jamilah malika abu-bakare works words (published/performed/projected and/or sound/still) into a balm by us for us (black womxn). former lead vocalist of feminist, mixed media, electrodubhop outfit (Toronto Independent Music Awards – Nominee ‘Best Electronic’ 2012). former resident of d’bi young anitafrika’s watah school + banff centre spoken word program. MFA candidate (2019) in Writing at SAIC (Chicago) exploring text off-page through print, objects, sound and digital video projection. her interactive sound installation ‘listen to black womxn‘ is on view at the Art Gallery of Guelph until January 2019. she asks you to “pay” attention to the periphery by reflecting race, gender and belonging back at you.
a cis het able immigrant of mixed origins (nigerian/indo-trinidadian) with a muslim name raised in a hindu temple. also a polygot (en/fr/sp). onlookers presume takes but nobody sees me coming.