Date: June 10
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Location: Doelenzaal, Singel Library, University of Amsterdam
in cooperation with University of Colour
On the “From Thick Skin to Femme Armour Tour,” throughout the month of June 2016, Kama La Mackerel will be touring across different cities in Europe in order to perform, discuss her ongoing projects, strategize about global/local resistance, speak about love, healing, politics and poetry, and connect and engage with different queer and trans communities across Europe.
Kama’s current project, From Thick Skin to Femme Armour, is an extensive multi-disciplinary art and research project that seeks to visibilize and honour trans femme of colour resistance and resilience across history and in contemporary everyday life. Kama’s writing has been anthologized and published both online and in print. In 2016, on International Women’s Day, the CBC featured Kama La Mackerel as one of 9 women whose art is making a difference in Canada. A femme supreme who is haunted by the ocean, Kama was born in Mauritius and first migrated to India as a young adult before moving to Tio’tia:ke/Montreal in September 2011.
Kama La Mackerel is a Tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based community organizer, movement builder, writer, poet, story-teller, curator and multi-disciplinary artist whose work focusses on narration and cultural production as modes of anti-colonial resistance. The medium of Kama’s work ranges from performance to textiles, from story-telling to print, from poetry to photography and film. Kama is also a long-time organizer who is very actively involved in different grassroots social justice movements at the intersections of migrant justice, gender justice, anti-racism and decolonization.
Kama is the co-founder of Qouleur Festival, an annual arts festival and healing space that celebrates the art and lives of queer and trans people of colour in Montreal, and is the founder and hostess of GENDER B(L)ENDER, Montreal’s unique monthly queer open stage, which has provided a platform for more than 350 LGBTQ+ artists to showcase their work and talent. Kama is also the curator of the annual performance night, The Self-Love Cabaret: l’amour se conjugue à la première personne, and has curated résistance//résidence and Home Invasion: Queers Shaking the Foundations of All White Houses, all of which featured queer and trans artists of colour in different Canadian cities. Kama uses “she/her” or “they/them” pronouns.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KamaLaMackerel