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Fruits of the Past, Present, and Future: A Virtual Workshop with Anna Tjé

Artist Anna Tjé invites people to embark on the journey of their favorite fruits from seed to consumption by using “exotic” fruits as a metaphor for the self to build a virtual community through conversation, tasting and creative writing. Join us in this workshop as we draw on our experiences to imagine relationships with selected fruits in a virtual healing space. Before the workshop, we strongly suggest downloading and completing the activity packet.

September 19th, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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Anna Tje

Anna Tjé is a community organizer and Paris-based transdisciplinary artist-researcher who uses spirituality, speculative fiction and science fiction to question the notions of intimacy, trauma, and resilience of the Black female experience through performance, video, installation, and poetry. She creates immersive spaces that deconstruct the survival mechanisms of healing in “subcultures” and interrogates the social constructions of past-present-future space and time, and mythology in relation to various forms of queer eroticism, family ties, and narratives. Pulling from her personal archive – often-time using her Cameroonian cultural heritage – and from the works of black women feminists and queer activists and theorists, she organizes cheerful spaces and creative writing workshops with Atayé, an art collective and online magazine she co-founded, that focuses on Cultures, Social Justice and the Future.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.