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A reading: abreu, Basu, Sekhukhuni, Luboviski-Acosta

Wolfman is pleased to host an evening of poetry on 30 May 2019, 7–9pm, featuring Bogosi Sekhukhuni (Johannesburg), Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta (the Bay), Jayinee Basu (the Bay), and manuel arturo abreu (Portland). Each artist works in a slippage between text and image; between tenderness and critical inquiry. Free and open to the public; donation to artists suggested in support of abreu and Sekhukhuni's west coast arts tour.

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Bogosi Sekhukhuni (b. 1991, Johannesburg) describes himself as a lightworker. He studied at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has exhibited at the New Museum (NYC), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the 2017 African Biennale of Photography (Bamako), LUMA Westbau (Zürich), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), Steve Turner Contemporary (LA), the 2nd Kampala Biennale, the 9th Berlin Biennale, the Dakar Biennale, the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Tate Modern (London), MoMA Warsaw, and locally in Cape Town at Stevenson and Whatiftheworld, etc. Sekhukhuni is a founding member of the tech-health artist group NTU and has worked with the CUSS Group collective. His most recent project is a visual culture bank and research gang called Open Time Coven, which investigates emergent technologies and repressed African spiritual philosophies.

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta is an artist and doula living in California. They work sometimes with the visual, sometimes with movement, sometimes with language, sometimes all three at once. Along with Elana Chavez, they’re a founding curator of The Cantíl Reading Series, and with Chavez and Angel Dominguez, a member of La Vidx Locx, a collective of queer Latinx poets. They’ve taught movement and filmmaking to children and adults alike. Work has been exhibited and performed in Los Angeles and the Bay Area: writing has been published in a chapbook, PDF, by Solar Luxuriance; appeared in Esferas; and featured on the SBSM album JOY/RAGE. A split poetry cassette with Elaine Kahn is due out from Practical Records in 2017. The Easy Body (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2017) is their first book.

manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet/artist from the Bronx. They live/work in a garage in southeast Portland, and received their BA in Linguistics (Reed College, 2014). They use what is at hand in a process of magical thinking, with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. Recent exhibitions, projects, and discourse at AB Lobby Gallery (PSU, Portland), Yaby (Madrid), MoMA and MoMA PS1 (NYC), NCAD Gallery (Dublin), AA|LA Gallery (Los Angeles), Centre d'Art Contemporain (Geneva), Veronica (Seattle), Rhizome and the New Museum (online), and locally in Portland at the Art Gym, Yale Union, Open Signal Portland Community Media Center, S1, etc. abreu wrote two books of poetry (List of Consonants and transtrender) and one book of critical art writing, Incalculable Loss (Institute for New Connotative Action Press, 2018). abreu composes club-feasible worship music as Tabor Dark. They also co-facilitate home school, a free pop-up art school in Portland.

Jayinee Basu (b. Kolkata) is a writer based in Oakland. She is the author of a book of poems entitled Asuras (Civil Coping Mechanisms 2014), and a speculative fiction novella entitled The City of Folding Faces (Lanternfish Press, 2019). She has written about art, illness, and science for a variety of publications, and her work has been translated into Spanish and Bengali. She is also the English translator of Sukumar Ray's HJBRL (Yapanchitra 2010). She has aided research on neurodegenerative disorders and traumatic brain injury, and is currently a second-year medical student at Touro University in Vallejo, CA.