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Raisa Kabir and melannie monoceros

Raisa Kabir and melannie monoceros are kindred writers/artists who live 3,900 miles apart. They were invited by Guest Editor Sandra Alland to document a Skype conversation about their experiences as queer disabled BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) working in textile arts in London and Winnipeg. Raisa's (un)weaving performances comment on power, production, disability, and the body as a living archive of collective trauma. She utilises woven text/textiles, sound, video and performance, and has exhibited at The Whitworth, The Tetley, Raven Row, Textile Arts Center NYC, and the Center for Craft Creativity and Design. [http://raisakabir.com] Melannie is currently based in Treaty 1/Winnipeg, the home of the Métis First Nation and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Dakota and Oji-Cree Nations. A Black, queer and chronically ill creator, they explore polysensory production and somatic grief through text/ile and performance. [http://melanniemonoceros.com/] Image description: This image contains two photographs. Top photo: Raisa Kabir by Julian Lister. Raisa is a South Asian queer disabled femme. Her hair is tied back, and she's wearing a baggy dark blue top with the word 'WHY' in yellow writing on the front and sleeves. Raisa is sitting in a grassy field, working thread in a loom. Bottom photo: melannie monoceros, self portrait. melannie is a Black non-binary person wearing dark brown glasses, hoop earrings, and a septum piercing, as well as pink lipstick. They're wearing a white cardigan with a striped shirt beneath. Behind them is one of their tapestries, in a rich variety of colours. A mottled walking stick can be seen hanging from the wall to the left of the picture. Image credit: Julian Lister/melannie monoceros

Posts by Raisa Kabir and melannie monoceros

South Asian queer disabled femme in traditional red and white dress standing on some stones by the sea. Red threads are attached from her dress to one of the stones.

From Body to Textile: melannie monoceros and Raisa Kabir in conversation

Join two queer BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or people of colour) disabled artists/writers on their Zoom call between Manchester and Winnipeg. Raisa Kabir and melannie monoceros discuss the racialised, classed and gendered history of textiles, weaving, and 'craft'. Topics include bodily connection, and the effects of colonialism and industrialisation on Indigenous ...

Raisa Kabir and melannie monoceros