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The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art and Avid Bookshop present Tentacular: An Ecoqueer Poetry Reading on Saturday, April 11, 2020, from 6:30pm-7:30pm at Avid Bookshop at Five Points. This reading is part of a larger showing, Queering Earth Day: Ecoqueer Art Series, occurring in April and May 2020 at ATHICA.
Through this poetry reading, we seek to come together as community to express current queer relationships with land and earth systems, deconstruct and reconstruct meaning of the body and its materiality, and explore non-linear narratives that allow us to rethink status-quo-based resilience. Relevant themes for Tentacular are the following:
- Collective liberation of land and bodies
- Personal narratives of food, climate, and environmental justice
- Queer conservation and ecological regeneration in Athens and the Southeast
- Coping strategies for climate despair
- Transness across space and time
- The materiality of non-binary characteristics
- Practices for queer resilience
- New definitions of resilience
- Ecotherapy and neurodivergent resistance with nature
- Queer mapping of bodies and land
- Queer ecological place-making
- Interspecies kinship
- Human as creature
Our hope is to uplift the queering of land and our narrative relationship with that land, whether that is hope expressed for queer resilience to climate change and land regeneration through polyculture; the exuberant discussion of differently gendered plant and animal species that populate the earth; or the weaving of queer eroticism into a landscape. Resulting poems and writing will be collected into an online forum that will be published and displayed on Skins and Clay Studios upcoming website.
General Note on Queering Earth Day: Eco Art Series
This event responds to previous condemnations of queer pleasure with each other and the earth, lifts up queer exuberance as resistance, and seeks to collectively redefine what it means to be part of the earth. Through Queering Earth Day, we learn from the work of groups such as Queer Appalachia, Queer Nature, Southerners on New Ground, Interlocking Roots and others, who weave narratives of queer rurality, enact solidarity with marginalized communities and follow their leadership, celebrate queer kindships with the non-human world, and imagine queer ecological futures. This ecoqueer art aeries adds to previous ecological narratives that question the separation of queer, trans, and non-binary communities from the land, ruptures that have partitioned queer community-building to bars and city spaces.
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