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Giles Bailey – TALKER #8: Paul Maheke

TALKER is a self published interview zine about performance by musician, artist & writer Giles Bailey


Issue #8 of Talker features a conversation with artist Paul Maheke.

Born in France and now based in London, Paul’s work has been exhibited widely and, at the time of this conversation, his most recent performance Sènsa, developed with musician Nkisi and lighting designer Ariel Efraim Ashbel had just been presented at Performa festival in New York. Paul’s own dancing body is a central feature of his practice and we discuss the development of this in his recent projects. He also describes the significance of others in his creative process and his ambition to create events and share practice rather than produce images through dance.


280 x 180mm

26 pages

Risograph printed throughout

saddle stitch, Card cover

Released: 2020

Paul Maheke

Paul Maheke lives and works in London.

His current research imagines the body as an archive using its waters as pathways to information and knowledge. This investigation occupy a metaphorical space wherein which the body resonates and echoes with the broader socio-political and historical context that have birthed it.

With particular attention to dance, it proposes to rearticulate the representations of queer Blackness that emerge from Western imaginations by addressing History through non-human subjectivity. It is also a way to question social and geographical relationships to places as they relate to a more personal inquiry that mainly deals with unsettling idea of « main-ness ».

“I collaborated first with Paul on a soundtrack for an installation exhibited at South London Gallery and we have been working a few projects since then. We will be presenting a performance piece that is part of an on-going larger work and research project that explores our similar interests in the invisible non-human realms and its agency, body rhythm and architectural relationships between trance induced performance, sonic waves and memory…”

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