Amina Elmi will delight us with her texts around storytelling, identity, womanhood, blackness, and veiling .

“When people ask me about my artistic pursuit I often answer, ‘I am Somali, no wonder I became a poet’. The Somali culture is heavily tied to the arts, to theater, oral poetry and storytelling around bonfires. This is my heritage, and also what inspired my own writing. I write about black womanhood, faith, the multicultural upbringing but also the madness of it all. The madness has textures, layers; it follows its own logic. I want to bring the question of what it means to be Black Muslim woman into the mainstream narrative on what it means to be human. I have used my writing as a tool to comprehend the complexities around the world I live in and my environments, to ask daring questions, to let the questions be and ‘to see with new eyes’ as Proust once said regarding voyage.

In my reading I will examine the idea on veiling – what it means to be hidden. What weaknesses or strength does our own unseen(ness) bring? What’s a spiritual veil and can you drown in it? What’s a physical mask and how do we react to it? Through these texts I am going to meditate on the idea of ‘in between’, being in between two worlds and their languages, their spirituality and the absence of it, their ideas on femininity and modernity”
—— Amina Elmi

Join us on the 2nd November 2018 at 19:00 and stay for our next guest, Auria Paz for more storytelling and music until 22:00.

Come earlier for a delicious vegan dinner at 18:00 and pay donate what you can.

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