the art(is)t shaman sessions: sacred gatherings at the crossroads of the personal, political, and spiritual in womyn's heART and lives
hosted by d'bi.young anitafrika, using the principles of the sorplusi methodology: self-knowledge, orality, rhythm, political content and context, language, urgency, sacredness and integrity, the art(is)t shaman sessions seek to investigate and negotiate the ways in which artists engage in rights of passages, culturally and spiritually self-initiate, and create ritual processes in their art-making through (w)holistic practices. featuring local and international artists, the series explores the spiritual role of artists within the community, the role of the storyteller as healer to the community and the process of self-actualization of individual and collective.
including a featured guest in conversation with d'bi., performances and collective knowledge creation, the series connects the personal with the political, the universal with the collective, through its focus on collective healing, while negotiating triumph and trauma among black womben and wimmin of color artists.
scheduled guests include notisha massaquoi - executive director of womens' health in women's hands, raven dauda - actor, singer/songwriter, arts educator, ngozi paul - co artistic director of bcurrent, actor, producer, motion - poet, playwright, mc.
the nine months ritual culminates in sacred groundings, the art and (w)holistic health component of the piece of mine festival.
the asp collective comprises of d'bi.young anitafrika, hawa mire, rania el mugammar, natasha adiyana morris and chiedza pasipanodya.