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On the occasion of Gasworks' Open Studios, artist in residence Leticia Ybarra (via their project, Juf) convenes a poetry reading with S*an D. Henry-Smith, Nisha Ramayya, JOVENDELAPERLA, BERENICE and Leticia Ybarra, exploring the potential, possibilities and limits of enunciation in situations of constraint.

The invited poets will approach the functionality of language in different contexts: those of illness, dreams, translation, nature, love or desire. Their poetry and/or sound practices suggest the necessity to constantly dispute and rebuild those contexts by means of semantic accumulation, phonic slippage, corruptions of meanings or evasive representations.

Juf is a Madrid-based poetry project curated by Leticia Ybarra and Beatriz Ortega Botas.

Please note that the Spring Open Studios are open from 12 to 6pm.


S*an D. Henry-Smith is an artist and writer working primarily in poetry, photography, and performance, engaging Black experimentalisms and collaborative practices. They are the author of two chapbooks, Body Text and Flotsam Suite: A Strange & Precarious Life, or How We Chronicled the Little Disasters & I Won’t Leave the Dance Floor Til It’s Out of My System; as mouthfeel, they coauthored Consider the Tongue alongside Imani Elizabeth Jackson. Their debut collection of poems and photographs, Wild Peach, was published by Futurepoem in 2020 and shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award. 'in awe of geometry & mornings', exhibited at White Columns, brought to scale photographs from the book alongside a series of readings and conversations programmed with their collaborators. They are also the director of Lunar New Year, their first film.

Nisha Ramayya grew up in Glasgow and now lives in London. Her poetry collection States of the Body Produced by Love (2019) is published by Ignota Books. Recent poems and essays can be found online in CCA Annex, JUF, and Spam Zine; and in print in Wasafiri and Magma.
Perla Zúñiga aka JOVENDELAPERLA is an artist, poet and DJ. They run the LGTBQ+ collective CULPA and are part of the cycle of lectures PoemRoom. In their work they explore language through different media such as music, performance and video. They have made mixes for Rinse, NTS or Mutant Radio Tblisi. As a producer she has collaborated with Uruguayan producer Lechuga Zafiro and Chilean producer Tomás Urquieta. Their work has been shown at Boiler Room (Barcelona, 2021), pen pressure; a show of poetry fantasy and faith curated by Yaby at Haus Wien (Vienna, 2020) or Gelatina Festival at La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2020).
Vera Amores aka BERENICE is a model, DJ, music producer and multidisciplinary artist. She started DJing in Madrid night parties like Infierno or the queer dissident party El Puñal Dorao. She is founder, together with the artist JOVENDELAPERLA, of the queer electronic music collective CULPA, performing several parties since 2019 in Madrid, Barcelona and Berlin. Her eclectic mixes brim with transfemininity and syncretism, breaking with conventional techno through the use of Latin rhythms and breakbeats, Björk remixes, cinematic melodies and sounds of an eel's orgasm. Her work has been shown at Boiler Room (Barcelona, 2021), Poem Room at Conde Duque (Madrid, 2020) or Museo del Carmen (Valencia, 2021).
Leticia Ybarra is an artist and poet. Their work is based on the relationship between the concrete nature of poetry and the capacity of different forms -visual, gestural and textual- to contain and to circulate excess as a characteristic of queer expression. In order to approach this, their practice also engages with common social archetypes by paying attention to the frameworks that these hegemonic systems impose. They are the author of Fantasmita eres pegamento (Caniche Editorial, 2021), their work has been presented at CentroCentro (Madrid), Intersticio (London), Haus Wien (curated by Yaby, Vienna), Córdova (Barcelona), Fluent (Santander). Leticia worked for several years at La Casa Encendida (Madrid) as the Head of the Department of Literature and Thought.