In the performance JUSTITIA! Identity Cases it's said that "Identities are always performative".
When and why do we need to construct identities to achieve social, personal, or political ends?
Where do we as a society draw the line as to what may and may not be constructed? Identities are fluid: but whose identity is recognized and whose identity is dismissed as fake? And why?
In court it is necessary to prove one's identity as credibly as possible. In the theater we go in search of multiple identities. But in the end, isn't it about equality instead of identity? Questions that arose during the research process for JUSITITIA! Identity Cases, and which are negotiated by the ensemble in the production itself, we discuss with: Marty Huber, Authentically Plastic, Lea Susemichel, Faris Cuchi Gezahegn, Gin Müller and Sandra Selimović. Moderated by Carmen Gheorghe.
Faris Cuchi Gezahegn (they/them/theirs) is an intersectional LGBTQIA* advocate/activist, a performance artist, PCCC standup comedian, and poet who uses different mediums such as style activism, writing, performance, and video/audio installations to bring social change and start a conversation that catalyzes change on issues they face while navigating day-to-day life as femme non-binary Ethiopian/African LGBTQIA* advocate with experience of asylum-seeking and refugee in Austria and also back to their homeland Ethiopia. They are co-founder and co-director and counter-narrative lead at House of Guramayle. House of Guramayle is a collaborative intersectional platform created by socially and politically marginalized Ethiopian activists around the world. They are also co-founders of Celestial Poetic
monthly QBIPoC open mic night at Villa Vida café at the historical queer community center Türkis Rosa Tippp. They are members of Afro Rainbow Africa collective started by Queer African for Queer African in Austria by welcoming folks in their wholeness both as African/African decent queer bodies. They work as a social mental health worker at Queer Base: an organization that welcomes queer folks that are seeking asylum by providing different services such as legal representation, social consulting, housing, and many more.
Marty Huber is a queer feminist activist working at the intersection of anti-racist and LGBTIQ+ human rights policies. She is*co-founder and collaborator of Queer Base – Welcome and Support for LGBTIQ Refugees and as part of the collective organizes safe housing, legal advice, social counseling, trainings and community events for LGBTIQ refugees. The goal is to structurally secure a fair asylum process for queer refugees. Queer Base was awarded the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Services to Human Rights 2017, Dr. Alexander Friedmann Prize 2017, MigAward 2018, PrideBiz Special Award 2021. Marty Huber is a lecturer for art and cultural mediation at the Institute for Artistic Teaching, University of Fine Arts, Vienna with a focus on anti-discriminatory educational work for teachers.She has also worked for many years as a dramaturg, lecturer in the field of dance and performance, and in the organization of cultural initiatives, IG Kultur Österreich. In 2013, her multi-award-winning book Queering Gay Pride – Zwischen Assimilation und Widerstand was published.
Lea Susemichel studied philosophy and gender studies in Vienna. As an author, journalist, lecturer and speaker, she works a lot on the topics of feminist theory and activism and emancipatory media politics. Since 2006, she has been the managing editor of the feminist magazine an.schläge (www.anschlaege.at). Most recently she published (with Jens Kastner): Identity Politics. Concepts and Critiques in the History and Present of the Left and Unconditional Solidarity, both published by Unrast Verlag.
Gin Müller is a director, theatre scholar, performer and queer ar/ctivist. Gin’s pieces negotiate activist and political topics as well as collective forms of collaboration both on and off the stage.
Authentically Plastic is an artist, DJ & producer based in Kampala, Uganda.
Sandra Selimović is an actress, director, rapper, and Roma activist. She is a co-founder of the feminist Roma theatre association Romano Svato and a fighter for queer and women’s rights within the Roma community.
Carmen Gheorghe is a roma feminist, activist and scholar from Romania. She has been engaged in civil society for the last 20 years and her main work (in civil society and academia) was focused on roma women and girls rights through grassroots work, community development, gender issues, intersectionality, politics of identity, gender based violence and reproductive justice. She is the co-founder of E-Romnja Association, a roma feminist ngo in Romania Since 2019 she developed an academic course on roma feminism and politics of identity.
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