Date(s) - Mon 16 November
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The opening night of the Trans/Forms exhibition (www.facebook.com/events/1680138608871907/) for Transgender day of Remembrance featuring live art and performance from:
Raju Rage (www.rajurage.com) -Raju Rage’s current project ‘kink, culture, conflict’ explores how rubber and its material and colonial history connect to modern day kink/sensual/sexual practices as forms of cultural bondage and rites. Inspired by Anjali Arondekar’s ‘For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India’ and a recent collaboration in a photoshoot with fierce photographer Ajamu. Raju is building this work into a live sculptural performance focusing on sexuality and gender in necropolitical times which will be performed as a work in progress.
Raju Rage’s work focuses on exploring, occupying and performing race, ethnicity, gender and queerness. Specifically, the way ‘South Asian’ queer gender non-conforming people have to navigate and negotiate their bodies in a western world where there is often a conflict between defining and expressing complex identities.
Their practice is centred on contemporary gendered and feminist interrogations of rites. Rites as religious, spiritual and/or cultural traditions performed in daily life, in ceremony and as a ritual. Focusing on South Asian cultural rituals, such as the tying, binding and wearing of cloth, and the history and politics of how these are both inextricably woven and tied together. For example, the politics of cloth and colonial trade and their impact on the brown body in diaspora.
Their work interrogates the ways in which identities are constructed and read/misread, being visible and yet invisible at the same or different times and the affect of space, symbolism, stereotypes, ethnic codes, ideology and gazes on the body. They work in live art, performance and sculpture focusing on de-con-structive techniques of resistance such as interruption, confusion, disturbance and anti-performance primarily use their non-conforming body and embodiment,but also working with assemblages of sculpture, collage and unspoken narratives in multimedia formats.
Afon Sistema (www.facebook.com/AfonSistem) – a new Maracatu percussion group in Bristol fusing percussion from North-East Brazil with rhythms from around the world. In tragic circumstances, a person from a Maracatu group based in Rio de Janeiro, Adriano Cor, was killed in a transphobic attack. Adriano was a dancer in the group, a role which is often taken by trans people.
After this horrible event: there is a worldwide movement for groups who play the Maracatu rhythm to stand up and manifest against Transphobia and Homophobia. There is more info about Adriano and the worldwide movement/petition here: http://manifestocor.com/en/