18 February 2023, 14:00 — 15:00
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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 (b. 1983, UK) is a writer and poet living and working in London. She is the author of the novel, Yes, I Am A Destroyer, published by Ma Bibliothèque (2020). Her first chapbook, Affiliation, was published by Sad Press (2021) and her first collection of poems, The Bow, was published by the87press (2021). A new chapbook is forthcoming from Veer2.

Momtaza Mehri (b. 1995) is a Somali-British poet and 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 POETRY, Granta, Artforum, Bomb Magazine, the Guardian, Bidoun and The White Review. Her latest pamphlet, Doing the Most with the Least, was published by Goldsmiths Press (2019).