Towards a Living Memory
ARTISTS: EMKAY ADJEI-MANU & NURI MAHADERE
How do Black queer, trans and gender-expansive people practice and sustain the act of survival as it relates to experiences of displacement, dispossession, and/or disembodiment?
How do we tend to ourselves as Black people of queer, trans, and gender-expansive experience? Where do we go to seek out home and belonging? How have we been tending to ourselves and one another? This research is part of a larger undertaking; it’s a careful and intentional collecting of stories that have been overlooked. The asking and telling of our lived experiences follows a legacy of storytelling that serves to record, remember, and pass down our means of survival. It follows in the footsteps of a Black feminist tradition of working from the margins—of society, academia, archival practice and history-making—and bringing the stories and experiences of our community to a new centre. Digital and oral archives are the tools we use to bridge the gaps in our history. These voice notes are a living memory of our collective and individual survival.