house, crisis, danger and (re)organization
- Feminist poetry and Sofia Zadar concert
- Free entry for girls, women and non-binary people based on registration
Our lives have been deeply affected by the events and phenomena of recent years. The complex social organization in which we live, the impressive network of relationships and environments created by the ways in which power accumulates and manifests itself, determines the ways in which we live. And when we become aware of all this, when we allow ourselves to observe how we feel and look for liberating answers, the result can be unexpected.
Feminist poetry, assumed and situated, is a strong, affirmative intervention of our capacity for action in this world. Feminist poetry expresses our emotional and relational life, using our ability to become aware of our own position, but also our collective power. Our words create connection. Create bridges. Hope. Vision.
This encounter with feminist poetry, in collaboration with the Literature and Feminism platform, brings together five poets whose words vibrate with affection created by them being aware of their own situation. Ways in which your own expression can become valuable to others. Ways to create solidarity. We’re talking about house, crisis, danger and (re)organization, about the climate crisis, the right to housing, remedies for isolation and the possibilities of worlds built on other bases, the poets invite us to explore with them new ways of understanding what is happening to us and what we can change.
*Free entry for girls, women and non-binary people based on the registration form available here.
Event concept: Andreea Andrei
Poems by: Alina Purcaru , Carolina Vozian, Ileana Negrea, Maia Șerbănescu, Maria Martelli
Concert: Sofia Zadar
Event host: Paul Dunca/Paula Dunker
Curator: Laura Sandu
Ileana Negrea. 37 years old. Feminist, mad and queer poet, activist. Writes from points of intersections, about them. She was published in various magazines, has written a short story for the queer feminist speculative anthology Lumile noastre posibile, Hecate, 2021 and debuted with the volume of poetry Jumătate din viața mea de acum, frACTalia, 2021. Nominated for the Sofia Nădejde Awards, Debut Poetry, 2021 and winner of the Mihai Eminescu Opus Primum National Poetry Competition. She started Cenacle X, with which she published the anthology Adăposturi, frACTalia, 2021. She lives with a cat named Luz. She likes yellow cherries, books with glossy covers, red lipsticks and glitter.
Alina Purcaru has published two volumes of poems, rezistență (Cartea Românească Publishing House, 2016) and Indigo (Tracus Arte Publishing House, Bucharest, 2018), is the co-author of the collective novel Rubik (Polirom Publishing House, 2008) and coordinator of five collective volumes: Poveşti cu scriitoare şi copii (Polirom Publishing House, 2014), 10.000 de semne/Otros 10.000 caracteros (bilingual anthology of Romanian prose, in Romanian-Spanish edition, published by ICR Publishing House in 2017) and, together with Paula Erizanu, the three volumes of the anthology of poems Un secol de poezie română written by women (Cartier Publishing House, 2019, 2020, 2021). She has also written two children’s books, Catrina și marele Domn Somn şi Un unicorn în muzeul de oase (both with illustrations by Mihaela Paraschivu, published by Cartier Publishing House, 2017). She is a PEN member, her poems have been translated in many languagesand is present with contributions in several collective volumes. She is currently the editor of the Cultural Observatory magazine.
Iulia Militaru is a writer and editor at frACTalia Press. She has published several volumes of experimental literature and critical theory, including Literatura și fenomenul alienării, in 2020. In 2021, the translation of the volume Confiscarea bestiei. A post-research appeared at the Argentine publishing house: Ediciones Hasta Trilce. Interested in New Materialism and Queer Theory, she started working on the Maia Şerbănescu project in 2018, in order to experience new forms of material existence, alternative sexualities and bodily transformations in immersion in different environments. Maia Şerbănescu is a hybrid xeno-entity, with a special fascination for ero guro nansensu and gurlesque poetry, and author of the volume: Fuck off, Mr. Charcot! (2019).
Maria Martelli writes and researches towards an anti-species, queer, feminist and post-capitalist world. Most recently, she published Povestea Scroafei și a Devenirii Omului, illustrated by Otilia Jakab, coordinated by the Queer Vegan Community, at the Publishing House for Feminist Literature. Her short stories can be found in the anthologies “Lumile noastre posibile: antologie de proză speculativă queer feministă”, coord. Carolina Vozian, ed. Hecate, 2020, and “ Adăposturi “, the anthology of Cenacle X, 2021. She is part of the just wondering team where she writes and co-produces animated essays.
Carolina Vozian is a writer and cultural worker. As a child, she loved to immerse herself in stories and write her own, in their various forms: journals, prose, theater/performance texts, essays, all sorts of fragmentary hybrids, and sometimes poetry. In recent years she has facilitated creative writing workshops, coordinated an anthology of speculative prose (Lumile noastre posibile), written a queer play, and various other texts that have appeared in magazines, and collective volumes.
Sofia Zadar explores through music and spoken word the spaces of connection between emotional and social, all from a queer and feminist perspective. Aesthetically, the project is constantly changing, currently combining synthwave, post-punk and dreampop influences, with chromatic and atmospheric synths that support introspective lyricism and etheric vocal compositions. In 2020 Sofia Zadar released her first EP, Sunday Blue, and on August 22, 2021 she released her second: Lyra, an ecofeminist meditation on communities and collective transformations.
Paula Dunker promises that her (artistic) work is based on the analysis of representation, production and creation systems. She mostly works with the body. Romanian contemporary dance’s daughter, sister of the local political theater, mother in the Bucharest queer clubbing scene, she is (together with Alex Bălă) the initiator of the techno-faggothique music genre. Confronting existing patterns, she helps build up possible new worlds and heals this one.
Laura Sandu is concerned with the revolutionary possibilities of queer-feminist writing and the creation of spaces for its development. She is the author of several texts published online and in collective volumes, and one of the initiators of the Literature and Feminism platform.