Occupying hostile environments
Displaced: being ‘othered’, made to be out of place.
The spaces we occupy are not neutral, but are imbued with her/history and meaning. Certain bodies become socially entitled to take up space, while others are not. Some of us find ourselves within hostile environments where our presence is unwelcome and we are made to be out of place.
Feminist Spaces contributes to wide-reaching concerns, debates and activities on different intersections of identity and space, where positions of authority have become racialised and gendered. Safely existing in spaces, being heard and being visible, or wanting to remain undetected, staying in place or moving across spaces with lines and borders: these are acts of resistance in contexts of increasing barriers and hostilities towards those who are displaced and those who are made to be out of place.
Feminist Spaces brings together feminist, anti-racist, embodied practices of resistance including purposeful loitering, feminist cycle rides, creating safe(r) spaces, and arts activism to resignify space and to perform everyday acts of resistance with voice and action. We aim to articulate some of the complexity and diversity of feminist spaces and to explore and record acts of resistance through occupying hostile environments. Feminist Spaces seeks to build a collaborative, capacity-releasing network by pairing up UK and European-based projects of resistance with a range of allied projects in less economically developed countries*.
Feminist Spaces: We are taking up space, occupying hostile environments, owning our own bodies and telling our stories.
*Countries listed by the DAC as in receipt of ODA (Official Development Assistance)
At the moment, we are creating the network with invited partners, but please contact us if you have any questions.