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performingborders newsletter | February 2021

14th February 2021

Hello everyone,

It feels good to come back after a time of deep listening, reflection, silence, and isolation. We are taking these first months of 2021 slowly, knowing that this year is for performingborders one of change, new collaborations and explorations.

We are really looking forward to a series of gatherings with our new (and old) critical friends, to rethink and re-shape performingborders’ collective creative vision and to give light, space and resources for practices that look at how to build border-free live art spaces, with the support of the Arts Council England and our close friends and colleagues.

We are also thrilled to announce that our coming bi-monthly newsletters will be taken over by guest artists, curators, activists, writers whose practice and research dive into the embodied understanding of intersectional borders. We’ll start from the next newsletter, in April, with our long-term collaborator, brilliant artist and thinker Diana Damian Martin, who will be looking at the intersections of language and cross-border practices. Watch this space!

With this first newsletter of 2021 we wanted to treat you with a new interview, but unfortunately the pandemic and the current state of our sector/nations/lives have prevented that from happening this time, however, do not despair, we are here with some treats anyway. We want to bring back to you all the amazing performances to camera commissions of the past years in case you have missed them or want to watch them again – and again! – with works by Tania El Khoury, Tara Fatehi Irani, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Jade Montserrat, and a reflection by Daniella Valz Gen. They keep resonating with us and we are sure, they’ll do with you too.

With love and in solidarity,

Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa

Curators of performingborders

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