Decolonize Your Body: An evening of art and spoken word poetry, exploring the concept of decolonisation and the reclamation of our bodies from eurocentric expectations.
Decolonize Your Body began as a simple idea between two women of colour and flourished into an empowering space for people of colour to explore their own relationships with the concept of decolonisation. After a wonderful debut event in Brooklyn, New York, co-founder Gagann Kaur and Jasmin Kaur are honoured to announce that Decolonize Your Body will be hosted in five cities spanning two continents this summer. Spoken word poet Damneet Kaur (@_dkaur) and Jasmin can’t wait to learn, share and grow alongside local artists of colour in Australia and the UK.
BananaSharma / @banana.sharma
No stranger to the spoken word scene, Vidhu (BananaSharma) Sharma is a British Indian writer & communicator from West London. She performs regularly for Empoword spoken word collective, has shared poetry with audiences in London, Mumbai and Dubai, and has recently published essays on contemporary society through Tattva Authorship Programme‘s latest release: Being In Beta.
Salma El-Wardany / @salmaelwardany
Half Egyptian, half Irish writer, Salma El-Wardany is crazy, mad passionate about the female experience and how feminine identities are constructed and played out in today’s world. She’s currently working on her debut novel Burkas & Bikinis, building her own marketing business, and writing and performing spoken word poetry across the US and UK. You can find her drinking tea, eating copious amounts of cake and dressing down the patriarchy at every available opportunity.
Sascha Gill / @wordsbysascha
Sascha started writing poetry when she was fourteen years old, but has only recently gained enough courage to share it publicly. A Law with French graduate and aspiring human rights lawyer, Sascha is passionate about the causes she writes about and hopes to make writing her full time job one day.
Ambar Yasin is an eighteen year old poet and storyteller. She comes from a dual heritage background of Pakistani and white Scottish and identifies as Muslim. She is currently an engineering apprentice in Birmingham.
Damneet Kaur / @_dkaur
Damneet Kaur is a writer and poet based in San Francisco, CA. Moving to the United States from Punjab, India at a young age and growing up in the community of Barrio Logan in San Diego, CA, Damneet connects her childhood experiences to her writing. She values and dedicates her time to the community that has raised her. As a first generation, low-income woman of color, Kaur finds it important to nurture the growth of our youth.
For her, poetry is one of the truest and most ancient forms in which people are able to tell their stories, validate their experiences and find solidarity amongst each other. Intersecting her Punjabi culture into the Latinx community she was raised in, she hopes to create bridges that will empower women of color, while eliminating the illusion of borders.
Jasmin Kaur / @jusmun
Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and spoken word artist living on unceded Sto:lo territory. Her writing, which explores otherness, decolonization and the beauty of resistance, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. As a creative writing facilitator and teacher, Jasmin has been facilitating artistic workshops for young people for the last several years. Currently working on her debut poetry collection, her poetry and articles have been published in Harper’s Bazaar India, NR Magazine, KaurLife Magazine and the Sikh Formations Journal.
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Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and spoken word artist living on unceded Sto:lo territory. Her writing, which explores otherness, decolonization and the beauty of resistance, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. As an arts facilitator, Jasmin has been leading creative writing and personal development workshops for young people over the last few years. Currently working on her debut poetry collection, her work has been published in Harper’s Bazaar India, NR Magazine, KaurLife Magazine, Sikh Formations Journal and the UFV Cascade.
You can find her on Instagram at @jusmun
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