Desire Lines: Queer love and dancehall at HKW

An exploration of ‘Queer Love Across Island Imaginaries’ at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt.

By Staff

What does it mean to be queer in the Caribbean?

We’re working with HKW, filmmaker Phil Collins and Jamaican organisation Beyond Homophobia as the local media partner for Desire Lines, a long-term public artwork challenging narratives around LGBTQIA+ issues in Jamaica, Trinidad, and beyond.

From an intersectional perspective, Desire Lines examines “the consequences of anti-colonial and emancipatory struggles on the LGBTQIA+ community in Jamaica”, and asks, “how homophobic are dancehall and reggae?”

At a special event on August 19-20 at HKW, a wide range of multi-disciplinary contributors will engage in talks, discussions, performances, screenings, radio broadcasts, informal interactions and a dancehall party.

Join us at Oona for the pre-event hangout on August 18th, and be sure to tune in to the shows we are broadcasting before and after the event. 


Moji Anderson

Beyond Homophobia

Black and Gay, Back in the Day

B.O.S.S. (Black Obsidian Sound System)

DJ Biggy C

Phil Collins

Kiera Coward Deyell

Faggamuffin Bloc Party

Lyall Hakaraia

Simone Harris

Erin C. MacLeod

Jaevion Nelson

Angelique V. Nixon

Sippin’ T

Marc Thompson

Gin Wilson

and others.