Join us for a poetry reading event with poet and researcher Momtaza Mehri and writer Mira Mattar. Mehri will present her most recent poem, developed in response to Sitara Abuzar Ghaznawi’s exhibition Sin City, which looks into the classist and racialised structures of hegemonic Western aesthetics and taste-making. Mattar will read a selection of her writings, which tap into the different experiences and notions of contemporary life, from gender and ecology to war and colonialism. The reading will explore the themes of the exhibition, alongside collectivised and commodified memories, and recurring motifs present in the work of Mehri, Mattar and Ghaznawi.
Mira Mattar writes fiction and poetry. Her novel, Yes, I Am A Destroyer was published in 2020 by Ma Bibliothèque. Her first chapbook, Affiliation, was published by Sad Press in 2021 and her first collection of poems, The Bow, was published by the87press also in 2021. A new chapbook is forthcoming from Veer2. She lives and works in London.
Momtaza Mehri is a poet and independent researcher working across criticism, translation, anti-disciplinary research practices, education and radio. She is a former Young People’s Poet Laureate for London and Frontier-Antioch Fellow at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in the likes of POETRY, Granta, Artforum, Bomb Magazine, the Guardian, Bidoun and The White Review. A former Columnist-in-Residence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space, she has also completed residencies at St. Paul’s Cathedral and the British Library. Her latest pamphlet, Doing the Most with the Least, was published by Goldsmiths Press.