love and rage: coming soon

Love and rage: a queer refugee publication

Over the past past months we have been doing storytelling workshop with the members of LGBTQI+ Refugee Solidarity Lesvos. We used dance, movement, comics, drawing, oral storytelling and writings to tell stories that were real, invented, queer, funny, impressive, sad and beautiful. The goal was to make a book. To tell the outside world: ‘We are here,’. To find solidarity, support, and to reach out to other queer people on Lesvos that haven’t yet been able to find the group. With our book we will contribute to telling a global story of resilience, power and queer solidarity that smashes borders.

And… it is almost ready to print! We will print it ‘at home’ with our Risograph, and we can already say that it will be real special. The books will be available in Lesvos and through international activists in many other places in Europe and perhaps beyond.

Want to know more about the book? Do you have ideas or ways to support? Get in touch: loveandrage@subvertising.org

About the group

On Lesvos, as probably everywhere in the world, LGBTQI+ refugees are particularly at risk of exposure and violence. Moria camp is systematically overcrowded and the facilities are extremely poor. Being forced to live in such close quarters exposes LGBTQI+ refugees to sexual, physical and psychological violence. There is an absolute absence of specific support for LGBTQI+ refugees, so needs are institutionally disregarded. Some members of Lesvos LGBTQI+ Refugee Solidarity have been beaten and even hospitalised in homophobic and transphobic attacks. Some fear rape whenever they are in the camp. All have had to repress their identity, living cheek by jowl among communities which replicate the persecution they fled in the first place.

Lesvos LGBTQI+ Refugee Solidarity has been active as a grass-roots collective since July 2017. The group came into existence organically, as members of the LGBTQI+ refugee community began to identify members of the non-refugee LGBTQI+ community as trusted points of contact and support. The group meets every week to provide a safe space to talk, organise and share useful information specific to LGBTIQ+
refugees.

For more information about the group: https://www.facebook.com/LesvosLGBTIQRefugeeSolidarity/

 

 

Risograph printing studio in the making!

While working on Lesvos we noticed that many migrants are creators – of poetry, stories, music and other artforms. We see a need for small-scale publications in order to show a larger variety of stories and viewpoints and to help more people whose voices are usually silenced to publish their work.

We decided to open a small cross-cultural printing house where artists on Lesvos work together to create books for change. Using a Risograph printer – an innovative, cost-effective and extremely environmentally friendly machine – we intend to offer a space for creativity, learning and co-creation.

In order to do so, we received a grant from the European Cultural Foundation, making it possible to buy almost all the equipment and cover some of the running costs!

With the right equipment we are able to make high-quality publications on a small scale. Localizing the production will help us to be efficient, independent and democratic, while enabling participants to obtain technical skills related to design, printing and binding.

We want to discover the impact of small-scale and accessible publishing in order to advocate for a less capitalistic and more diverse approach to books and stories.

Besides the European Cultural Foundation, local branches of Kiwanis and the Soroptimists in The Netherlands also support the project.

#RDgrantee #courageouscitizens

 

 

Storytelling workshops and publishing

Storytelling is resistance. By telling stories we challenge the world around us, and we create an alternative to the dominant narratives sold to us every day.

At boom boom tales we refuse to listen to the same stories all the time. So we make our own and support others to do so too.

We work together with people from all over the world, of any age and gender, to create stories, drawings, books, zines and other publications. Currently the project is based on Lesvos (Greece) where we work with refugees.

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