House of Kal: Tidal KoHabitat for Post-Patriarchal Futures
A breathing space interlacing Lucas Odahara’s “Lingual” sculptures and tongues with The Many Headed Hydra’s “Rituals” soft architecture by Emma Wolf Haugh
Works and offerings by Arshia Fatima Haq/Discostan, Aziza Ahmad, Aziz Sohail, District*School Without Center, Emma Wolf Haugh, Fiza Khatri, Lucas Odahara, Nuray Demir, Omer Wasim & Saira Sheikh, Shahana Rajani & Zahra Malkani, SS Beben & Promona Sengupta, Suza Husse, The Many Headed Hydra, Vassiliea Stylianidou aka Franck-Lee Alli-Tis, Venuri Perera, Vicky Shahjahan, friends and guests.
8 July – 24 August 2021
open Tuesdays from 3 to 7 pm and Thursdays from 3 to 6 pm
To make our gatherings as safe as possible amidst the ongoing corona virus pandemic, we kindly ask everyone to join with a negative Covid test and wear FFP2 masks when required.
29 July, from 6 pm
celebration ceremony for Tidal KoHabitat for Post-Patriarchal Futures and queer politics of crossing . liquifying space and time conversation with Franck-Lee All-Tis aka Vassiliea Stylianidou, Promona Sengupta, Venuri Perera, Aziz Sohail & The Many Headed Hydra
They threw a bomb here, a monstrous man-made creation which is meant to spare nothing alive. But the earth is harder to extinguish than that, and even this dead landscape did not remain as eternally dead as they intended. For one there were the ghost animals, and then, when you multiply hundreds of sun cycles with nutrient-rich waste, the soil ferments and doesn’t take long to become a living thing again. So when the womxn landed here, they did not find a barren world at all, but a thriving ecosystem, cities of forests with unimaginable plants, animals with translucent bodies sprinting about, colours they had not seen before. We knew we would settle here because it was ruin that gave us freedom, and ruin we would rebuild our lives upon. The first womxn did not want us to forget where we came from, so rooted us in a place which would remind us what violence can cost, why we must never forget our dharma.
– Sadia Khatri, The City of Mitre, unpublished manuscript, 2019
Inspired by Sadia Khatri’s science fiction story The City of Mitre which appears in the first kal publication RITUALS, tidal KoHabitat for postpatriarchal futures emerges as an amorphous, de-institutionalised, organically growing/shrinking space for visual, narrative and performative contaminations, for collective learning, speculating, working and for hanging out. The trans*oceanic KoHabitat is dedicated to situated knowledge production about forms of life and community, relations, languages, rituals, symbols, stories and spiritualities which take shape in the ruins left by colonialism, patriarchy, phantasies of human exceptionalism and capitalism.