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Key details


  • 5:30pm – 7pm


  • Battersea


  • Free

Who could attend

  • Everyone


  • Conference or symposium

The first Black and Queer event at the Royal College of Art features Zinzi Minott, Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson and Leah Kirby (CYRO). 

Join us on a visual journey from all three pioneering artists where we will be holding space for Black queer futurism. Amongst other aspects of their practice, we will be exploring Blackness and queerness as lenses for transfeminism, ecological sustainability and belonging. Black femme and gender non-conforming experiences will be considered, as well as the exclusion of Black lesbians from Black women's spaces, and the transphobic rhetoric of TERFS (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) and SWRFS (sex-worker-exclusionary radical feminist). From this, our conversation will turn to how they challenge the replications of depersonalisation in an anti-Black and anti-queer world.

Zinzi Minott's work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. Zinzi (she/her) explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. She is specifically interested in the place of Black women's body within the form. 

As a dancer and filmmaker, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance, seeing her live performance, filmic explorations and objects as different but connected manifestations of dance and body-based outcomes and enquiry.

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson (she/they) is a London-based interdisciplinary artist and transformative justice practitioner whose work illuminates, conjures and explores realms within and beyond Black womanhood, queerness, gender nonconformity, neurodivergence and migrational experiences from a place of belonging. Rooted in spirituality, land/earthwork and healing-justice as embodied ancestral knowledge systems. Through installation, performance, workshop facilitation, ceremony, writing and image making - Lateisha creates space for rest, connection and expansion - centring perspectives of survivorship through eco-feminist futurisms as world-growing mechanisms towards Liberation. 

CYRO is a Blasian, queer, non-binary, drag king/thing performed by the artist Leah Kirby (they/them)! Bringing strength, beauty, and awareness to the stage. Exuding political ferocious and heartfelt celebrations of the black trans experience. From performances at Shakespeare's globe to Fantabulosa! You've seen them across the UK and internationally on the stage, in the streets, and, if you're lucky, in your sheets. They have a BA in World Performance from the East 15 Acting School and draguated from the Soho Drag and Cabaret Lab in 2019. Since then, they've performed at venues like Shakespeare's Globe, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and Glastonbury Festival.

This event will have a British Sign Language Interpreter.

RCA BLK and QUEER Society Presents... Black Queer Artists in Conversation