The Politics of Pleasure
Institute of Contemporary Arts
20 July – 7 September 2019

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Building on ideas foregrounded at Fugitive Feminism in July 2018, The Politics of Pleasure is a series of Black feminist programmes exploring pleasure as a politics of refusal.

The project centres Black gender non-conforming, non-binary, trans and femme audiences and engages the research and practices of a pioneering group of pleasure activists, speculative writers, dance innovators, a vegan soul food chef, and other participants.

Interweaving workshops, food, a reading group and more, The Politics of Pleasure explores the intersections of pleasure with a range of topics including speculative fiction, ecology, twerking as empowerment and intersectional veganism.

This series of programmes is curated by The Politics of Pleasure collective: Nydia A. Swaby and Rita Gayle with ICA Assistant Curator Ifeanyi Awachie.

Saturday 20 July 2019 
The Politics of Pleasure Family Reunion

An all-day event for Black women to explore pleasure as generative of creativity and community, and as fundamentally linked to their humanity. Featuring workshops by Ama Josephine Budge and Kelechi ‘Kelechnekoff’ Okafor, and a reading group hosted by sisterwoman vegan, the reunion builds on ideas shared in the 2018 Politics of Pleasure Workshop:

Saturday 20 July, 1:00pm 
Breathe. Speculate. Come. 
Ama Josephine Budge leads a workshop harnessing breath, free writing, mark-making and pleasure vocalisations to rest, resist, reimagine and rebuild.

Saturday 20 July, 4:00pm 
Reclaiming Pleasure Through Dance
Womanist fitness instructor Kelechi ‘Kelechnekoff’ Okafor leads a dance workshop and discussion exploring twerking as empowerment.

Saturday 20 July, 5:30pm 
The sisterwoman vegan Reading Group 
A curated library of influential Black literature and menu of small plates presented by soul food chef sisterwoman vegan.