Homes for Queers: On London Housing

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An opportunity to discuss why London is such a difficult place to find affordable long-term housing for so many.

A discussion about the critical importance of affordable and long-term housing as one of the conditions needed, although often taken for granted, for creative practices to flourish. Artists Sara Haq and Brent Biennial 2022 curatorial committee member Adam Farah, will be in conversation about their experience of homemaking in London. The speakers will talk about what this looks like to them, what's needed for the situation to change for the better, and what can be gained by engaging with alternative models of living in the city.

SCHEDULE:

Food provided between 5-6PM.

Can't attend in person? There will be a live feed of the discussion between 6-7PM. Please book your ticket as normal, we will email attendees a link for online viewing beforehand.

Support for travel, translation and British Sign Language interpretation is available, email shama@metrolandcultures.com with requests.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Sara Haq is an artist, photographer, sacred medicine practitioner, writer and workshop facilitator, based in London, UK. Her work is multi & interdisciplinary in approach. The content is always reflective of often complex personal experience and processes and explores intercultural relationships, power dynamics, transformation and the interactions between art and social change, eg. the use of photography, drawing, movement and imagination as healing tools.

Her recent experiential research, explores the relationships between creativity, healing, sacred medicine and (cultural) psychosis. Sara has exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions.

Notable projects include: 10th Berlin Biennale, Wellcome Collection, Bethlem Gallery, Institute of Inner Vision, London College of Communication, Laure Genillard, Tate Modern, The British Library, Daily Life Ltd and Bromley By Bow Centre, Alexia Goethe Gallery, Artangel, Studio Voltaire, National Maritime Museum, Anxiety Festival, and digital visual dairy project #1000 Happy Days (2014-2017).

Adam Farah is an artist, composer and sauce-maker who was born ‘n’ raised in London. They are a Capricorn Sun, Leo Moon and Cancer Rising. They also practice under/within the name free.yard– a project set up to engage with and merge curatorial, research, artistic and equitable communal practices; with a focus on the ever expansive and nuanced creative endeavours/potentials that emerge from endz*. free.yard casts a side-eye onto the oppressive and supremacist structures upheld within the complacent and performative liberal bubbles of the artworld/s, and in the long term desires to create collaborative moments for artists to connect, manifest and exhale under such weight.

*endz is a slang term originating in London meaning neighbourhood, but carries its own contextual nuances, mainly referring to working class communities with larger ethnic-minority populations.


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