Manuscripts of Foreign Body(s)

 

 

Manuscripts of Foreign Body(s) is a critical visual collective workshop-based project by Ahmad Baba (interdisciplinary artist) and Michalina Mrozek (film director) proposing the approach of TLGBQIA+ bodies of color as manuscripts of duality; being sites of oppressions as well as sites of resilience.

The project will be developed by organizing critical collective practices in intensive two-days-workshops “Foreign intimacies Workshops Weekend” on the 4th and 5th of September 2021, conducted by TQBIPOC artists from different disciplines, centering the body as a medium of endless narrations that holds within the untold stories, and it will be mapped and inscripted through a interviews sessions that aims towards building a queer reflective story(s) in a form of archives, a critical decolonial embodiment workshop dealing with body experiences from an intersectional perspective.

Establishing through these workshops are mechanisms of connectedness and emphasizing the experiences of marginalized bodies‘ isolation on a mentally and bodily level during COVID-19 as well as the post-pandemic growth and daily resistance. The project is also a space to narrate stories that our bodies hold in, out of the degrading or excluding societal lenses, serving as forms of manuscripts written from us by us. 

There will also be online panel discussions “Bodies and Borders: Berlin X Stettin“ on 11.09.2021 at 19:00 o’clock, in which experiences of body(s) of color become manuscripts defying borders and defining narratives. The panel hosts an LGBT-Activist from Stettin-Poland to connect the dots with Berlin and circulate experiences of marginalized bodies in white majority societies. 

As a result, the project is producing video segments that portray body(s) of color through their stories and their investigatory process throughout the project’s workshops. 

A potential final exhibition event will take place at Oyoun on 14.10.2021.

Foreign intimacies Workshops Weekend

The workshops are platforms for experimenting and developing a communication mechanism from/to TQBIPOC identifying individuals enhancing our own interpersonal relationships as well as suggesting how we can find a middle line for circulating experiences without judgement or evaluation, but more of sharing, reflecting, relating, constructive criticism and developing something new. 

The intimate collective workshops will invite TQBIPOC artists from different disciplines to come together and create a safe(r) space(s) for investigating bodies on different levels and bring forward narratives that speak to their own personal stories. Together we will develop a driving force that lacks in many spaces we exist in and see how we could focus on the discourses of resilience through the lens of our struggles, not the opposite. The workshops will emphasize on body politics approaches, empowerment of bodies of color, oneness and closeness and how bodies of color, as sites of oppressions, could develop a mechanism of defense without burning out one’s mental capacities. 

The workshops are from different artistic disciplines, such as Ballroom/voguing, Dance Movement Cycles (Decolonizing Embodiment Workshops) and a drag workshop. The collective workshops are divided into two days, 10-16 o’clock, including the documentation of the short video movie that will be generated in this project.

 

Participation requirements: Please follow the 3 G rule (tested, recovered, vaccinated).

   

Foreign intimacies Workshops Weekend I

Sa

04.09.2021

11:00-12:30

„Decolonizing Embodiment Workshop“

  

12:30-13:00

Break

  

13:00-14:30

Rediscovering Femininity Through A Post-Colonial Lens

  

15-16:30

Interviews sessions I

   

Foreign intimacies Workshops Weekend II

So

05.09.2021

11-12:30 Uhr

LABORATORY OF DESIRES

  

12:30-13:00

break

  

13:00-14:30

Drag Personas as Mythological Creatures: Be your own Guardian Angel, Monster and Superhero

  

15:00-16:30

interviews sessions II

    

Sa

11.9.2021

19:00

Panel Discussion (online)

    

So

09.09.2021

 

Interview (Bethanienhaus)

Do

14.10.2021

19:00

Abschlusspräsentation

Foreign intimacies Workshops Weekend I (Saturday)

Decolonizing Embodiment Workshops

Saturday              4.09.2021

 

Oyoun
Lucy-Lameck-Straße 32
12049 Berlin

powered by Ahmad Baba

Everybody is a body, but not everybody experiences their bodies in the same way. The intersection between race, gender, sexuality and ethnicity constructs our bodies and experiences that we didn’t have a choice on. The body(s) specifically of color and queer are at once sites of oppression, resistance, and resilience. So how can we experience embodiment with each other but most importantly with ourselves? And how does collective dancing or movement emphasize our individual experience(s) in our bodies and in relation to other bodies? In this series of workshops we will investigate body(s) from a therapeutic approach of how we can express what our bodies hold within, from microaggressions to racism, from resistance to empowerment, so we can find our ways back to our body(s) through the movement cycles and the manifestations of our stories that we present through our body(s).

The workshops will last two hours including an opening circle, several interventions and a closure/reflection round ending the session. You don’t need to have dance experience. These workshops are a priority for QTBIPOC individuals, and everybody else is welcome if they understand the space they are attending and their position in it. 

Bring your body, and wear comfortable clothes.

Through the colonial lens femininity has been warped and pathologizsed as something foreign, oppressive and weak to our bodies. We’ve been made to look down, resent and be afraid of exploring the depths of our expression and the power it holds for us, and the power it held for our ancestors. In this workshop we will explore the experiences we’ve had with expression through our bodies, look at the historical beauty and implications of living so unadulteratedly and using the dance form of ‘Vogue Femme’ from Ballroom culture, which is a celebration of femininity and the allowance to be. This workshop will explore all this with sound, movement and dance.

Rediscovering Femininity Through A Post-Colonial Lens

Sunday             4.09.2021

 

Oyoun
Lucy-Lameck-Straße 32
12049 Berlin

powered by mandhla.

Foreign intimacies Workshops Weekend II (Sunday)

LABORATORY OF DESIRES

Sunday             5.09.2021

 

Oyoun
Lucy-Lameck-Straße 32
12049 Berlin

powered by LUX VENEREA (aka Naya de Souza)

 

 

We all feel desired or undesired in certain ways. Perceptions of gender presentation, body shape, skin color, hair have an incredible influence on the way were socially perceived, and by consequence, desired. For people of color and trans people, these perceptions frame all your sex experiences and often creates layers of trauma that stop you to allowing yourself to new experiences. Desires are not natural, they’re learned. There is no such a thing as “preferences”, desire is thought and desire is a product of the experience. For BDSM practitioners and kinksters in general, desire can be a very tricky topic. Who’s DOM and WHO’S sub? Are some folks socially perceived as sub and others as DOM? What does being a top and being a bottom mean? What is a power bottom or a submissive top? The same way I believe gender is not a stationary state, neither are sexual roles. I believe we’re all tied up in several social ropes and can only move in certain ways. THE DESIRE LAB is a workshop shaped as a round of discussion, where attendants are encouraged to speak up about how we wish we were desired as we see ourselves and study them together. The lab aims to encourage participants to reflect and maybe produce visual imagery, solo or in group, that reflects the way they wish to be desired.

 

Strategy for marginalised bodies to go against the dominant narrative when creating their drag personas. How to envision and conceptualise your drag persona. From finding the right name, experimentation with makeups and looks to composing your performance. Using drag as a way of analysing the complexities of your identities, twisting others‘ projections on you, reclaiming the parts of you that are degraded by dominant narrative of the society. Drag begins with acknowledging the foreignness of your body. Then, amplifying, twisting and reclaiming it.

Drag Personas as Mythological Creatures:

 Be your own Guardian Angel, Monster and Superhero

Sunday             5.09.2021

Oyoun
Lucy-Lameck-Straße 32
12049 Berli

powered by Isu Mignon Mignonne (異水 謎龍 未姩) (it/it/its) 

Bodies and Borders: Berlin X Stettin by Manuscripts of Foreign Body(s)

 

Bodies and Borders: Berlin X Stettin

Saturady           11.09.2021

 

Online-Event

powered by Monika Pacyfka Tichy & Ahmad Baba

“Bodies and Borders: Berlin X Stettin “ is an online panel discussion, hosted by Ahmad Baba, as part of the project “ Manurscripts of Foreign Body(s) “, inviting queer activist from Stettin,Poland, Monika Tichy with Sara, to disscuss the questions around, how politics defines borders, and how borders target minorities and inflict harm on marginalized bodies of color (QTBIPOC).
The panel discussion will reshape borders on the level of body(s) seen as battlefields, and as the victims of systems that perpetuates fundamantelist, imperial, discriminatory and racist narratives, that aims to portray “ different “ body(s) as inferior, unnatural, and out of the heternormative spectrum. Europe promotes itself in the world as a safe haven for LGBTQIA+ body(s), specifically immigrants and of color, but how much is that of a reality? On the other side, the european saviorism narrative wants to portray these communities as victims outside of the democratic west, while the focus should be on how they become victims of systems that promote inclusivity and safety, while actually causing more harm. How about shedding more light on survival as a resilience act of marginalized bodies?
In Poland the situation has risen against LGBTQIA+ and women, making it unbearable for the communities to live their lives in the safety they also have been promised, so how much borders are definiying the oppressive acts of governments on lives of minorities? And how does activism as a tool of change manifest and shape the experiences of people, whom by choice or without being entitled to that position?
The panel will bridge experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals, from Berlin to Stettin, and connect the points on how the communities bind on experiences of oppressions, taking in consideration intersectionality of identities, and how can we improve the situations of targeted bodies in different cities and parts of the world, by working towards deconstructions of facist ideologies while creating saf(er) spaces that highlights resilience and strength of QTBIPOC communities, and allow accesses to more spaces for growth.

Join us!
Foreign intimacies Workshops Weekend
Our leaders:

Ahmad Baba

 

Decolonizing Embodiment Workshops

 

 

Ahmad Baba

is an interdisciplinary and social artist, currently a dance movement therapist (M.A) in the making, investigating intersectionality in arts therapies and gender body politics and mental health for marginalized communities. Since 2016 he is conceptualizing and developing pragmatic critical collective workshops and visual projects with QTBIPOC groups and artists focusing on alternative narratives for identity(s) and a different approach to experiences of oppression(s) that communities of color face in a western context.

mandhla.

Rediscovering Femininity Through A Post-Colonial Lens

 

 

Mandhla.

is a 24 year old trans-feminine gender non-comforming performing and visual artist born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa. As a current resident in Berlin, she brings a blend of experimental R&B and Soul music intertwined with visual projections and performative dancing. Her art explores the daily trials that trans*, enby and femme* immigrant bodies experience with love, identity, sex and acceptance. A strong lover of fashion, the art of vogueing and music, she promises to bring to you an experience that takes you to a world of beauty and divine epiphanies through fierce queer representation and black femme* power.

LUX VENEREA aka Naya de Souza

 

LABORATORY OF DESIRES

 

 

LUX VENEREA (aka Naya de Souza)

 

Comedian, speaker, chef, performer, poet, cangaceira transviada. Left the Sertão of Brazil to be a travesti*. Also left debts in the bank of brazil and believes that sleeping alligators are turned into YTpeople’s purses.

Isu

Drag Personas as Mythological creatures : Be your own Guardian Angel, Monster and Superhero

 

 

Isu Mignon Mignonne (異水 謎龍 未姩) (it/it/its)

Isu questions how itself* appears in the world, and twists it through various kinds of performance. It can be ritualistic, it can be multi-layered, it can be cathartic. It resurrects the invisible queer death through green screen. It wears the female figure as an anaglyph 3d illusion . It reclaims the power of instrumentalizing one’s body and praises the sacred hole through the vibration of the snake.

Michalina Mrozek

 

Filmmaker

 

 

Michalina Mrozek

Interview session powered by Michalina Mrozek
She is a filmmaker and film educator who has been working as an independent filmmaker in Berlin since the beginning of 2013. She has many years of experience in educational work with youth and young adults as a project manager and filmmaker. For the past four years, she has increasingly realised projects with LGBTQ+ communities that aim for more visibility and tolerance.

Monika Pacyfka Tichy

rebel, activist, motorcyclist, feminist, traveler, filmmaker, photographer, journalist, writer

 

 

Monika Pacyfka Tichy

a rebel, activist, motorcyclist, feminist, traveler, filmmaker, photographer, journalist, writer. She used to be a motorcycle racing organizer and racers promoter, but she quit when „PiS“ Party came to power and the human rights in Poland were in danger. She established LGBT+ NGO in her city of Szczecin and organizes Pride Marches since then. She’s a Białystok pogrom survivor and Polish „queen of Prides“, as in 2019 she participated in 24 of them (out of 30). Since October 2020 she organizes also Women’s Strike protests regarding abortion ban, and recently was targeted by leader of anti-choice Polish movement leader to be defamed in government media. She loves her Chosen Family, The Wachowskis movies and Pol’and’Rock (former: Woodstock) Festival.

Förderung des Fonds Soziokultur aus dem Programm der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM) „NEUSTART KULTUR“

 

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von:

Gemeinsam. Schaffen. Patenschaften für das WIR der Verschiedenen ist Teil des Bundesprogramms Menschen stärken Menschen und wird gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend.