„Navigating life in Vienna for as Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black People/People of Color has its own rhythm and it is usually not represented in main stream media and if it did it is mostly in very negative and condescending way which magnify the isolation feeling among us“
This argument is the starting point for Negede’s work.
During the project “fly-ism”, a podcast show in 12 episodes will be developed in order to address the lives and struggles of lgbtiq * persons and refugees in Austria, to share experiences and to search for solutions together.
Through this accessible format, a broad community can be reached, which promotes and strengthens networking and exchange.
Statement of the jury 2019
Living in Vienna as a non-binary African refugee and an intersectional LGBTIQA+ activist is different and difficult. The multiple layers of identities have put me, and many other bodies, in a peculiar space where we are isolated from the majority of the Austrian population. Navigating life in Vienna as Queer/Trans*/Inter/Black/People of Color is barely represented in mainstream media, and when it is, it is portrayed in a negative and condescending way, which further magnifies the isolation.
Through the podcast, I want to highlight our ways of living in Vienna and discuss challenges and solutions, both individual and collective. fly-ismwill be pre-recorded and aired every other week for six months (12 episodes in total). Each episode will be ca. 2 hours long and divided into 4 segments, dedicated to current events and situations in Vienna, including politics, self-care, and healing. The show will also include a Q&A session with the listeners. fly-ismwill be available on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud, and circulated using my social media handles.
Negede Gezahegn Gebremeskel (b. 1984, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a performance artist and an intersectional LGBTIQA* activist who uses style activism to bring social change and start a conversation on the issues they/she/he face while navigating day-to-day life as a non-binary Ethiopian/African LGBTIQA* activist/refugee in central Europe.
They/she/he has lived in Austria since 2017, having been granted asylum after their/her/his security in Ethiopia got compromised.
They/she/he is also a fellow at the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, as well as the co-founder and former Executive Director of DANA Social group, the first self-organized LGBTIQA* grass-root organization aiming to improve health access and advocate visibility for the Ethiopian queer community.
They/she/he is an active member of Afro Rainbow Austria, the first organization established by and for African LGBTIQA* persons living in Austria. Having received a degree in computer science, they/she/he worked in Ethiopia as an IT expert.