Hey Speakers! Welcome to the first in the “Artist of the Podcast” Series that will feature a lil more from the artists who grace the podcast with their wonderful presence! First up is the incredible and lovely Leila Zainab!
LZ: Leila Zainab
LZ: I am passionate about promoting my art and the art of others. I love that I get to do that for my work. I love that I get to promote art as a healing tool for survivors of sexual violence. I am director for Survivor Theatre Project, an organization that uplifts the artistic narratives of survivors of sexual violence & their stories of resilience and resistance. I love that I don’t necessarily promote traditional theatre. I love that it is entirely exploratory and deeply supportive. All that heals is welcome.
LZ: I make work to heal, most definitely. I make work because I feel compelled to, and answering that call within me is a healing and self-loving act. I make art because I want to explore the confines of my personal expression, as I know there are many and I wish to dare and dream and push through the barriers that I experience. I create art mainly from a place of wanting new things in the world: new ways of thinking, new stories, new paradigms, new archetypes. Out with the old, in with the new.
LZ: I think I am at peace, but art has allowed me to make contact with the unrest within me. I’m glad to feel that place within me that feels peace and unrest at the same time. That place that rubs against one another in uncomfortable ways. In ways that propel me to move into a yoga position or exhale loudly or shake my body or scream and cry. It’s good. It’s all good.
LZ: This is a video I filmed a few years ago of a monologue I wrote about surviving and healing from intergenerational trauma. Trauma of sexual violence, of physical violence, of migration, of displacement, of lost memories…
If you haven’t heard Leila’s podcast episode, enjoy it here: