Mar 27th 2023

Tanda: Between the Black Body and Water; Finding Rest in Turbulent Times | Daya Tiye Stanley

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I became interested in Black people’s relationship with water after spending a lot of time in my college career relearning the ways I am connected to water and can be in water as well as nature. Water has been a vehicle for both rest and oppression in my life. It is the duality of water that interests me.

How can something so critical to survival also be the means by which colonization has disconnected generations of Black Americans from their ancestors? How have Black people utilized water to escape, if only momentarily, oppression? What possibilities for healing lie in relearning to be in water? How has racism and urbanization obstruct our relationship with water?

Daya Tiye is a multimedia artist and writer from Chicago, Il. Through her work, She strives to paint vibrant portraits of Black American life, specifically focusing on the experiences of Black women.

Tanda is back with a new group of generous knowledge carriers ready to talk through the assembled afterlife, water’s relationship to the body, urban semiotics, auto-constructed pathways in the global south, and post-colonial story telling!

Josué Esaú will co-facilitate this Spring ’23 season. Josué participated in the Spring ’22 season with the topic: Mesofuturism: Reclaiming Historical Identity through Archiving and Critical Fabulation.

This season was pre-filled with applicants from the fall open call pool. We are grateful for the interest and word of mouth support that has grown this program to have enough applicants for two seasons.

Sessions are virtual, free, and open to the public. Closed captioning available. Recordings of Tandas are not posted online.

Tanda is a cohort program that aids individuals with their research and practice through self-directed and collective learning. It is a program providing time and space to gather, share, think and exchange conversations, resources, and knowledge on participants’ chosen topics and practices.

Josué Esaú channels Mesoamerican cosmology, culture, and ritual to anchor reconnection with ancestry, land, and energy. Following the tradition of Afro- and Indigenous Futurisms, Esaú ventures the energetic middle spaces, spiritual-temporal portals and sites of future knowledge through the coined framework of Meso-Futurism. Aware of problematic pseudo-histories and distrust in science-fiction relationship to western ideas of progress and settler colonial time, Esaú creates garments, ritual devices, and collaborative performance as a mode of accountability, play, and care work to offer bridges to Maya space-time. He proposes ancient, plural ways to mark and enjoy time and space, entwining ourselves with the inherent rhythms of the earth, the cosmos and our co-inhabitants.

Tanda Spring 2023
Dates: Mondays, 03/27 – 05/01
Times: 6:30-8:30pm CT / 7:30-9:30 ET
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