Kandaka(t): “Strong woman”, title for queens and queen mothers of the ancient African Kingdom of Kush, also called Nubia and Ethiopia. In memory of the warriors’, regents’ and ruling queen mothers’ legacy, the Sudanese people still honours strong women as Kandakat today. In the Sudanese Uprisings of 2019, women protesters were at the forefront of demanding change and social justice. The term Kandaka was used to celebrate their courage and strength.
This publication imagines feminist futures at the intersection of art and activism. Kandaka is about exploring the beauty and power which lie within us all in our daily practice and conversations. Through locating our personal stories within the bigger realities that we live in, we nurture creative and radical mindfulness, aiming to decolonise the notion of what it means to be a changemaker and a storyteller. The feminist futures we explore and work towards are decolonial and intersectional. Pleasure and community lie at the centre of our practice.
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