Sailesh Nadu (IG: @sailesh_n) is a writer, researcher, and performance artist working in the sphere of migration, gender, and education. Their work interrogates the queer body as territory, ancestral knowledge, and building of queer personal narratives as archive.
In this OyoUniverse podcast episode, Dumama and Sailesh have a conversation, unravelling thoughts and experiences concerning the Ancestral Body Noise process, Sailesh's tarot practice and the psycho-spiritual exploration of the dream world.
"It is in the inbetween that my practice explores what we know to be true and what our imagination tells us otherwise. Through poetry, film, and performance I explore imaginative histories, presents, and future as reality. What can be formed in the mind can be as concrete as the fictional histories we are taught in schools. I seek to recreate and reestablish connections with ancestral bodies that are attached by lineage, spirit, and queerness through rituals and storytelling. " - Sailesh Naidu
This is part of a series of podcasts for Ancestral Body Noise: Rituals of Real(ease) - a project lead by Gugulethu ‘Dumama’ Duma for Oyoun's curatorial focus EMBODIED TEMPORALITIES. She is guiding participants through a intercultural healing incubator on biomythography and ancestral reconnection. The focus is on honoring the remnants of ritual through kinaesthetic and vocal intimacy, engaging the power of a collective creativity developed amidst political and social resistance in a time of social distancing.
Artwork: Duduetsang Lamola (IG: @blk.banaana)
Postproduction: Dylan Hunter Chee Greene (IG: @dylangreene_hunterchee)