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Desire & Resistance

6 March 201917 March 2019

ONCA’s exhibition for this year’s International Women’s Day featuring work by Maya Armon & Subira Wahogo.

This International Women’s Day, ONCA are proud to collaborate with artists Maya Armon and Subira Wahogo to host Desire & Resistance, a two-week long exhibition that centres the experiences of women and non-binary people of colour. Curated by visual activist and fugitive feminist Susuana Amoah, this exhibition invites audiences to explore politics of desire and resistance within an imperialist, capitalist, white supremacist patriarchy.

“… the message that acknowledgment and exploration of racial difference can be pleasurable represents a breakthrough, a challenge to white supremacy, to various systems of domination. The overriding fear is that cultural, ethnic, and racial differences will be continually commodified and offered up as new dishes to enhance the white palate – that the Other will be eaten, consumed, and forgotten.”

– bell hooks, Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance



Maya is a filmmaker and recent fine art graduate. Her work explores how to confront institutionalised racism and sexism. Throughout her practice Maya has been focusing particularly on feminism for women of colour. Her work is primarily based in film, creating a variety of documentaries, visual essays and experimental short films in order to discuss her opinions of this constantly changing discourse.


Subira is a defiantly queer, unapologetically Black spoken word poet and activist. Their work weaves together the personal and political, through experiences and imaginations, spoken with rage, softness and laughter.

Subira is the winner of ONCA’s 2018 Green Curtain Award and our Poet in Residence this March. As part of this exhibition they will be leading a series of workshops, creating an interactive installation in the gallery and performing their spoken word piece ‘Coffee and Cream’ which will be filmed in front of a live audience.

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