Materializing futurities builds on stories shared during part 1 to create tangible manifestations of the spaces in which we want and/or need our bodies to (co)exist. using affirmations from "yes, and... also" as blueprints we will draw from found + recycled materials to build prototypes of our stories in order to visualize the actors, architectures + social infrastructures that created them. Throughout this process our prototypes will be put in dialogue with each other in order to better visualize possibilities stemming from the emergence of healthy/resilient spaces for ourselves and our communities.
nènè myriam konaté is a multidisciplinary artist/cultural connector whose work focuses on storytelling + somatic knowledge(s). nènè is the founder/creative director of the clap back, a space to informally discuss everything from pop culture phenomena to divisive political issues. nènè is also a co-founder of collective culture, a platform that celebrates the voices of black, indigenous + racialized artists through the development of multidisciplinary content and programming. nènè is currently working as general manager for nsvg, a creative agency that facilitates the collaborative development of vanguard musical experiences while making meaningful connections beyond borders.
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.