LADA is delighted to host this live reading of peer to peer survivor writing organised by the artist Jet Moon and featuring commissioned contributions read by Jet, Dolly Sen, Elinor Rowlands, Ayotomi IF, Andie Macario, and readings by attendees of two peer to peer survivor writing workshops organised by Jet in March 2021.
Please join us on zoom on Saturday 24 April at 6pm for this special event. This event includes BSL interpreting and live captioning.
A free zine collecting the readings for the event and tips for survivor writers will be posted out to the first hundred pre-registered guests, and the artists invite guests to read along with them and connect on the page. The zine is also be available as a free download.
Lick the flame, feel the thrill, dare to get close, you might get burned.
Does art come from our inner demons?
I don’t know. What I do know is that writing has given me a way to survive.
To represent ephemeral cultures that flicker in and out of existence. To learn that I am the authority on my own story.
Storytelling is a quiet activism that radiates outwards.
Playing With Fire is a platform for survivor writing organised by the artist Jet Moon. The Live Reading is the culmination of a series of events funded by Arts Council England, which allowed Jet the time to finish their book, hold two peer to peer survivor writing workshops and produce this live reading event.
Jet’s book is set in the suburbs of Auckland, NZ in the late 70s and early 80s, as disco is ceding to punk, and tells the story of an uneasily queer kid, growing up amidst gang violence, homophobia and rape culture.
“The peer to peer survivor workshop was something I wanted to do for the longest time. I obsessed about it, craved the space, but could not figure out how to do it without all of us triggering the F* out of each other. I’ve been part of collectives and peer to peer communities for decades; slowly I’ve learned how to hold non-hierarchical shared spaces.
On the 6 and 7 March 2021, I ran two digital workshops for survivor writers. That weekend was astonishing, exhausting, nourishing, exciting. I loved being with the groups, holding the space, but it also massively expanded my understanding of myself as a survivor. It helped me make sense of myself.
Who is a survivor? Playing With Fire uses an open definition of survivorship, including survivors of sexual violence, homophobia, racism and transphobia. There are lots of things we survive and that mark our experience in this world.
Writing is a tool, a creative fire that can transmute experience. An art process that belongs to everyone and can be used by everyone to find their voice.”
Jet Moon is a queer, working class, disabled artist, who creates intimate spaces of sharing often with the LGBTIQ, kink, sex worker, disabled and survivor worlds they belong to. Jet believes in collaboration and mutual aid as a practical way of building transformative communities.
Banner image credit:
Playing With Fire, Jet Moon, 2021. Original linocut by Jenna Andreotti, graphic design by Ola Podgorska from Fierce Love Design.
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