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Institute of Contemporary Arts

Yves Sanglante (they/them) is interested in art as a means to inspire liberation. Through their work, they explore how untold historical moments can strengthen and inform visions of the past, present and future. In 2016, as part of a collective of sex workers, artists and anthropologists, Sanglante co-founded sex worker-led archive Objects of Desire. The archive’s most recent exhibition took place at Schwules Museum, Berlin in 2019. The same year, Sanglante began work on Decriminalised Futures in collaboration with organiser Elio Sea. 

Elio Sea (they/them) is a producer, curator and community organiser. Their creative and organising work focuses on abolition and workers' movements. In 2019, they founded the Decriminalised Futures project, producing community based workshops and education initiatives such as Lady of the Night School, alongside events like We Can Build A Different World and the Decriminalised Futures exhibition. More recently they have worked with political arts organisation Arika as a Programme Producer for projects and events such as Mutual Aid, A breath to follow and, co-produced with Performance Space New York, No Diving 2.

Tobi Adebajo (they/them) is an anti-disciplinary artist exploring the question: ‘Who is not in this space? And why?’ Their projects are curated to highlight the inaccessibility of society for and to othered bodies, encouraging freedom with/in movement whilst celebrating survival. Focusing on sound, movement, visual & written pieces; Tobi’s practice draws from all the senses and relies upon meaningful collaboration to create works centralising diasporic experiences whilst simultaneously honouring the power of identity. Adebajo presents evidence of communal & spiritual language that we inherently possess but may be unable to access; framing this language as a basis for collective healing and liberation. 

Yarli Allison (she/they) is a Canadian-born-Hong Kongese artist based in London. Her frequent relocations and mixed identities have focused her attention to the collective uprootedness and solidarity of migrant demographic groups. In her works, she fabricates imagined worlds that consist of her invented survival tactics and coping mechanisms, often in interaction with sculptural installation, drawings, performances, and moving images. FLOWER PROPAGATION Series by Yarli Allison is available in the ICA Editions store.

Khaleb Brooks (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and writer exploring blackness, transness and collective memory. Meshing the black queer figure with surreal environments in paintings, using printmaking to question the politics of desire and entering transcendental states in performance they force their audience to confront the literal and social death of black people globally. Khaleb, originally from Chicago is inspired by the perseverance of black families in overcoming poverty, addiction, abuse and gang violence as well as their own experiences of being transgender. Khaleb is currently an artist in residence at the International Slavery Museum and Metal Culture in Liverpool. 

Chi Chi Castillo (they/them) is an independent filmmaker and writer focused on narratives around sex work, queerness, and DIY. Chi Chi is collaborating with May May Peltier to create work especially for this exhibit. Castillo and Peltier began making films together in 2017, with their first film being ‘Chi Chi’s House Party’, a smut film highlighting the queer underground in Oakland, California. Peltier and Castillo are now continuing their work together under the name ‘Stone Dove’. They’re excited to invite you into Stone Dove’s dream world. 

Cory Cocktail (he/they) is a power exchange architect and escort; a post disciplinary artist with an interest in the intersections of the body and technology, narrative design, contemporary dance, interactive fiction, migration, gender, and sexuality. A transsexual descendant of Oceti Sakowin and European peoples, Cocktail is attempting to bring a sex worker digital interactive fiction experience into the world for Decriminalised Futures. Cocktail is based in the unceded lands of the Duwamish, in what is currently known as Seattle, United States of America. 

Danica Anna Uskert-Quinn (she/her) is a mixed-race, pansexual, polyamorous film director, producer, video and performance artist, curator, writer, and the editor-in-chief of filmandfishnet.com. As Danica Darling, she is also a cam girl, porn performer, and professional submissive. She currently resides in Hollywood, United States with her dog Elvira. 

Hanecdote (they/them) is an artist and sex worker with chronic pain who specialises in hand embroidery which speaks from a place of emotion. They are interested in portraying everyday life, inspired by art history but making sure it is much more inclusive and beautiful. Hanecdote believes art is therapy, justice, communication, love and a human experience. 

Liad Hussein Kantorowicz (she/her) is a performance artist, musician, perpetual migrant, and master of the margins. Her performances de-exotify and de-mystify the positions of so-called sexual or political deviants. In them, the body is a tool of resistance, a platform to display vulnerabilities, and means of transgressing the boundaries of the public space.

Letizia Miro (she/her) is a Spanish queer who migrated to London several years ago. She is a London-based sex worker and poet. Miro has been involved in sex workers’ rights and political organising in Spain as well as in the UK. When she is not monetising her erotic capital, she writes poetry that digs into the meanings of sexuality and existential pain. She has performed and published her work both in English and in Spanish. 

Aisha Mirza (they/them) is a queer Pakistani-Egyptian writer, DJ, multi-disciplinary artist and stripper. Their work explores the relationship between queerness, transness, race, mental health, sex and art. They are also creator of Misery, a mental health collective and sober club night for queer/trans people of colour. Mirza writes a monthly advice column for gal-dem and lives on a boat. 

Annie Mok (she/her) is a intersex trans woman writer-artist, musician (formerly in See-Through Girls, currently in the Knight Dreams), and sometime filmmaker. She drew and designed the graphic memoir Unsustainable based off her friend Danica Anna Uskert-Quinn’s script. 

May May Peltier (she/her) is a model and video artist emphasising experimental paradigms to document the culture of feminine identities and how they intersect with modern systems of oppression. Peltier will be working alongside Chi Chi Castillo, a brilliant artist she is frequently in collaboration with under the production name ‘Stone Dove’. 

pxr•mxt•r (they/them) is an inquiry that will be using the space to study, present and be in negotiation with infrastructure and power exchange.

Littio X is a sound art band with Alicia G. Núñez, Leonardo Argüello and Angela Gemio. They are interested in interdisciplinary practice and they often work with poetry, spoken word, noise and electronic music. Their score appears in Yarli Allison and Letizia Miro’s moving image work This is Not For Clients.