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'SOUTH X SOUTH EAST' by Belinda Zhawi for Collective Intimacy

Writer, sound artist and educator Belinda Zhawi stages SOUTH X SOUTH EAST, a new & ongoing performance that combines poetry and sound to explore the emotional landscape of youth migration whilst interrogating what it means to forge identities based on geographies.

Thursday 21 November 2019, 6–8:30pm

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For the Collective Intimacy live programme, artist Belinda Zhawi as MA.MOYO presented SOUTH X SOUTH EAST. This work explores migration when one is young and interrogates what it means to forge identities based on geography. What it means to have more than one home and 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 aims to explore 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.

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Collective Intimacy was a live programme that took us on a journey in which multiple and trans-located narratives of the current Black experience and their futuristic imaginaries are the point of departure for a cosmopolitan view of the world. Presented in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory and The Store X, Collective Intimacy took place at 180 The Strand within the Black Image Corporation installation by Theaster Gates, and at The Showroom during October – November 2019. Across these two sites, both the spectacular and the everyday merged in an interconnected programme featuring artists, musicians, designers, writers, thinkers, collectives and members of the public who are invited to distort notions of selfhood and togetherness.

Image: Belinda Zhawi, Photo by: Theo Ndlovu

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Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer, sound artist & educator currently based in London. Her work explores Afro-diasporic research & narratives; how art & education can be used as intersectional tools. She was the 2016/17 Institute of Contemporary Arts Associate Poet, is the 2019 Serpentine Galleries’ Schools Artist in Residence & co-founder of, literary arts platform, BORN::FREE. Belinda is the author of Small Inheritances (ignitionpress, 2018) and micro-pamphlet, South of South East (Bad Betty Press, 2019).

Zhawi has recently been selected as an artist for Artangel's Thinking Time initative supporting early-career artists to research, reflect, and develop their ideas. ‘The timely initiative comes in reflection and response to the current state of suspension where production has stalled, and arts institutions around the world have been forced to close; which has brought into focus something that never shuts down: the power and importance of the imagination.’