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Mapping as Memorial: Honoring Grief, Celebrating Lineage
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In this workshop, we will use poetry & art/radical mapping to explore how we bridge connections between each other, mourn & memorialize in a world that refuses to acknowledge many of us, and instead works to actively displace us. With attention to sites of grief, protest, art, and love, we will engage in discussion, writing, and a collective mapping project that tracks physical and emotional sites of trans/queer importance that traditional maps leave out. The exercise reimagines mapping as a revolutionary tool for remembrance and celebration of our lost spaces, our movements, our kin, and our heroes. How do we mourn and memorialize in a world that doesn’t acknowledge us, a world that rapidly pushes us out of our homes and communities? How do we connect through our grief, our pride, our love? It allows us to be the makers and educators of our own histories. It situates participants as both expert and student, creating a space where we both share our own and take in each others’ truths, knowledge(s), lineages, and relationships to place. The workshop acts as a collective grieving/celebration process in which we create art maps that track memories and write poems inspired by our maps that act as remembrance prayers and odes. We end by creating a collective map and collective poem that act as a shared prayer/ode.