FEMINIST KILLJOYS READING GROUP
Rajni Shah with collaborators
Feminist Killjoys Reading Group (FKRG) is a growing community of people who identify as feminist killjoys, or who wish to learn more about the figure of the feminist killjoy in a respectful and inclusive setting. The project is inspired by the work of Sara Ahmed, and her blog feministkilljoys.com. Public sessions run every last Saturday of the month on Darug land in Blacktown, and are led by a core group of five young artists working in collaboration with lead artist Rajni Shah and co-producer Sasanki Tennakoon.
FKRG will be in residence during Right Here. Right Now, and you are warmly invited to attend one of their open sessions which will run every saturday prior to the main RHRN programme. FKRG is always free to attend, but please book in advance as numbers are very limited. If you have questions about the session, or about access to the space, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Frank Mainoo at Urban Theatre Projects: firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9707 2111
Please visit www.facebook.com/FeministKilljoysRG/ for more information about the group, or to join the mailing list.
Director: Rajni Shah
Consultant / Assistant Director: Sasanki (Sanki) Tennakoon
Core Group: Anneka Shankar, Ellen O’Brien, Nujhat Ahmed, Rhayne Fountain, and Xiaoran Shi.
Rajni is a British/Indian artist who has been making performance since 1999. Her work ranges from intimate encounters with passers-by in public space to large-scale performances in theatres and galleries. Previously based in the UK, Rajni was an Artsadmin Associate Artist (2009-2013) and an Honorary Research Fellow at The Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck College (2012-2016). She recently completed a PhD entitled ‘We are capable of so much more: Experiments in Listening’ which will be published in hardback and as a series of zines as part of Palgrave’s Performance Philosophy series in 2019. Rajni has been working with UTP on Right Here. Right Now since 2016, and is delighted that Feminist Killjoys Reading Group will be in residence for the upcoming festival.
Sasanki is a Sydney based arts worker and emerging artist and writer. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from National Art School, has exhibited in several group shows in Sydney and has been working in the arts in Western Sydney in varying capacities since 2012.