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Seyi Adebanjo – Afromystic E.P. (Experimental Project)​

Brooklyn & The Bronx

Afromystic E.P. (Experimental Project) explored the presence of queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, two spirit, and LGBTQ religious practitioners in Yorùbá/Òrìṣà mythologies and traditions. Through a series of workshop intensives and public readings, Afromystic E.P. explored gender fluidity in Yorùbá/Òrìṣà religious traditions to empower a marginalized community that has historically been forgotten and overlooked. Project participants claimed space within these stories by intimately analyzing and interrogating religious readings at public reading events. 

Through Afromystic E.P., 2019 Artist-in-Residence Seyi Adebanjo inspired participants to experience and access the divine love that resides within. The workshop intensives included interviews, Òrìṣà story-circles, story-writing, and embodiment through gestures and movements, culminating with final activations in Brooklyn and the Bronx. This project centered People of Color who are QTGNC, Two Spirit, or LGBTQ, while also welcoming straight allies. It was open to Yorùbá & Òrìṣà practitioners, West African traditional religions, and faith-based/earth-based practitioners in the diaspora.

This project is about people knowing that they are not alone, that they can bring all they are and all they need to Yoruba spirituality. People should walk away with affirming Orisha stories.
Seyi Adebanjo, 2019 Create Change Artist-in-Residence

Community Partners:

  • Bronx Academy of Art & Dance
  • Black Trans Media
  • Spaceworks NYC

Project Topics:

  • Spirituality
  • LGBTQ+/GNC
  • Storytelling
  • African Diaspora

Project Resources

Seyi’s Project Resource List

Afromystic E.P. (Experimental Project) Flyer

Watch & Listen: “Afromystic E.P.” Playlist curated by Seyi Adebanjo

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