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Watch Party Workshop: Tongues Untied

Still from Tongues Untied (1989), Marlon Riggs

We're turning online movie-watching with friends into collective poetry writing! In this workshop, we will watch Marlon Riggs’ 1989 film Tongues Untied, featuring Riggs, Essex Hemphill, and Joseph Beam. S*an D. Henry-Smith will discuss the film’s queer Black poetics. Gabrielle Civil will offer writing prompts to help participants cocreate a poem in real time.

This program is part of a five-part series Where Would I Be Without You? curated by Gabrielle Civil.


Saturday, April 20 | 12:00 pm PT
Saturday, April 20, 2024
12:00 pm


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Gabrielle Civil

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered over fifty performance artworks worldwide including Black Weirdo School (Pop Up Critique) (2023), the déjà vu—live (2022) and Jupiter (2021). Her performance memoirs include Swallow the Fish (2017), Experiments in Joy (2019), (ghost gestures) (2021), and the déjà vu (2022.) Her writing has also appeared in New Daughters of Africa, Bone Bouquet, Poem-a-Day, Tripwire, Kitchen Table Translation, Migrating Pedagogies and Experiments in Joy: a Workbook. A 2023 Performance Fellow at the Franconia Sculpture Park, she earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

S*an D. Henry-Smith

S*an D. Henry-Smith (b. 1992, New York) lives and works in Amsterdam. They received their MFA from the Sandberg Instituut in 2022. Recent solo exhibitions include "tremor low" at ROZENSTRAAT in Amsterdam (2023) and “in awe of geometry & mornings” at White Columns in New York (2021). Their book Wild Peach (2020), was published by Futurepoem, and shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, and they are the author of two chapbooks: Body Text (2016) and Flotsam Suite: A Strange & Precarious Life, or How We Chronicled the Little Disasters & I Won’t Leave the Dance Floor Til It’s Out of My System (2019). They have received awards and fellowships from Amsterdam Fonds voor de kunst (2023), the Fulbright Program (2020), The Poetry Project (2019), and Poets House (2017), among others. They have read and performed previously at 47 Canal, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Shed, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, The Poetry Project, and Triple Canopy, among others. Henry-Smith regularly collaborates in sound, poetry, and performance with Dweller Electronics, Imani Elizabeth Jackson as Mouthfeel, Ryan C. Clarke, Danny Sadiel Peña, Gabrielle Octavia Rucker, and Derica Shields, among others.

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