Our Bodies, Our power: bodily landscapes
Fri 15.9 19:00 - 22:00 / Sat 16.9 14:00 - 18:00 / Sun 17.9 14:00 - 18:00
Sat 23.9 13:00 - 18:00 / Sat 30.9 14:00 - 18:00
Venue: House of Resources Berlin, Marchlewskistr. 27
Language: English/ German/ Greek
Priority for queer/ BiPoc/ migrant FLINTA* people
The successful participatory workshop series "Our Bodies, Our Power!" goes is back for the second round. This time we connect the power of our bodies with the power of nature. Where can we find the power of nature in our bodies? What landscapes are found on our bodies? Does the body have forests, rivers and valleys?
Maria Karamoutsiou (performer/theatre maker) and Dimitra Theodoridou (art therapist) (both founding members of InterFem Collective e.V.) accompany the group in search of answers to these questions and together they set out on a journey into the world of empowerment!
The group experiments with different materials and artistic methods such as movement, creative writing, body painting, drawing, and photography to explore the landscapes of their own bodies. Each workshop day will create individual as well as collective art products that make the uniqueness of the bodies visible!
Register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, until 11.09.2023
Buzukqueerie: a Mediterranean Drag Show
Coming on December 2023
"Buzukqueerie: a mediterranean Drag Show" is inspired by popular ways of entertainment in the Balkan region and countries around the Mediterranean sea, where there is live music and show. In Greece, for example, they are known as “buzukia”, very popular live music venues with a "trash" character. Similar forms also exist in Turkey and Arab countries. This drag show offers a similar kind of celebration for the community and give a platform for migrant, refugee and BIPOC FLINTA* drag performers (with both previous experience or without
We offer a range of anti-discrimimation and gender training for groups, companies, trainers, tailored to your needs.
Please contact us for further information.
FLINTA* Empowerment Workshop
Duration: 3 hours
Format: online and in person
Where and how do I feel comfortable? What does empowerment mean for me as a FLINTA* person? How can the community support me? Is it art or can it help me? We will answer such questions together in a cosy round. We look forward to seeing you!
Gina Farrow (she/they), performing artist, director and educator with focus on anti- discrimination and activism. They have been based in Berlin since 2010. Gina is an intersectional feminist with influences from Judith Butler, Paul. B. Preciado and Audre Lorde. In 2022 Gina co-founded the association InterFem Collective
Playing with words and colours
Duration: 3 hours
Format: online and in person
Would you like to play with words and colours in a relaxed atmosphere without pressure and performance requirements? Then you've come to the right place!
Under the guidance of Maria Karamoutsiou, participants will have the opportunity to produce short texts and poems within two hours using creative writing methods. At the end, the process will be reflected with a joint painting activity. The workshop will be conducted in German, with the possibility of asking questions in English or Greek.
The writing language may be freely chosen. No previous knowledge is necessary, just a willingness to experiment.
Maria Karamoutsiou is founder of InterFem Collective, director, performer, and dancer and has many years of experience in working with communities.
Past Projects & Events
Buzukqueerie: a birthday Drag Show
Sonntags-Club e.V. Greifenhagener Str. 28, 10437 Berlin
And yes, the time has come! InterFem Collective has turned one year old! And we want feathers and glitter and colors, music and dance! So, we are celebrating our first birthday with a drag show at our cooperation partner Sonntags-Club!
Join us for a trashy, queer evening taken straight from the greek Buzukia!
Hosted by Buzukgina laboba and Alexander The Dick
With wonderful guests, Drag Queens, Drag Kings and Creatures
Admission free / Soli Donations for the Association and the artists
A Retrospective in the Greek Feminist Movement and its Queer Futurity
Organized by Frauenkreise Berlin
Panel discussion on the new, young and radical queer feminist movement at the forefront of popular resistance in Greece!
Despite the progressive laws that were passed in Greece in the 80s, legalizing abortion and protecting women and children from violence, patriarchy is trying to roll back what has been achieved. In a stagnating and even shrinking Greek population, women are made responsible for the decline and are pushed to reverse the trend. But feminism in Greece is not only about reproductive rights and justice or about femicides and violence against women.
The new feminists on the Greek scene are promoting intersectional perspectives and for Greece as a country that is at the heart of the migration movement from south to north, feminists in Greece call for human rights, for the abolition of borders and nation states and align with an internationalist way of understanding, living and fighting for feminism. The queer movement is an integral part of this perspective.
Online panel with Gina Farrow (she/they), performing artist, director and educator with focus on anti- discrimination and activism as well as Maria Karamoutsiou (no pronouns/she) performing artist, musician and director with focus on movement and bodywork. They are part of InterFem Collective e.V., a newly founded self-organized migrant intersectional feminist organisation in Berlin, that performs activism through art.
Our special guests Eva Papanikolaou and Gregory Pritsas from Φylis will be joining directly from Greece. Φylis, the Student Association for Gender and Equality (Link) is an independent non-profit nongovernmental organization with a vision to promote gender equality and to fight against sexism in the academic community but also within the Greek society.
Gender bender play Workshop
12:30 - 15:30
Janusz-Korczak Library Berlinerstr. 120, 13187 Berlin
A workshop around alternative, non-heteronormative gender roles and expressions. Through movement, play and Theatre of the Oppressed methods, we will reflect on gender and take our bodies through a journey of discovery.
Facilitated by Gina Farrow (she/they)
Registration in mainly open for FLINTA* people
Poster-Making for March 8th Demo
Sa 04.03.2023 12:00-15:00
Morusstraße 18A, 12053 Berlin
Funded by Netzwerk Selbsthilfe and kindly supported by “To Spiti Beratung-Begegnung-Beteiligung”.
Let’s make the most loud, weird, creative posters and join collectively the demonstration for the Women* & FLINTA* Day of Struggle (Frauen*- & FLINTA*Kampftag) on the 8th of March!
We want to protest against patriarchal structures, against a society oriented towards maximising profits, against the ideology claiming that every person is the architect of their own happiness, ignoring structural inequalities.
We demand an end to the violence and killings of women, lesbian, inter, non-binary, trans and agender people worldwide! Regardless of origin, skin color, ability level, gender and sexual orientation. We demand the self-determination of our bodies worldwide!
We not only want legal equality, but a society in which gender no longer determines our lifestyle. Despite our differences, we want to fight together. And we are not alone: intersectional feminist movements around the world are fighting for a better world - whether in the women's revolution in Iran and Rojava, the protests in Sudan, Brazil, India or Chile.
We want to collectively prepare innovative posters made of unconventional materials for the FLINTA* block. We want to compose new slogans. We want to have a discussion about fighting methods for the community, reflect on new activist actions and be inspired by each other. And all of this in a safe and empowering space, where the group of people affected by structural discrimination will be put at the center of the demo for the International Women* & FLINTA* Day of Struggle.
queer feminist writing and spoken word
Sa 18.2.2023 18:30 Uhr
Sonntags-Club e.V. Greifenhagener Str. 28, 10437 Berlin
The first event of the series InterFem Talks is a discussion on queer feminist writing and spoken word. Our guests, Marachi (they/them) and Sara Ath (she/her) will share their unique perspectives on the creative process of writing.
Join us for an evening of discussion moderated by Maria Karamoutsiou (no pronouns) and followed by Q&A and a party with Sara and Mares
In English spoken language, with possibility to ask questions in German.
Free admission, donations are highly appreciated.
InterFem as supporting Partner
Mural: a film screening series
Sonntags-Club e.V. Greifenhagener Str. 28, 10437 Berlin
Mural is a series of film screenings that's aimed to celebrate and platform the work of FLINTA/BIWOC/BIPOC in the film industry, especially emerging artists, and most specifically artist with a migration or refugee background, who face obstacles in their work due to the lack of access to resources, spaces and funding.
Najwa Ahmed (she,they): Palestinian artist and curator based in Berlin since 2020. Her artistic practice varies between: writing, theater, film and video, landart, visual art and currently she’s focusing more on curation and production of cultural and artistic events.
Históricas is a documentary film about the powerfulness of the feminist and queer political performances on the streets of Santiago, Chile. In order to capture this, in February (2023) Alkistis Kafetzi (she/her) and Polixeni Fotopoulou (she/they) are going to Santiago for one month to meet some feminist and queer collectives whose practices are based on political performance in public space. They are going to capture the rehearsals of their performances for the 8th of March manifestation and discuss the elements of the performance of each collective by focusing on their experience in embodied resistance in public space. The documentary will also emphasize the powerfulness and special dynamics of the 8th of March demonstration in Santiago.
In Chile, during the 2019 uprising, the feminist and queer movement explored alternative forms of resistance by mostly experimenting with the practices of political performance in public space. An example of this, is the performance “Un violator en tu”(A rapist in your path) created by the feminist art collective LasTesis which became a viral feminist flashmob. The piece is still performed and it has become a symbolic statement against femicide and gender-based violence across the world. The documentary aims to make visible this kind of imaginative forms of resistance of the feminist and queer movement in Chile.
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FLINTA* Bodies to the Front
Tuesday 9.5 / Tuesday 16.5 / Tuesday 23.5 / Tuesday 30.5 / Friday 2.6 (each 19:00-22:00)
Saturday 03.06 (Action in public space)
Heinrich- Böll Bibliothek Greifswalder Str. 87, 10409 Berlin
In cooperation with Sonntags-Club e.V.
WORLD LISTEN! BERLIN LISTEN!
We are here, we are taking space, we are getting loud!
We are shouting: "FLINTA* Bodies to the Front!
As a continuation of the project "Our Bodies, our Power: reclaiming beauty through artistic expression", "FLINTA* Bodies to the Front! takes us to the streets and makes us visible!
With an intervention in the public space, we want to question, resist and change the patriarchal colonialist heteronormative body norms and expectations. Our bodies are there to be seen. Our voices are there to be heard.
Do you want to get loud with us? Would you like to develop a dance intervention with us and implement it in public space?
Registration deadline 5.5.2023 (attendance to all dates required)
E-mail to: email@example.com
Suggested participation fee: 50€ / Free for members of InterFem Collective e.V.
If you can not afford the fee, please contact us. We do not exclude anyone for financial reasons. We appreciate any amount that can be donated.
The project gives priority to queer, migrant refugees and BIPOC FLINTA* people.
Funded by Demokratie Leben!
Thematic Theater Workshops for FLINTA* Feminists
Thursday, 06.04 / Thursday, 20.04 / Thursday, 11.05 / Thursday, 25.05 / Thursday, 15.06 (each 18:30)
To Spiti- Beratung-Begegung-Beteiligung Morusstraße 18A, 12053 Berlin
In this participatory workshop series, participants explore diverse topics from an intersectional feminist perspective.
Participation is free, places are limited.
Registration is open to FLINTA* folks at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop will be mainly held in English. The facilitators speak German and Greek too.
Participation is possible on one, several or all dates:
Gender Self-Awareness – 06.04.23
A lively theater workshop around alternative, non-heteronormative gender roles and expressions. Through movement, play, and methods of Theater of the Oppressed, we will reflect on gender and take our bodies through a journey of discovery. Wanna join us?
Keep me safe(r) – 20.04.23
A safe(r) space is a supportive, non-threatening physical and emotional environment, in which all participants feel free to express themselves and share experiences without fear of judgment or discrimination. The term safe(r) indicates that safety is relative: not everyone feels safe under the same conditions. The need to establish and maintain safe(r) spaces is often overlooked or underestimated. What makes each of us feel safe? How can we contribute collectively and individually to the creation and maintenance of safe(r) spaces? How is privilege relating to such processes? Let’s discover together!
Drag Kings on the making (Part 1) – 11.05.23
In this workshop, we are going to approach the performativity of gender through the art of drag. The art of Drag is the art of disobedience, rebellion, and freedom. Born in the queer communities and inspired by pop culture, drag is a DIY transdisciplinary artistic practice. In the first part of the workshop, we are going to explore the spectrum of maleness and experiment with masculinity. The participants will work on the creation of a drag king character/alter ego using a variety of methods such as creative writing, somatic expression and movement.
Drag Kings on the making (Part 2) – 25.05.23
In the second part we are going deeper into our character, playing with make - up techniques and preparing our own number. At the end of the workshop, each participant has the chance to present a small performance (lip sync or other). It is time to create our own Drag Show and celebrate gender expression!
Reversing the male gaze – 15.06.23
Theater and performative arts in general have been historically created and viewed through a western patriarchal lense. Using examples of well-known art, (paintings, film, images, dramatic text) we explore the male gaze. How is femininity and masculinity being presented? Are we able to recognise the male gaze in this?
During the workshop, we will reproduce these artistic pieces from our perspective, creating a FLINTA* feminist gaze.
Our Bodies, our power:
reclaiming beauty through artistic expression
In cooperation with Frauenkreise e.V. and Sonntags-Club e.V.
The body nowadays is under constant pressure. The unrealistic beauty ideals often lead to an illusion of the perfect body. This participatory workshop series on body acceptance was about a collective journey into the world of empowerment.
In this project all bodies had the chance to be seen as they are. Through diverse artistic methods (such as photography, theatrical bodywork, movement, creative writing, body painting, and more) and based on the principles of intersectional feminism, the group analyzed and explored beauty nuances from different perspectives. The participants had the chance to reflect upon their own body image and to find their personal forms of expression.
On 16.10.2022 the group presented the impressions and art products and videos that were made during the Workshop in a pop-up performance at Sonntagsclub e.V.
Funded by the Demokratie Leben!