Events: Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series!

I’m excited to announce the Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series!

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Series description:

  • What is the relationship between queer media and queer activism? How have queers, trans* folks, feminists, people of color, poor people, and people with disabilities harnessed media production practices in the service of social justice activism? How have local Philadelphia artists, activists, and academics mobilized to create films, video artworks, performances, training workshops, and courses that stretch beyond the local context and into the transnational public sphere? The Queer Media Activism Series examines the relationship between queer activism and queer media production through film screenings, lectures by transnational video artists, roundtables on social justice media making, live performances, and discussions about oral history media projects. The Philadelphia Queer Media Activism series explores these questions through a multimedia, multidisciplinary, and multi-sited series of events around Philadelphia during March and April 2013.


Drag Activism: Performing the Revolution!

  • March 30, 2013. 6-9 pm
  • William Way LGBT Community Center (1315 Spruce Street)
  • Come hear from and watch some of Philadelphia’s Icon Ebony Fierce 3most fabulous drag performers! Exploring how live performance and gender-bending play can enable social bonds and contribute to political transformation, the performers will discuss how activism is at play in their work and the important work that drag communities and cultures do in Philadelphia.
  • After the discussion, stick around for a performance by: THE DUMPSTA PLAYERS, ICON EBONY FIERCE, CHARLES COHEN, and THE LIBERTY CITY KINGSDumpsta Players 4Liberty City Kings logo

Social Justice Media Making: A Conversation with Aishah Shahidah Simmons & Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez

  • April 1, 2013. 12-2 pm. Temple University, 812 Anderson Hall (Women’s Studies Lounge)
  • This event brings together two contemporary activist-artists whose multimedia and multifaceted work demonstrates the best that social justice media making can embody: Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez and Aishah Shahidah Simmons. These two vibrant artist-activists will discuss their own multimedia work as well as the importance of media production for marginalized communities, examining how marginalized communities have and can mobilize media making tools in the service of social justice.Aishah & Moni
  • AISHAH SHAHIDAH SIMMONS (@Afrolez) is an AfroLez®femcentric Cultural Worker who for over twenty years has been both motivated and engaged as a cultural worker because she believes each one of us has the birth right to live in a world where oppression and exploitation based on gender, race/ethnicity, national origin/citizenship, sexual orientation, class, and/or religion of anyone is non-existent. Aishah is the director of the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed documentary film NO!: The Rape Documentary, which explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans.
  • MÓNICA ENRÍQUEZ-ENRÍQUEZ is a queer Latina, born and raised in Colombia, who migrated to the U.S. in 2001. She received her M.F.A in Digital Arts and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz, where her work Fragments of Migration explored queer asylum and constructions of citizenship in the U.S. She is currently based in New York, and her artistic and activist projects focus on the deportation, detention, and criminalization of communities of color. Mónica’s video art installations include Escrito, Un/binding Desires, Intimate Margins, and Reclaiming Spaces. Mónica’s political and ethical commitment to making her art relevant and accessible to the communities she is in conversation with guides her production and exhibition practices.

Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez: Film Screening & Director’s Talk

  • Monday, April 1 from 6-8pm
  • The Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street)MonicaEnriquezEnriquezPic
  • Queer Latina, Colombian-American video artist MÓNICA ENRÍQUEZ-ENRÍQUEZ will be screening several of her recent multimedia works that focus on queer asylum, migration, and citizenship, as well as giving a lecture on the issues her work raises in relationship to queer media activism in a transnational frame.
  • Screenings will include:
  • escrito, 2007, 2 min: poetically gestures to the contradictions of what it means to be a queer immigrant in the U.S.bodyrope1
  • entre nos, 2012: queer migrants survivors of violence speak amongst themselves (“entre nos”) about what being undocumented in the U.S. means and the devastating impact of law enforcement and immigration enforcement collaboration.
  • un/binding desires, 2011: develops the idea of “marginal desires” and displays images of bondage as an expression of queer difference. These images accompany the audio based conversations with queer migrants and queers who explore their parents’ histories of migration while speaking about their own desires. By destabilizing the accessibility of U.S. history of migration through making a space for these marginal desires and literally re-reading such history, this piece invites you to question the ways in which migration and desire are usually represented
  • fragments of migration installation, 2008: This piece interrogates the institution of asylum in the U.S. based on sexual identity and gender identity.
  • intimate margins installation, 2007: By interweaving intimate conversations among undocumented lesbians, we reclaim political spaces in the margins.
  • work in progress: fragments of conversations with a queer migrant as she journeys back “home” horizontally juxtaposed with the words of a queer young person of color speaking about homelessness, criminalization and sex work.

Archives, Affects, & Activism: Preserving Queer & Trans Histories

  • April 20, 2013. 7-9 pm
  • Giovanni’s Room Bookstore (345 S. 12th Street)
  • Come learn how Philly bookstores, libraries, zine fests, archives, and media artists are creating and preserving Philly queer and transgender histories, and making them available to the public in creative ways. Presenters include:
  • HELYX CHASE, Director of the Philadelphia Trans Oral History Project. Hailing from Philadelphia, Helyx is a gender queer dyke video artist, activist and media literacy educator. Ze is a Hampshire College graduate with a degree in Video,

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    Social Justice, Youth Empowerment and Global Power Dynamics. Hir work focuses on extending tools and promoting media creation, specifically for those who are systematically excluded from methods of media production.

  • SARAH ROSE, Co-Director of the Philly Feminist Zine PFZF LogoFest. The Zine Fest showcases some of the awesome zines Philly folks are making, and explores how zine making and DIY media in relation to social justice.
  • CHE GOSSETT, writer and activist who is a contributor to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (eds. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith), Trans Studies Reader Volume II (eds. Susan Stryker and Aren Aziura) and the forthcoming anthology Queer Necropolitics (eds. Jin Haritaworn, Adi Kuntsman, Silvia Posocco).  Che is currently working on a biography of AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya.
  • BOB SKIBA, Archivist at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The William Way Archives are Philadelphia’s most extensive collection of rare books, periodicals, video and audio tapes, periodicals, personal correspondence, and other ephemera documenting the rich history of our LGBT communities.

This series is generously supported by Giovanni’s Room Bookstore; the Rotunda; the William Way LGBT Community Center; Temple University’s Film and Media ArtsLatin American Studies, Tyler Visual Studies, and Women’s Studies departments; Temple University’s Queer Student Union and General Activity Fees; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Alice Paul Center, Art HistoryCinema Studies, Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s StudiesHistory, Latin American & Latino Studies, and Visual Studies departments as well as the Penn Humanities Forum.

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