For the network of Feminist Translocalities, the first part of 2023 was dedicated to organizing the side program of "Өмә"
, an exhibition that brought together 30 artistic voices of members of indigenous communities and people with migrant identities and life experiences in Russia. More than 35 workshops, performances, and lectures by artists, activists, and academics communicated the complexity of Russia's colonial past and present and showed various aspects of anticolonial resistance. Among the events was the art and discourse program "Reconstruction of Happiness", curated by Natasha Tselyuba at Kulturfabrik Moabit. The aim was to reconstruct the feeling of human happiness that was taken away from Ukrainians due to war.
A significant event for Feminist Translocalities was a seminar for 20 indigenous activists from the still colonized parts of russia which was dedicated to developing strategies of their joint work. We also continued to be active online and organized two online labs on (de)colonial practices and the politics of spatial relations with Цвірінь (Tsvirin'), later renamed into Zgraya. You can find some of the decolonial reader
s published already on the website of Feminist Translocalities.
The last event of 2023 was a residency for 20 artists and activists from the countries of the former USSR who work on the topics of queerness, feminism and decoloniality. In collaboration with Untitled Tbilisi and Salaam Cinema Baku, we collectively worked towards the final performance, "Metamorph
", which you can watch a short clip on Instagram
. In 2024, we will publish documentation of the performance, edited into a film. The network is currently looking for funding for further development of this project in Kazakhstan, as well as for other formats with and for environmental, queer feminist, anti-racist, crip and indigenous activists and artists.