(syntax) to Become: 
an ongoing Reading exercise <> Collective Read #2

We’re happy to announce our second iteration of (syntax) to Become at Metro54. Due to take place place on May 29th!

During  our gathering on Wednesday, May 29th we will read excerpts from Gaza Writes Back, edited by Refaat  Alareer, Light in Gaza edited by Jehad Abusalim, Jennifer Bing, and Mike Merryman-Lotze, and Gaza Unsilenced edited by Refaat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad.

These books have been crucial reads to Senakirfa, they render voices from Palestinians within Palestine and the Palestinian Diaspora, shedding light on Gazan life specifically. The stories these voices usher must be centered. For centering means, we should make sure they are cherished and heard, we should make sure these voices and stories are remembered and acknowledged, we should make sure they are humanized within our lifetime and beyond our lifetime. These voices and their stories exist in our proximity and we must never forget that. They must never be forgotten. On Wednesday, May 29th we will gather to read these texts out loud in turns, starting from 7 pm until 8.30 pm.

🔥Date:  29 May 2024
🔥Time:  19:00
🔥Location: Westerdoksdijk 597
🔥Entrance: Free

Please rsvp by sending an email to: rsvp@metro54.nl


~ the arrangement of words and phrases to create ‘well-formed’ sentences in a language.
~ the way in which linguistic elements (such as words) are put together to form constituents (such as phrases or clauses)

(syntax) to Become: an ongoing Reading exercise <> Collective Read are monthly reading exercises organized by senakirfa A., grounded in voices that usher Black feminist and decolonial poetics. The monthly reading exercise, welcomes and encourages you to Become akin to reading (((again))), and are held at Metro54 every month.

In a world dominated by oppressive measures that perpetuate the inaccessibility of reading, the collective practice and effort of reading among peoples that have been historically excluded hold agency.

The reading exercise calls on familiarizing ourselves (((again))) with the act of reading which informs a pathway to self-discovery and to our varied poetics that intersect. 

During the 1,5h reading exercise we will read in the company of each other. Our moments together will vary from reading collectively out loud in turns, or coming together to read individually in silence in each other's company, this will be announced beforehand.   

The texts we will read vary from fragments and chapters of prose, letters, science fiction, literary fiction, and poetry engaging in Black feminist visions. As all the reading will happen during our moments together, it’s not mandatory or needed to read beforehand. A digital or physical copy will be made available during the exercise.