RECLAIM GRIEF

Failing Femmes and Zafira Vrba Woodski welcome all queers to a weekend on The Queer Art of Death and Mourning – RECLAIM GRIEF!

Failing Femmes, Karpfenteichstr. 13, 12435 BERLIN

Saturday October 1st, 2022

15:00 Opening of Reclaim Grief – a weekend full of the queer art of death and mourning

15:30 Queer Grief – film program curated by Zafira Vrba Woodski followed by a Q&A with 

Antiffa Vänsterfitta.

Films:

ButchFemme AB’s TV Show by  Antiffa Vänsterfitta, 2020, 18 min

I’m Continuously Crying tears of estrogen and tears of testosterone by Zafira Vrba Woodski, 2020, 5:30 min

The Canonization of Saint Derek of Dungeness, 23:30 min

Death is my pronoun by Zafira Vrba Woodski, 2020, 14 min

16:30 Lighting the High Heel Memorial Altar

Please bring photos or objects of dead loved ones to place on the altar for the day!

17:00 Space for introspection on death and people we lose, with Lukas. 

18:00 Guided Ancestral Journey with Zafira Vrba Woodski

In this guided meditation we use breath to ignite our imagination and memories as

we travel in queer history all the way back to the beginning of time. Please bring a blanket, notebook and pen if you can! No previous experience of meditation is necessary. Please be on time!

19:00 Hang out + cafe

Sunday October 2nd, 2022

14:00 Lighting the High Heel Memorial Altar

Please bring photos or objects of dead loved ones to place on the altar for the day!

14:30 Death Cafe with Zafira Vrba Woodski

A death cafe is a place where people gather to eat cake, drink tea and talk about 

death. It is not group therapy or counseling, but a great opportunity to talk freely 

about grief, relief, fears and hopes connected to death and loss. Please be on time! 

16:00 A circle around the casket

This workshop is an invitation to get to know a casket. What is it made of, how does it feel, what can we do with it and what does it do with us? We will create a space, filled with curiosity, mindfulness and playfulness in order to carefully experience ourselves within a casket. The workshop will be guided by the undertakers yvonno and Hanna from Memento Bestattungen Berlin.

Maximum 15 participants and there will be no prior registration, so please come early.

18:00 Roundtable discussion on Art and Community Organizing as Grief Work

A discussion to summarize the Reclaim Grief Weekend. How do we continue our 

grief work? Are there more ways to mourn collectively? How can we keep queering 

death? A roundtable discussion is a format where everyone has a chance to both speak and listen and will be introduced at the beginning. 

19:30 Hang out + vegan café

The entrance to all events are on donation basis, please be generous so we can sustain our autonomous culture house! 
English is the primary language for all the events. 

About the organizers: 
The Failing Femmes is a queer collective and femme-centered DIY cultural house. A place for radical politics, art, learning from each other, workshops, creating stuff, gossip, cinema, flirting, kufa and nice counter culture in general with an aim to overthrow the state and force feminize everybody. 

Zafira Vrba Woodski is a queer death doula, Interfaith Minister, artist and trans activist based in Stockholm, Sweden. 

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