17 episodes

In With Opened Mouths: The Podcast Dr Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa sits down with artists, musicians, curators and spoken word poets to discuss the expression of their practice. How did they find their artistic voice? Which life-events shaped them and who are their inspirations? Catch With Opened Mouths: The Podcast for some moving and inspiring conversations.
With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022.
Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/with-opened-mouths/ With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with CFRC 101.9 FM. This limited series podcast is released monthly. The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez.
Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021. The series is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund, Queen’s University and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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In With Opened Mouths: The Podcast Dr Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa sits down with artists, musicians, curators and spoken word poets to discuss the expression of their practice. How did they find their artistic voice? Which life-events shaped them and who are their inspirations? Catch With Opened Mouths: The Podcast for some moving and inspiring conversations.
With Opened Mouths is on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 7 August 2021 to 30 January 2022.
Learn more about the exhibition on Agnes’s website: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/with-opened-mouths/ With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with CFRC 101.9 FM. This limited series podcast is released monthly. The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez.
Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021. The series is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund, Queen’s University and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

    Outrageous Worldmaking from a Bright Yellow Kitchen

    Outrageous Worldmaking from a Bright Yellow Kitchen

    Emelie Chhangur, Director Curator of Agnes Etherington Art Centre talks with Qanita Lilla about her radical curatorial practice. Growing up in Paris, Ontario in an assimilationist paradigm, she talks of harnessing experimentation and rejecting the confines of the status quo. Emelie’s lived experience of cultural mixing and of negotiating multiple worlds allows her to open up curatorial practice to non-Western traditions but also to bring together forms that might not have a natural affinity. She describes her practice as scrappy, experimental and unexpected worldmaking that started in a bright yellow kitchen. 
    Show notes: https://bit.ly/3CU6Znk 
    Transcript: https://bit.ly/3kiWzaw 
    With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is hosted by Dr Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 
    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.
    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez.
    The podcast is supported by The George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University; the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund; and Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage, a program funded by the Government of Canada.

    • 51 min
    Travelling in a Multiverse of Hybridity

    Travelling in a Multiverse of Hybridity

    In artist Rajni Parera’s marbled landscapes, mutant travellers traverse interstellar terrains as regal environmental combatants. Hers is a multiverse of jewel-coloured intensity, of hairy spoons and delicate seed pods all of whom co-exist as equals in a realm where only the gentle survive. Which life events birthed these ideas and which everyday materialities were harnessed to propel Rajni’s practice ‘to infinity and beyond’?
    Show notes: https://bit.ly/3QKKxmv 
    Transcript: https://bit.ly/3ZGpOnT 
    With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is hosted by Dr Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 
    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.
    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez.
    The podcast is supported by The George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University; the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund; and Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage, a program funded by the Government of Canada.

    • 43 min
    Drawing Power From Poetry

    Drawing Power From Poetry

    For poet Juliane Okot Bitek storytelling was always in the air. In this episode, she shares with Qanita Lilla that stories have the power to transform who we are and how we situate ourselves in the world. Juliane describes the precarity of belonging, the unexpected joys of ‘unsettlement’, intergenerational memory (contained in the beauty of Acholi mosquito ‘nests’) as new modalities through which to navigate the past. These things and more shape a world where the ghost of Joseph Conrad is finally exorcised and a glorious, wild apparition of a woman without language is conjured in his place. She lives in the gaps on Juliane’s page, slides off the run-on lines and sits between the repetitions, only to emerge with her back turned as she walks into the crowd.
    Show notes: https://bit.ly/3kpJJqQ 
    Transcript: https://bit.ly/3Xhua38 
    With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is hosted by Dr Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 
    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.
    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez.
    The podcast is supported by The George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University; the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund; and Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage, a program funded by the Government of Canada.

    • 59 min
    Imagining African Digital Futures

    Imagining African Digital Futures

    In this episode, Chao Tayiana Maina shares her pathways into the digital humanities and metadata with Qanita Lilla. Framing new structures for African knowledges, she has combined a lifelong love of history with innovative technologies. For Chao, translating history into the digital sphere requires an understanding that information in the archives has a living relevance to real people’s lives. The digital sphere is therefore an important part of history-making and the cultural record, and Chao’s practice has evolved from telling untold stories to holding colonialism to account.
    Show notes: https://bit.ly/3CNDYtp 
    Transcript: https://bit.ly/3IPym5Z 
    With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is hosted by Dr Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 
    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.
    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez.
    The podcast is supported by The George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University; the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund; and Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage, a program funded by the Government of Canada.

    • 46 min
    Manifesting Black Feminist Subjectivity

    Manifesting Black Feminist Subjectivity

    Visual artist Kosisochukwu (Kosi) Nnebe talks with Qanita Lilla about the rich sources of her artistic practice. Inspired by social theory as well as her lived experience, Kosi creates art that resists the easy consumption of blackness and allows instead for quiet, sometimes disturbing realizations to emerge. Referencing her video installation in the Brown Butter exhibition at Agnes (2022) Kosi shows how the agential repositioning of Black bodies as performers and storytellers serves a liberatory function.
    Show notes: https://bit.ly/3H9Q3Mg 
    Transcript: https://bit.ly/3XfAqbP 
    With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is hosted by Dr Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 
    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.
    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez.
    The podcast is supported by The George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University; the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund; and Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage, a program funded by the Government of Canada.

    • 55 min
    Sweet Grass, Boiled Eggs and Table Manners

    Sweet Grass, Boiled Eggs and Table Manners

    In this episode, poet Billie the Kid talks with Qanita Lilla about honouring stories as living entities. Through storytelling she manifests light, hope and joy. Billie’s practice takes us on a journey through a tapestry of family, poet communities, and resonant connections with mentors. The fundamental humour in her writing emerges as speaking back to what it means to be an Indigenous poet living in Kingston. 
    Show notes: https://bit.ly/3H66JnV 
    Transcript: https://bit.ly/3GLhE53 
    With Opened Mouths: The Podcast is hosted by Dr Qanita Lilla and produced by Agnes Etherington Art Centre in partnership with Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM. 
    Original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021.
    The graphic for the podcast is created by Vincent Perez.
    The podcast is supported by The George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University; the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund; and Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage, a program funded by the Government of Canada.
     

    • 55 min

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