Belinda Zhawi: SOUTH X SOUTH EAST Performances
Writer, sound artist and educator Belinda Zhawi stages SOUTH X SOUTH EAST, an ongoing performance since 2019 combining poetry and sound to explore the emotional landscape of youth migration whilst interrogating what it means to forge identities based on geographies. It looks into what it means to have more than one home and a further exploration of what home means. The aim of the project is to explore the emotional landscape of these seismic shifts and how they can affect a person in their later life when thinking about identity. SXSE thus addresses the loss and mourning of home or geographies through the use of poetry, vocalisation and music. The works featured in this projects are field recordings and original works with musical contributions from harpist, Marysia Osuchowska and Caleb Azumah Nelson.
Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean literary & sound artist based in London, author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018), & experiments with sound/text performance as MA.MOYO. Her work has been featured on various platforms including The White Review, NTS, Boiler Room & BBC Radio. She’s held residencies with Triangle Asterides, Serpentine Galleries and ICA London. Belinda’s currently working on her first full collection of poems.
Above Image: Belinda Zhawi, SOUTH X SOUTH EAST, Contra la Raza [Against Race] live programme, Cineteca Madrid, 2021. Courtesy of Matadero Madrid and The Showroom, London. Photo: Lukasz Michalak
This live programme accompanies the project Contra la Raza [Against Race] at Matadero Madrid 3 June - 28 November 2021, originally part of the framework of PHotoESPAÑA 2021 proposed by Guest Curator Elvira Dyangani Ose. This multidisciplinary initiative incorporates a video-based installation and live programme appealing to our collective consciousness to advocate for the establishment of a new planetary humanism.
Matadero’s dark, soaring Nave 0 hosts a multimedia installation of Relic Traveller by Larry Achiampong, alongside a group screening of audiovisual works by artists including Ramone Anderson, Rubén H. Bermúdez, Sally Fenoux Barleycorn, Amartey Golding, Jérôme Havre, Julianknxx, Katia Kameli, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba, Mónica de Miranda, Nástio Mosquito, Paulo Nazareth, Heidi Ramírez, Sara Sadik, Berni Searle, Cauleen Smith, Camille Turner and Belinda Zhawi.