A personal narrative writing workshop that uses the cultural practices of hip hop to encourage self-reflection and self-worth. Participants will be lead through a step by step process with the intention of creating a detailed original story. The group will then engage in a series of freestyling exercises to develop presence and confidence, culminating in the sharing of their original stories out loud.
Figgy Baby is a rapper, performer, and community builder in Los Angeles, who creates work mainly around mixedness and masculinity. They wrote and starred in a nationally touring hip hop theater show, "Mixed-Race Mixtape." which recently was released as a full-length album, available on all streaming sites. Figgy's work strives to create a fluid space that recognizes identity and truth as continuously changing and progressing aspects of life.
4TH SPACE, at Concordia University is located on the ground floor level and is wheelchair accessible. There is one wheelchair accessible, gender-neutral bathroom on the third floor. To raise other accessibility requests or questions please contact 4TH SPACE.
We acknowledge that to be “on site” requires that we question our relationship to the past, present, and future of the site on which we gather - Tiohtiá:ke on the unceded lands of the Kanien'kehá: ka Nation. Tiohtiá:ke is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. If this is not your land, how did you get here? How did your ancestors get here? How does race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, ability, and class affect the ways in which we relate to, move through, and create space? While the exhibition and corresponding programming is free of charge, we will be encouraging and collecting donations for The Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal.
While the act of queering space can point out the limitations of the ways in which the world around us is produced and normalized by and for certain bodies and not others, it is pertinent that we continuously reflect and act on the ways in which settler LGBTQI+ life is complicit in upholding ongoing colonial structures. As a pin on Queering The Map in Honolulu, Hawaii attests: “queer liberation must mean decolonization, and decolonization must mean queer liberation.”
This project is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Connection Grant, the Sustainability Action Fund and the External and Mobilization Fund at Concordia University, as well as the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture.