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Queer Fire

27 May 2021 | 6.30pm

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Kathryn Yusoff & Ivy Monteiro in conversation with Bliss Carmxn

There is a flame, there is a light.* The screen glows, scorching the window, and light illuminates and brightens a room, and another room, and another, in London, Lusaka, Zurich, //Hui !Gaeb, Tkaronto, and more.

All are invited to gather for the last time in this collective field of light, to burn with us for the final dispatch from the Co-Liberation Lecture Series convened by the RCA School of Architecture.

On Thursday 27 May, we will be joined by Professor of Inhuman Geography, Kathryn Yusoff, and performance artist, dancer and Pioneer Mother of the House of B Poderosa, Ivy Monteiro, to attune our frequencies to the crackling, sizzling and licking burn of a planet on fire, and a people of fire. We will contend with a world in which fire and desire deemed unmanaged and unmanageable are cast with disdain. We will revel too in the possibilities and performances of counter-narratives: through the queering of combustion, the fiyah of Babylon’s bun, and practices of queer shapeshifting which ignite, reclaim and re-vision life in the embers. Following their talks, Yusoff and Monteiro will be joined in conversation by Bliss Carmxn: ‘a queer performer, a non-binary dancing soul, an all you can eat buffet.’

*with gratitude to Yvonne Vera, “The flame that scorches my pages,” The Chronicle, Zimbabwe, January 21, 1997. Reprinted in Some Writers Can Give You Two Heartbeats, eds. Tinashe Mushakavanhu and Nontsikelelo Mutiti (Richmond and Harare: Black Chalk & Co., 2019), 45.

British Sign Language interpretation is available for this lecture.