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12x12: Kavindu "Kavi" Ade

Wednesday, July 11 at 7 pm

Brandywine Workshop

730 S. Broad St

“I’m forced to believe that we can survive what we must survive.”

                     -James Baldwin

What is the emotional toll of living in a world in opposition to your existence? In what ways do we disassociate as an act of survival? How often do we stifle our own grief or distill our righteous anger into something more palatable? Kavi Ade’s poetry is a lamentation, a leaning in to what haunts the spirit of a Black Trans Queer body. With poems that are deeply personal while inescapably political Ade’s work grapples with being set at the throne of violence.

Join Kavi Ade for a mixed media performance that moves through time, chronicling despair, grasping at hope, and exploring the ways a body can learn to survive.

About Kavindu Ade

Kavindu “Kavi” Ade is a Poet, Activist, and Arts Educator of Afro & Indigenous Caribbean descent. Kavi received a BA in Social Justice with a concentration on Art for Social Change and Gender Justice from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Using art as resistance they create transformative dialogue that aims to combat supremacist powers and heal communities that have been relegated to the margins of society.

Kavi has given poetry readings and speeches, led workshops and spoken on panels in numerous cities and communities, including over 75 colleges and universities domestically and internationally. Kavi Ade received the Leeway Transformation Award in 2016.