Belinda Zhawi performs “South X South East” poetry & sound set


Belinda Zhawi, Photo by: Theo Ndlovu

For the Collective Intimacy live programme, artist Belinda Zhawi as MA.MOYO presented SOUTH X SOUTH EAST. This work explores youth migration and interrogates what it means to forge identities based on geography. What it means to have more than one home and further exploration of what home means. The aim of the project is to explore the emotional landscape of these seismic shifts and how they can affect a person in their later life when thinking about identity. SXSE aims to explore loss and mourning of home or geographies through the use of poetry, vocalisation and music.

The works featured in this projects are field recordings and original works with musical contributions from harpist, Marysia Osuchowska and Caleb Azumah Nelson.

Collective Intimacy was a live programme that took us on a journey in which multiple and trans-located narratives of the current Black experience and their futuristic imaginaries are the point of departure for a cosmopolitan view of the world. Presented in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory and The Store X, Collective Intimacy took place at 180 The Strand within the Black Image Corporation installation by Theaster Gates, and at The Showroom during October – November 2019. Across these two sites, both the spectacular and the everyday merged in an interconnected programme featuring artists, musicians, designers, writers, thinkers, collectives and members of the public who are invited to distort notions of selfhood and togetherness.

Belinda Zhawi, South X South East Performance, Prada Mode London featuring Collective Intimacy, 3 October 2019, courtesy of Prada. Watch here



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