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Artist Bios
Institute of Contemporary Arts
September 2022
Mushaira – the87press

Caspar Heinemann (b. London, 1994) is an artist and writer living in Glasgow. His solo exhibitions have been held at Cell Project Space, London; Outpost Gallery, Norwich; Almanac, London; and Kevin Space, Vienna. He has a forthcoming solo exhibition with Cabinet, London in 2022. He makes theatre in collaboration with Alex Margo Arden, and his first poetry collection Novelty Theory was published in 2019 by The 87 Press. His work is concerned with the politics of land, occultism, folk revivalism, and sexual countercultures. He is interested in the formal qualities of earnestness, brattiness, obliqueness, religiosity, generosity, and rattan furniture. 

Dom Hale is the author of Civilian Lyrics (Veer), Firewall (Distance No Object) and Scammer (the87press). He's currently helping to edit the poetry magazine Ludd Gang at poetshardshipfunduk.com. 

James Goodwin is a poet doing a PhD in English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. His pamphlet, aspects caught in the headspace we’re in: composition for friends (2020), is published by Face Press; and his debut book, Fleshed Out For All The Corners Of The Slip (2021), is published by the87press. His work has appeared in publications such as Poetry Wales, the Earthbound Press poetry pamphlet series with his Notes on Breath and Emanation (2020), There are New Suns / Bruised Blossoms (Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2021), LUDD GANG #5 (Poet’s Hardship Fund UK), and Altered States (Ignota Books, 2021). 

Karenjit Sandhu is a poet and artist. Her publications include her debut poetry collection young girls! (the87press), with her poems featured in Magma, Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry and DATABLEED. Her forthcoming publication The Irritating Archive will be published by Guillemot Press in 2022. Karenjit is Poet in Residence at the University of Surrey, and one of the judges of the Streetcake Writing Prize. 

Kat Addis writes poems and studies and teaches renaissance literature. Her first book Space Parsley was published by the87press in 2021. Other work has recently been published in Blackbox Manifold and in Project Self-Detective, a collective poetry pamphlet about Agatha Christie's Poirot, conceived of and put together by Grace Linden. Along with Verity Spott, she co-runs the Hollingdean Writers Workshop, which is free and open to everybody, every other Wednesday in Brighton. She likes to collaborate with poets and artists to make all sorts of things, with a special enthusiasm for costumes and hats. 

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is the author of the critically acclaimed books, What If Latin America Ruled the World? (Bloomsbury, 2010) winner of the Frantz Fanon Award, and Story of a Death Foretold. The Coup Against Salvador Allende (Bloomsbury, 2013) shortlisted for the 2014 Bread & Roses Award, both selected among the best non-fiction publications of the year. More recently, In Defence of Armed/Art Struggle (Bogota: UTadeo, 2019), “A Future for the Philosophy of Liberation” in Decolonising Ethics (Pennsylvania University Press, 2020), and the poetic novel Night of the World (The 87 Press, 2021). He’s a Fellow of the RSA and teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London. His docu-series “Art & Fire: A Journey in Five Films”, co-produced with Hay Festivals is available at https://hayfestival.com 

Sarona Abuaker is a poet and artist. Her poems have been published in Berfrois, MAP Magazine, the 87press’Digital Poetics series, and Ludd Gang and soon to be published in Senna Hoy in early 2022. Her essay 'Suture Fragmentations - A Note on Return’ was published by KOHL: A Journal for Body and Gender Research in their Queer Feminisms Issue in December 2020. In 2021, Sarona graduated with a Masters in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarona’s debut poetry collection, Why so few women on the street at night, was published by the 87Press in November 2021. The collection is a queer phenomenology of collective Palestinian futurisms and memory building, utilising mixed media to approach territories as different as Turtle Island, Brockley and Palestine. 

Verity Spott was a masked puzzle solver from the 1970s children's TV show Jigsaw. Spott's books include Coronelles Set 2 (Veer 2), Hopelessness (the87press), Click Away Close Door Say (Contraband Books) and We Will Bury You (Veer Books). In 2020, Spott was lecturing some students about how she is superior to Mr. Bean. Nobody listened so she began chasing them around with a knife. She managed to kill three people. Before she could harm anyone else, Ratafak Plachta arrived to stop her. She tried to kill Ratafak Plachta when Ratafak was trying to convince her to stop being angry and to accept the fact that Mr. Bean is more popular but she refused to listen, so Ratafak Plachta then proceeded to grab her and beat her to death.


DJs

SAMIA is a DJ, Broadcaster and Animation Producer from London. Samia takes inspiration from her Bangladeshi heritage and the Asian Underground. Her sound is also rooted in club music genres such as dancehall, dembow, afropop, r&b and hiphop. 

Jwarn is inspired by music and its capacity for creating those magical moments, and forever a humble student of the dancefloor. As a Subtle Radio resident and multi-genre label boss of Sub Merchants, Jwarn seamlessly navigates an array of bass-infused flavours, delivering the flows to wriggle your toes to. 

Manuka Honey is a London based producer, DJ, and astrologer tearing her way through the underground. Her multi-genre selection fuses Latinx club sounds from across the world, tying together Reggaeton, Baile Funk, Techno, Hard Drum, and Dembow in her hot and heavy mixes.
SAMIA
Manuka Honey
Karenjit Sandhu
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
Dom Hale
Kat Addis
Sarona Abuaker
Caspar Heinemann
Verity Spott
James Goodwin
Jwarn