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In the Evening There is Feeling: Reading Audre Lorde

17 July 2020

In the Evening There is Feeling: Reading Audre Lorde
Thu 6 August 2020
18:00 - 19:30 BST

Led by DCA's Head of Exhibitions Eoin Dara, In the Evening There is Feeling focuses in an informal and welcoming way on feminist and queer texts from the world of art and literature. Over the past few months, we have been looking back at some key writers we have studied in our recent programme, and would like to revisit some of these thinkers in our present ungraspable moment. The texts we have selected for these online conversations generously think through concepts of love, care, kinship and the imagination — vital ideas we all need to be focusing on in the unprecedented times we find ourselves in.

Following on from our bell hooks, Johanna Hedva and Ursula K. Le Guin sessions so far, our meeting on 6 August will centre on some writing by the inimitable Audre Lorde.

Describing herself as a ‘Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet’, Lorde’s texts were essential reading for us last year as part of Alberta Whittle’s exhibition How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth. Lorde’s extraordinary belief in the power of language – of speaking – to articulate selfhood, confront injustice and bring about change in the world remains as transformative today as it was then, and no less urgent.

For this session, we will be introducing and discussing two short essays (Poetry is Not a Luxury [1977] and Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power [1988]) as well as a conversation between Lorde and Adrienne Rich first published in 1981. We also might throw in a couple of brilliant poems by Lorde for good measure. These texts are all taken from Silver Press’s collection of Lorde’s writing titled Your Silence Will Not Protect You.

To join the conversation, simply email valerie.norris@dca.org.uk before 17:00 on Wed 5 August. We will then send you soft copies of the texts and details of the Zoom meeting. We also have an audio recording of Eoin reading excerpts of the writing for those of you who may find it easier or more enjoyable to listen - click here

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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