w/ Paul Maheke & Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi)

SQUAD is an independent embassy aiming at re-shaping power structures through the production of new bodies-states and the implementation of innovative political flux. SQUAD is an operative entity using invasion, infiltration, camouflage and escape as diplomatic strategies to take the control back over the visibility imposed to people usually located in the margins. The first iteration of SQUAD takes place at South London Gallery (the Clore Studio).

For their first collaboration together, artist Paul Maheke, producer and DJ Melika Ngombe and curator Cédric Fauq have devised a night of performance, music and dance that centres on Black Femme subjectivities. By deliberately failing to qualify or to impose and attach any fixed concepts, they intend to engender matriarchal narratives that seem to resist the status-quo in all their complexities.

In the form of a collage exploring the multiplicity of voices coexisting in the global now, using texts, found footage, sounds and through the works of visual artists Minia Biabiany (FR/MX), FAKA (ZA), Belinda Zhawi (UK/ZW), Angel HO (ZA), SQUAD will culminate in a DJ set whilst aspiring to the constitution of an ephemeral yet critical Herstory of resistances.

With works by

Mamoyo (Belinda Zhawi), Reasons for Leaving in Kingdome I, 2015
Angel-Ho (Angelo Valerio), Yah-Cunt in Ascencion, 2015
Minia Biabiany, Flé a Poyo (Restauring the Body), 2014
Melika Ngombe Kolongo, Give Them What They Want, 2013
FAKA, From a Distance, 2015
Angel-Ho (Angelo Valerio), Bed, Bath and Beyond, 2015


Women’s 4x400m Relay Final European Championships Zurich 2014
Surya Bonaly – 1993 Worlds Free Program
Mutuasi Dance
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric, 2014
Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me, 1928
Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Les Saignantes, 2005
Michael Rymer, Queen of the Damned, 2002 (with Aaliyah and Korn)
Benia 48
The Matriarch Matrix
Julie Djikey, 3ème Ruelle (Performance at Kinshasa), 2013

Fashion design by Bianca Saunders