Travis Alabanza is an electrifying talent and one of the most prominent and emergent queer voices in the crossover of arts and politics. They've performed at the Tate, had their poetry published on highly-regarded platforms and tours their work internationally, but their work runs deeper than the places they perform because their work comes from a place of searing honesty. Among much else, Travis and I discuss the overlapping oppressions of trans and Black bodies, the role of performance in survival and why they sometimes lean into parodies of themself when navigating white institutions.
Travis opens our conversation with "Black Bones and Cycles" and closes with "Pride".
Find out more about Travis at travisalabanza.co.uk
Travis performs with ALOK and Malik Nashad Sharpe on 17 August at Hackney Showroom: hackneyshowroom.com/alok
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