Other languages; embodying intersections. When poetry erodes borders

Tuesday 21 February, 18:00-19.30
Graduate Centre Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor

Poetry, music and performance: four female artists will explore the dissolution of borders through cultural disobedience and the creation of alternative languages

Image: Laura Carrascosa Vela
Image: Laura Carrascosa Vela

Featuring four female artists who work in the fields of poetry, music and performance, this event aims to call attention to the importance of acknowledging intersectionality in the reception of art and cultural production in general. The term intersectionality refers to the overlapping of social identities (gender, race, class, sexuality, native language…) and their relative systems of oppression and self-representation. Through the concepts of disobedience and failure we will explore how creating new languages and reconstructing dead ones can entail political action.

We speak because there is a desire to access and to comprehend the “other” and the “self”. Very often that desire is frustrated. Using different texts in English, Spanish, Chilean- Spanish and Catalan the artists will explore the limits of communication within the “normal” or “conventional” use of language, as well as new alternatives which emerge from the margins of fixed social identity categories.

The evening will consist in a poetry reading and performance plus a small talk and conversation with the public.

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Speakers: Jèssica Pujol Duran, Jorinde Croese, Luna Montenegro, Sara Torres

jessica-pujolJèssica Pujol Duran lives in London. She is currently a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Santiago de Chile. She was Poet in Residence at the University of Surrey in 2013/2014 and edits Alba Londres (www.albalondres.com), a magazine on translation focused on British, Spanish and Latin American literature. She has written and translated in Catalan, English and Spanish, and her poetry and translations have been published in magazines such as Tripwire, Poetari, Datableed, Sibila, Kokoro, Hi Zero, onedit, Crater, La tribu de Frida and Summerstock; and anthologies such as The Dark Would: anthology of language art and Donzelles de l’any 2000. She has two chapbooks in English, Now Worry (Department, 2012) and Every Bit of Light (Oystercatcher Press, 2012); a book in Catalan, El país pintat (El pont del petroli, 2015), and one in Spanish, Entrar es tan difícil salir, with translations by William Rowe (Veer Books, 2016).

luna-montenegroLuna Montenegro is a visual artist, poet and performer living in London. She works with text, sound, drawing, installation and film. She is a founder member of the art collective mmmmm and mmmmmfilms. She plays in the experimental band ‘THE YET’ and runs ‘one night stanza’ a small hand made publishing press. She is interested in ideas of ritual, presence, locality and collaboration. She studied Fine Art and Social Sciences at Universidad Católica de Chile. Her work has been published by Intuitive Projects press, Writers Forum Chile, Errant Bodies Berlin, Recrea Libros, Alba Berlin, Word For/ Word, Crater Press, Tonic and Poetry Wales among other poetry and art journals. She has been part of the Writers forum with Bob Cobbing, London Biennale and Writers Forum Chile. She has shown her work in the ICA, Bibliotheca National de France, Lettrétage Literaturhaus, Zebra Poetry film Festival Berlin, museums, art galleries, residencies, public spaces, internet and radio. www.mmmmm.org.uk

sara-torresSara Torres is a PhD student at QMUL, working on lesbian desire and writing. BA in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Oviedo and Queen Mary University of London; MA in Critical Methodologies at King’s College. Her research focuses on the study of cultural representations and signifying practices through an interdisciplinary critical apparatus which interweaves Psychoanalysis, Feminisms and Queer Studies. With her book La otra genealogía (Madrid: Torremozas) she won the Gloria Fuertes National Poetry Prize. In 2016 she was awarded a scholarship by the Antonio Gala Foundation with the project of writing a novel: Vida Mínima. Her second book of poems, entitled Conjuros y Cantos, was published by Kriller 71.

jorinde-croeseJorinde Croese is a London-based musician and writer; currently the editor of 1 Granary – the platform founded by the students and graduates of the four best fashion design schools worldwide: Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons in New York and the Royal Academy of Art in Antwerp. Her work has been published on Dazed, i-D, AnOther, Toile and Revista Kokoro among others. She has been developing the Polyphonic Operetta with Sara Torres and is working towards the release of Music for Lesbian Sex, the debut record of her band crouseaux.

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