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Black Quantum Futurism – East End Sisters Uncut: Community Futurisms — Gentrification and Temporal-Spatial Warfare
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Artists Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) and members of the East London and South East London chapters of the feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut present a workshop examining housing futures and housing discriminations.

Discussing their artistic practices and activist work, BQF and Sisters Uncut explore the impact of redevelopment, gentrification and displacement in their home cities, specifically North Philadelphia and London, especially how these issues impact on vulnerable groups like survivors and migrants. This workshopping session considers the role and use of oral histories in preserving community memories, and the importance of embracing alternative temporalities in envisioning generative futures for affordable housing.

In her work as a housing attorney in North Philadelphia, Rasheedah Phillips of BQF witnesses pervasive housing discrimination which affects single mothers, Black people, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, and people living with disabilities, who are disproportionately impacted by eviction and lack of access to safe housing. In their practice, BQF highlight the temporal and spatial injustices involved in this type of housing discrimination. They identify that the eviction process, for example, is characterised by temporal inequities, with notice periods often falling short of the time required to secure new housing. In response, BQF offer practical strategies for countering these deprivations, equipping individuals with tools to help reverse gentrification, with the aim of creating the conditions necessary for temporal autonomy and spatial agency.

Sisters Uncut is an all non-binary people and women feminist direct action group fighting against cuts to domestic violence services and other issues that impact our lives such as criminalisation, transphobia and the housing crisis. Sisters from the East London Chapter, East End Sisters Uncut, are currently fighting to support two women with young families being moved into substandard accommodation in the process of gentrifying Hackney. 

In this workshop Sisters Uncut will be inviting two comrade organisations to speak, NELMA and Latin American Women’s Aid.

NELMA brings together activists from across London to campaign on issues faced by migrants in vulnerable positions in our communities. They challenge injustices towards families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) and support them accessing housing through Section 17 of the Childrens Act, among other campaigns.

The Latin American Women’s Aid run the only two refuges in Europe by and for Latin American women and children fleeing gender-based violence. They are a specialist gender-based violence support organisation with services tailored exclusively to Latin American and other Black and minoritized women. They offer holistic and intersectional services for women to recover from abuse and live empowered lives. LAWA welcomes Black and minoritized women and children of all abilities, social class, religion and sexuality, and are proud to be bisexual, lesbian, queer and trans inclusive.

02:00 pm
Sat, 17 Aug 2019
Lower Gallery
Free, booking required.

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