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Mwasi Afrofeminist Collective is a French based collective fighting hard for Black liberation. We work in a non-mixed environment exclusively open to womxn of all gender experiences, femmes, and gender-marginalised people of African and Caribbean origin and descent. Mwasi was founded in 2014 by womxn’s sexual and reproductive health activists dismantling systemic violence against womxn in the DRC. LEARN MORE
Ana Laura is an artist, puppeteer and storyteller who has been working with MWASI for five years. As Head of the Art and Education Commission, her work is grounded in the restorative use of art in struggle, and the transformative power of art as a liberator from our subjectivities.
ASSIA BEGARD, MWASI
Assia Begard is an Afro-Caribbean, trans non-binary person, studying arts and social sciences and working with adolescents. Specializing in the problems articulating contemporary cultural objects and human and social sciences, Assia currently pursues her research around a cross-reflection between the emergence of underground cultural spaces and social relations of domination at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon -Sorbonne. An Afrofeminist queer activist, Assia is a member of the Art and Education Commission of MWASI, and working in parallel in a college in the suburbs of Paris. She wishes to create a dialogue between artistic practices and popular education, as a medium of identity construction and demand for the liberation of Black and queer communities.
Khumo is a queer, Black, nonimmigrant cisgender woman from South Africa currently residing in the U.S. She is a practicing Clinical Psychotherapist and Sex Educator whose work focuses on mental health and wellness for Queer and Trans Black & Indigenous People of Color. Along with mental health, her work as a consultant demystifies gender and sexual norms from a sex-positive, anti-colonial and intersectional lens. Khumo graduated with dual Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees from Columbia University with a certificate of focus on Women and LGBTQ+ issues.
Rob Franklin is a writer and organizer based in New York. He is a co-founder of Art for Black Lives, a platform which allows visual artists to donate prints for sale, with all proceeds providing resource support to the Black Trans community. Now entering its fourth round, the project has raised over $100k for organizations like The Okra Project and The Frances Thompson Education Foundation and will launch its inaugural artist residency in Palm Springs this August. In his writing, Franklin explores collisions of race and class, the quotidian violence that often emerges in intimate relationships across identity lines. He holds a BA in Political Science and Creative Writing from Stanford University and is currently an MFA Candidate and Graduate Instructor at New York University.
DARRYL DEANGELO TERRELL
Darryl DeAngelo Terrell is a Detroit Based artist who primarily works within lens based media (i.e. Photography, Video), performance, and writing. He is also a Curator, DJ, Organizer, and Educator. He received his Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with Xaviera Simmons, Ayanah Moor, Roberto Sifuentes. He works under the philosophy of F.U.B.U (This Shit Is For Us*)., and is always thinking about how his work can aid to a larger conversation about blackness and its many intersectionalities. His work explores the displacement of black and brown people, femme identity, and strength, the black family structure, sexuality, gender, safe spaces for all black bodies and personal stories, all while keeping in mind the accessibility of art.