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Creatively sharing knowledge, to allow understanding in a bid to break down the barriers that stop humanity from moving forward.

Empowering one to empower all.

 

Header art by Rosie Beard.

 

afropunk paris 03-05.06.2016

I was sent to Afropunk to co-host and facilitate some interviews with great artists that will be aired on NTS Radio very soon. We managed 17 interviews in 3 days!! It was overwhelming but the energy and the amount of love at this festival made it all okay. I cannot wait to connect again with so many people who all believe in postively changing old systems. Afropunk London coming soooooooooon ;)


SWANZY BY LAKSHMI <3 01.06.2016

I feel honoured that this super talented mama drew me. Thank you Lax, you are too amazing! Please make sure you check out her art works on here.


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUCEMENT 23.05.2016

ROADFEMME issue 004 - 'for us, by us' is still in procession, so unfortuantely it will not be ready in time to be part of DIY Cultures zine fair as originally planned.

To make it up to you all, I am printing limited re-runs of the previous releases:

ROADFEMME 002 - 'the black issue' and ROADFEMME 003 - 'stay true'.

You can pre-order yours to be posted or for collection at DIY Cultures which takes place at Rich Mix London (35-47 Bethnal Road E1 6LA).

Thank you for your support :)

 

 

Update: 30th May.

ROADFEMME 002 and 003 SOLD OUT!!


 

BBC AFRICA 13.04.2016

My debut performance as a presenter for BBC Africa. You can view the clip here.


PODCAST 001 : SELFCARE SUNDAYZ

Every sunday is my chill day to reflect and just be. I have been meaning to do a podcast to prepare me for my radio show. So here is the first dose featuring Benny Blanco <3 Listen here.


GLASGOW ZINE FEST 30.04 - 01.05.2016

ROADFEMME will be exhibiting at this annual celebration for zines. Come grab your copy and say hey! Info here.

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WHY DIY? 03.05.2016

Curated by Not So Popular to pay homage to independant zines from the UK. I will be joining a panel of other great Zinesters.

More info here.

DIY CULTURES 29.05.2016

This annual treat returns putting the essence of DIY at the forefront with plublishers like myself exhibiting on the day as well as workshops, talks, films and more. Info here.


BOSSY IWD TALK  08.03.2016

Kicking off Women's Month with Converse and @creamsodagirlz alongside an amazing "Bossy" panel. 

I will be exploring ways in which we can all empower and move forward. Thank you. Happy International Womens Day!

HAIR TODAY, HERE TOMORROW 17.04.2016

A celebration of independant artists doing their own thing without the help of institutions. ROADFEMME will be exhibited alongside other greats including my favourite artist of the moment- Rudy Loewe. Info here.


WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL 11-12.03.2016

Returning to the Southbank centre for my 3rd WOW. This year I will be co-hosting 'Talking Heads' a session surrounding Herstories on Sat 11th at The Southbank Centre's Archival space. On Sun 12th I will bringing Khanga Kimono to their infamous Marketplace. Make sure you come down and try our handmade tropical looks 🌴👘 


KHANGA KIMONO IN ROLLACOASTER MAG 

Super producer Nidia Minaj styled by PC Williams, shot by Ronan McKenzie. All the faves <3

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GAL-DEM LOVES ROADFEMME 25.02.2016

A little spotlight on my labour of love ROADFEMME written by my love @zai_swanzy for the lovely gals at Gal-Dem. Read the full article here.

DAZED OOMK SPOTLIGHT ON FEMALE ARTISTs 2016

It's always nice getting a shout out from your peers. The Zine community is all love <3 Big up OOMK.


SAVE THE FEMINIST LIBRARY RALLY 24.02.2016

The feminist library has been integral to my process with ROADFEMME. With the largest collection of Women's Liberation Movement literature in th UK. They have been supporting research, activist and community projects since 1975. Solely ran by Volunteers, they provide an inspiring space for learning and a social space for hundreds, if not thousands of people.

Read about the rally here.


WOMEN ON DOCS 25.01.2016 (EAT THE KIMONO)

I was honoured to be part of the first ever Women on Docs. Brainchild of Eloise King and Jess Frances this monthly series celebrates women in documentary film making with a panel discussion. I was invited to explore women and the power of self-expression alongside Kim Longinotto award winning director of the film that was screened 'Eat the Kimono' and Dr. Griseldis from SOAS University. We discussed themes from Kim's documentary which followed Hanayagi Genshu who was known for her passion and activism. "The world will get just a little better if the oppressed speak out. You mustn’t be silent" - Hanayagi Genshu. Join WOD facebook page here.


KHANGA KIMONO 09.12.15

Launched on Tanzanian independence day. This is my homage to Khanga's - showcasing the simplicity of wraps, the bold eye catching prints and the relevance of ancient African proverbs featured on each cloth. Profits from sales go towards an education initiative in Dar Es Salaam starting Winter 2016. Shop Khanga Kimono here.


  THE GUARDIAN 22.10.2015   Interviewed by Symeon Brown for the Guardian (in print and online)&nbsp; Swanzy.biz &nbsp;founder alongside Poet Belinda Zhawi, Film maker Shola Amoo and Artist Barka i. See below for my feelings...  "I dont like to label myself, I just am."&nbsp;That was my first response when being categorised as a Black Romantic. When you have picked apart all the labels thrust upon you over time, the last thing you want to do is take on a new one.&nbsp;It's limiting defining yourself in one way. I was also asked if I put blackness at the centre of my work. The answer was yes, as well as womanhood and the many other facets of my being. Personally when I see blackness romanticised, the gaze is often macho/patriachal and almost never LGBQT. I am not here to police anyone. I've got my voice and I claim my space. That is the main mission when doing youth/community projects. It is not about going along with what I say or do, it's about finding YOUR voice and deciding what YOU are going to do, before we even get to talking about WE.

THE GUARDIAN 22.10.2015

Interviewed by Symeon Brown for the Guardian (in print and online) Swanzy.biz founder alongside Poet Belinda Zhawi, Film maker Shola Amoo and Artist Barka i. See below for my feelings...

"I dont like to label myself, I just am." That was my first response when being categorised as a Black Romantic. When you have picked apart all the labels thrust upon you over time, the last thing you want to do is take on a new one. It's limiting defining yourself in one way. I was also asked if I put blackness at the centre of my work. The answer was yes, as well as womanhood and the many other facets of my being. Personally when I see blackness romanticised, the gaze is often macho/patriachal and almost never LGBQT. I am not here to police anyone. I've got my voice and I claim my space. That is the main mission when doing youth/community projects. It is not about going along with what I say or do, it's about finding YOUR voice and deciding what YOU are going to do, before we even get to talking about WE.

     

 

 


ROADFEMME 003 stay true launch

With live reavings from contributors and an open audience discussion exploring topics covered within the zine. Recorded by the good people at NTS Radio. Please RSVP on swanzy@swanzy.biz


lines

A short film by Cecile Emeke, in which Swanzy.biz founder was invited (alongside a selection of badass women) to dissect lyrics from a song of our choice, that helped us in deconstructing mainstream narratives and questioning societal norms.

LINES is screening between 7-12 October as part of the BFI's London Film Festival 2015.


THE BLACK ISSUE (DISCUSSION)

To launch the release of ROADFEMME Issue 002 : The Black Issue Swanzy.biz facilitated a discussion to open dialogue surrounding topics covered within the newspaper alongside live readings and debate. Thank you to NTS Radio for the recording <3

Listen to audio here.


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