1. Practice: Performer & Writer
2. Location: London
Travis Alabanza has been noted by QX, MOBO and Queer Artsy as 'one of the most prominent emerging queer voices in the UK', in 2016/17. They were the artist in residence at Tate (schools programme), performing in venues such as the V&A, Tate, ICA, internationally in Hamburg Feminist Festival, Berlin Arts Plaza and a US college tour. They also starred in two acclaimed theatre productions, ‘Putting words in Your Mouth’ (Roundhouse) and ‘Jubilee’ (Royal Exchange), which will come to Lyric Hammersmith in the New Year.
What do you find most inspiring about the art/world right now?
It’s seeing other black queer and trans creatives make their own rules, start their own things, run their own nights, boss their own publications and claim their own space. Being surrounded (URL AND IRL) by artists doing this always pushes me to stay to my roots and do the same.
How would you say London expresses itself?
London expresses itself the same way I do after eating too many different types of food quickly. Sometimes I feel sick, and sometimes I feel really good. London is mixed up. It has so many beautiful expressions, and so many horrible ones. I love the connected nature I have to the arts here, but also, going outside for me - as a trans person - in this city is dangerous. I long for a London that expresses itself more kindly to myself and other trans people.
How do you determine success?
Success is such a dangerous concept to obtain, it relies on so many other factors apart from talent or hard work (like privilege and access). Maybe redefining success to mean: are you doing the best you can right now, and are you being a good person whilst doing it?
Tell us about a creative (queer POC) the world should be paying attention to.
Malik Nashad-Sharpe. Hands down. Their work is revolutionary.