Spoken Word Night

Tue 30 Jul 2019 7pm -8:30pm


About the EVENT

Four spoken word artists capture different experiences of navigating a city’s architecture - journeying from patriarchal, urban spaces to queer subcultures.

Chloe AyoDeji Filani, Kai-Isaiah Jamal, Rene Matić, Tanaka (AKA T.Ffuego) will each perform. The evening will take place in - and respond to - Lola Flash's powerful exhibition challenging stereotypes and gender, sexual, and racial preconceptions.

Curated by Gaby Sahhar through the queerdirect project, an LGBTQIA+ artist support network, curatorial platform and arts programme.


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Lola Flash: [sur]passing


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About Chloe AyoDeji Filani

Chloe AyoDeji Filani, Artist of Poetry, Performance, Black Feminism, Public Speaker and workshop facilitator. Her artistic practise/poetry works with her lived experience of being a black trans woman and the broader themes of identity and power structures.

She has performed at a dance, sound piece at Late at Tate. Spoken at UAL feminist society, Women of the world festival with BLACK LIVES MATTER, at women of the world festival. Performed and curated an art and music event for Black women cis, trans and queer. called ‘Swaying Feels wit Blk Sirens’. 
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Held workshop at Tate Britain on Critical Practice as play. Then as done a creative poetry writing workshop for Blackgirl fest. Chloe was part of an art, poetry and performance collective with other black people, that have shown a piece called Rush at Auto Italia, made a recording called Breathless and had an installation at 198 gallery. 

She performed in collaboration pieces with Rhoda Boateng, ‘slow processing’ at Somerset House. Worked with artist Barby Anste and others in a piece ‘Delectation of independence’. In a piece called ‘sounds of survival’ with Phoebe Collings James and Jamila Johnson Smalls with other black women.

About Kai-Isaiah Jamal

Kai-Isaiah Jamal is a poet, writer, model and trans visibility activist. He works within and outside of institutional spaces to give a voice and representation to queer trans working class black folk, with focus on masc folk and reimagining the futures of queer black men.

His work explores the intersections he sits within and uses narration from life experience to remind you that boys like him have and will continue to exist. 

About Rene Matić

Rene Matić (b. 1997, Peterborough) is an artist currently studying and working in London. Her work explores the immeasurable dimensions of Blackness through the lens of her own personal experiences as a queer, Black womxn living in the diaspora. In doing so, Matić aims to expose, combat and question the power relations that pervade the art world and society more widely.

Working across painting, sculpture, film, photography and textile, Matić’s work attempts to bring to light (or dark) the fated conflicts and contradictions that one encounters while navigating the world in a body like her own.

About Tanaka

Tanaka also known as T.Ffuego is a slam winning, multi published, international spoken word performer. He is a black, queer artist whose poems cross leaps and bounds throughout his intersectionality.

From speaking on his conflict and resolution with masculinity, his experiences having lived both in America and in the UK, to how being queer and African tends to make you a walking coffin to your culture

Accessibility at AUTOGRAPH

Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.

This event will take place in our ground floor gallery, and seating is not reserved in advance. If you would like to reserve seating to assist with hearing, visual or any other access needs, please contact us before your visit.

Carers receive a free ticket when they accompany the person they care for. Please contact us to book.

Download our Accessibility Guide for detailed access information about our venue and transport. If you would like to discuss your visit, or have any questions, please contact us at or 020 7749 9200

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Supported using public funding by Arts Council England


Banner image: Lola Flash, Les [detail], London, 2003, from the series [sur]passing. Courtesy of the artist.

Page images, from top left: 1) Lola Flash, Dominque [detail], Brooklyn, 2011, from the series [sur]passing. Courtesy of the artist. 2) Chloe AyoDeji Filani. 3) Kai-Isaiah Jamal. 4) Rene Matić. 5) Tanaka also known as T.Ffuego. 6) Lola Flash: [sur]passing exhibition at Autograph, London. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell. 7) Entrance to Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.