Travis Alabanza

Travis Alabanza

Artist. Performer. WriterUnited Kingdom
+ Info

1

Connection
eric xavier
Travis Alabanza

Travis Alabanza

Artist. Performer. WriterUnited Kingdom
About me
Travis Alabanza is a performer, writer and theatre maker. In the last two years they have been noted by numerous publications, such as ARTSY, ID AND MOBO _AWARDS, as one of the most prominent emerging queer artistic voices, and also listed in OUT as an influential queer figure, appeared in campaigns with MAC X ASOS and performed across the country and internationally. Their unique mixture of performance, poetry, style, political views and risk taking performances has given them a unique placement both nationally and internationally. In 2016/17 they became the youngest recipient of the artist in residence at the Tate workshop programme, starred in Scottee’s theatre production ‘putting words in your mouth’ at the Roundhouse and the Royal Exchange adaptation of Derek Jarman’s Jubilee, performed in venues such as V&A, Tate, ICA, the Roundhouse and Barbican – and had their work featured in the Guardian, BBC, Huck magazine and more. Known for increasingly paving much of the UK conversation around trans politics, Alabanza has became a staple part of the London queer scene and further afield. Giving talks and performances at over 40 UK univerisities, ranging from the RCA, Central St martins, Oxford university and Cambridge, & abroad such as Harvard, Brown university & Austin Texas. Their debut poetry book ‘Before I step Outside (you love me)’ released in 2017 has been shipped to over 19 countries world wide and listed as one of the top trans literary books of 2017. With this book they also have toured Europe and the United States performing and reading it to over 200 venues and countless audiences, including the performance of ‘Before I Step Outside (you love me)’ at Harvard Univeristy, Brighton Art Festival, Macedonia pride and more. Alabanza’s performance has taken them across the country, europe and internationally – working regularly with artists such as Alok Vaid-Menon, Duckie, David Hoyle, Scottee and others. You can learn more about Travis and their work by following them on social media channels @travisalabanza
Projects
  • Before I Step Outside (you love me) - Skopje Pride Weekend 2018
    Before I Step Outside (you love me) - Skopje Pride Weekend 2018Leading trans artist and performer Travis Alabanza performs work from their debut poetry book 'Before I Step Outside (you love me)'. Compiled completely on public transport, the performance (which mixes sound, poetry, theatre and projection) dissects and addresses what it means to exist as a trans person outside. Who is hurting us? Who is protecting us? Who is silent? Before I Step Outside (you love me) was released in 2017, and is now shipped to over 19 countries and listed as one of the most i
  • Travis Alabanza: Being trans on public transport
    Travis Alabanza: Being trans on public transportArtist and activist Travis Alabanza speaks to PinkNews about what it is like to be a gender non-conforming person outside, revealing the harassment they often experience just catching a bus in London.
  • 'Before I step Outside (you love me')
    'Before I step Outside (you love me')'Before I Step Outside [You Love me]' is Travis Alabanza's debut chapbook and collection of work, with a mixture of images, poetry, diary entries and essays relating to their experience as a trans person navigating public space, being outside, and on public transport. Every piece within the book is written whilst on a tube, a bus, walking, being harrassed, stared at, looked at and surviving. This collection of work is designed to be taken outside. To be read in public. To be shown in spaces. To
+ Show more
Projects credited in
  • British GQ Style
    British GQ StylePhotographer duo Scandebergs photograph Munroe Bergdorf, Kai Isaiah Jamal, Travis Alabanza, Naeem Davis and Mykki Blanco for GQ Style's Liberation Issue, curated by Elgar Johnson. As well as featuring in the story, Munroe has cast the project. "I have designed this magazine cover in memoriam of the black trans lives that have been needlessly cut short in 2020. A reminder that all black lives matter and that we must protect black trans futures." - Munroe Bergdorf. Photography by Scandebergs
  • AfroPunk Feature
    AfroPunk FeatureA series of images of Travis Alabanza for their feature on Afropunk.
  • Travis Alabanza
    Travis Alabanza
+ Show more
Skills
  • Writing
  • Art
  • Acting
  • Art Performance
  • Live Performance