Episode 7 | Kama La Mackerel
Kama La Mackerel is a tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based performer, writer, poet, story-teller, curator and multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores aesthetic practices as forms of resistance and/or healing for marginalized communities. Using photography, film, textiles, prints, performance and digital arts, Kama’s work is both deeply personal and political, articulating an anti-colonial praxis through cultural production.
Kama is the co-founder of Qouleur, an annual arts festival that brings together queer and trans artists of colour; the founder and hostess of GENDER B(L)ENDER, Montréal’s only queer open stage that takes place every last Friday of the month; and she curates the annual anti-Valentine’s day cabaret, “The Self-Love Cabaret: l’amour se conjugue à la première personne.”
Kama is deeply implicated in grassroots social justice movements around anti-oppression, anti-racism, trans liberation and gender justice. On International Women’s Day 2016, Kama was featured by the CBC as one of 9 women artists in Canada whose work is making a difference.
In the summer of 2016, Kama toured Europe with her “From Thick Skin to Femme Armour” tour, and she is presently an Artist in Residence of the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts at the Faculty of Education at McGill University.
Kama was born in Mauritius and first immigrated to India as a young adult, before moving to Turtle Island/Canada in 2008. Kama has been living in tio’tia:ke/Montreal, on traditional kanien’keh á:ka territory since September 2011.
A femme supreme who is haunted by the ocean, Kama loves drinking tea, reading poetry, taking care of her plants & spending time with her loved ones.
Photo Credit: Pascha Morrow
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