We Should All Be Dreaming is an ongoing practice initiated in 2018 by artist-activist duo Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim. The project focuses on the radical potential of decolonial dreaming as a restorative and subversive practice and materialises through different iterations that are always context-specific.
The online launch event of the publication We Should All Be Dreaming: Words Make Worlds on 9 December takes the form of a panel discussion and includes an afrofuturistic sound meditation session. Hosting and facilitation is done by Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim. Event participants are Tamara Al-Mashouk, Adelaide Bannerman, P. Sam Kessie and Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan.
The publication features contributions by Maryan Abdulkarim, Tamara Al-Mashouk, Ranya Al-Mashouk, Adelaide Bannerman, Ama Josephine Budge, Sarah Devi Chander, Ndéla Faye, claire gilder, Justina Kehinde, P. Sam Kessie, Sonya Lindfors, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Veronica McKenzie, Minna Salami, Vidha Saumya and SERAFINE1369.
Concept and editing by Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim. Layout and illustrations are done by Nadia Akingbule. Proofreading by Ndéla Faye and coordination by Danai Anagnostou. Published by UrbanApa, London and Helsinki 2021.
We Should All Be Dreaming: Words Make Worlds is commissioned in the frame of A I S T I T / coming to our senses contemporary art programme produced by The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, The Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland, Institut finlandais and The Finnish Institute in Germany. It is co-produced by UrbanApa and presented by LIFT as part of LIFT LOVES LONDON. The event is supported by LIFT and co-distributed by LIFT and Urbanapa.
UrbanApa is an anti-racist and feminist art community that acts as a platform for art events, new ways of doing, and discourses that centre on art. UrbanApa’s values include communality, intersectional feminism, decolonialism, inclusivity, equality, softness, play, and joy. The community strives to look into the future, and to rethink the kind of art that could and should be done.
LIFT, London’s biennial international festival of theatre, has been bringing joyful, daring, and unforgettable theatre from around the world to London for 40 years, using the whole of the city as its stage. LIFT’s mission is to create powerful, invigorating experiences that challenge artistic, political, and social conventions; to champion artist advancement at home and abroad; to lead sustainable internationalism; and to celebrate and connect London to the world.
We Should All Be Dreaming: Words Make Worlds – Publication Launch, Thursday 9.12.2021, 18:00 – 19:30 (EET)/16:00 – 17:30 (GMT). The online link for the event can be found here. Read the publication here.