Who is allowed to be a victim? TED TALK

‘I’m here to talk about the violence in silence; I don’t want to call it by-standing, that sounds passive. I want to talk about the active choice in silence.’ A powerful and poetic story of survival as a black, trans, gender non conforming person. Travis Alabanza is a London-based performance artist, writer and general sh*t talker that uses poetry, words, soundscapes and performance to scream about their survival as a black, trans, gender non conforming person in the UK. In the last three years Alabanza has cemented themselves as one of the most prominent emerging queer voices in the arts and further afield, with 2016/17 being a year they became artist in residence at Tate, performing in venues such as the V&A, RVT, Hamburg International Feminist Festival, selling out the opening of their new show 'BURGERZ', starring in Scottee's five star (Guardian) roundhouse production Putting words in Your Mouth and completing a successful US college tour. Alabanza also released a successful debut book 'Before I step Outside [You love me]', and has had their work been noted by Dazed, ID, MOBO, Apple and Snakes, Black Girl Dangerous and The Independent.

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