Galatea takes its name from the statue that transforms into a living woman in Greek mythology. For this project 6 artists have created a new performance piece based on and performed around a public statue in London. The performance videos will be shown as part of The Every Woman Biennial in Copeland Gallery Peckham, 1-10 July.

Galatea is produced and curated by Queer Art Projects in partnership with Every Woman Biennial and funded by Arts Council England. 

Ebun Sodipo

Ebun Sodipo works across film, performance, installation, sound, poetry and fiction, to devise new languages and tools with which to imagine and speak about the body and the past, specifically for future black trans people. Through an archival practice, they collage moving and still image, sound and text from social media to form rich, affective illustrations of contemporary black subjects living under the legacy of slavery and colonialism. In Sodipo’s performances, these video collages are combined with text, installation and movement, focusing more directly on the black trans-feminine body through their presence and narration of the projected images. Opacity and fragmentation are crucial strategies in their work, used to resist the enforced transparency of the colonised subject and their culture, and prioritise diasporic cartographies and references over western modes of knowledge production and subjectivity.
Illustrations for Libations, Attestations, Affirmations (rework in progress). 
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InXestuous Sisters

InXestuous Sisters like to look alike. Daughters of the rave, they exist at the rhythm of techno and baroque tunes that only they can hear. The ultimate sex dream, they might be the material projection of your own desire. Indulging in black cherry jams, pink-coloured garments, laces, whips and lipstick, they are the newly born decadence. When they grow up, they would like to be artists, but for the time being, they are just very femme.
InXestuous Sisters, Kiss Me at Queer Art(ists) Now, by Orlando Myxx, 2020.

Izzy Yon

Izzy Yon is an artist and writer who lives and works in London. Their large-scale live performances and installations are always BIG & RED, centring around themes of war, violence, empathy and joy. The artist draws from family histories of the break up of Yugoslavia, queer London subculture, generation X, psychotherapy, communism, fascism, nationalism, our man Titio, the Kardashians, pop princess Dua, forever God B, contemporary baroque painting, peers, friends, lovers, parents, fucking, and her forever life commitment: red. 
Izzy & Archie Smith, Nikad Nije Dosta/Never Quite Enough, durational performance, (2017)
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Istanbul Queer Art Collective

Istanbul Queer Art Collective was founded in 2012 to engage in live art, with a view that the documentation of performance is an art form in itself. The collective is currently based in London and is comprised of its two founding members Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergul, who are firm believers in what Jack Halberstam calls the “queer art of failure” and what Renate Lorenz calls “radical drag”. Their performances range from the durational to the intimate and can morph towards other forms like sound art or installation.
Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Green Knight, A Dragaptation, by Eda Sancakdar, 2017.

Sakeema Peng Crook

Sakeema Peng Crook is a London based dancer, artist and trans activist. Crook graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2015 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance and has toured works by Shobana Jeyasingh, Fevered Sleep, Holly Blakey, Hubert Essakow, Alexander Whitley and Gandini Juggling to name a few. Sakeema also vogues and is a part of the London Ballroom Scene. She performed for Years and Years’ Pyramid Stage set at Glastonbury in 2019. She is one of the original dancers at Harpies Strip Club - Europe’s first LGBTQIA+ Strip Club. In 2019, Crook gave a talk at the Royal College of Art titled 'Navigating Space In A Non-cis Body’. Future projects include an ongoing collaboration with Keiken collective for Jerwood Space and a new creation with Holly Blakey.
The Reconstruction: A Visual Album, The Dissident by Nick Knight
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SERAFINE1369 (previously Last Yearz Interesting Negro) is the London based artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. SERAFINE1369 works with dancing as a philosophical undertaking, a political project with ethical psycho-spiritual ramifications for being-in-the-world; dancing as intimate technology. Their work is informed by research into movement and dance as a tool for divination, decoding messages from an oracular body - on personal/structural/symptomatic/somatic/psychic levels - to be processed through the medium of choreography. Always thinking about the metabolic - impact and exchange through/in/as movement. Their shows are stage/dreamspace/battleground, decompositions, atmospheric landscapes created through the live unfolding of the tensions between things that produce meaning.
Heavy handed we crush the moment, Last Yearz Interesting Negro (now SERAFINE1369) by Katarzyna Perlak. Commissioned by Barbican 2019.
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