Phanuel Antwi: On Cuddling ~ Ranging from the terrifying embrace of the slave ship’s hold to the racist encoding of ‘cuddly’ toys, ‘On Cuddling’ is a unique combination of essay and poetry that contends with the way racial violence is enacted through intimacy. Informed by Black feminist and queer poetics, Phanuel Antwi focuses his lens on the suffering of Black people at the hands of state violence and racial capitalism. As radical movements grow to advance Black liberation, so too must our ways of understanding how racial capitalism embraces us all. Antwi turns to cuddling, an act we imagine as devoid of violence, and explores it as a tense transfer point of power. Through archival documents and multiple genres of writing, it becomes clear that the racial violence of the state and economy has always been about the (mis)management of intimacies, and we should face it with resistance and solidarity. San Serriffe's Amsterdam: with a talk by Phanuel at 8.00pm Friday November 24, 2023

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