Rhythmic Resistance
Womxn in Windows & Oxy Arts & LAND
summer 2023
w/ with Fijiana 

Rhythmic Resistance — a conversation between @iamfijiana and @zionestrada from @blackdiscourse.co following our music video screening in partnership with @oxyarts & @nomadicdivision as a part of their for the sake of dancing exhibition.

Conversation with Indo Fijian rapper from the Bay uncovering the ways she destabilizes colonial language and centers her creative autonomy.

WxW’s curation of fierce femme defiance through short films and music videos as a part of Oxy Arts: for the sake of dancing in the streets. Each video  illustrate how our body’s and dance are tools of radical self expression. Through these works we are called to explore acts of resistance through movement and sexuality as a response to identity, patriarchy, colonisation and our current political climate.

Videos include works by Merriem Bennani, Amara Abbas, Zeina Aref, Sharon Hakim, Palavi aka Fijiana, and Janelle Monae.

for the sake of dancing in the street is a group exhibition celebrating the interconnectedness of feminist and queer resistance. The exhibition and associated programming were conceived and organized in collaboration with OXY ARTS, LAND, and Yasmine Nasser Diaz.
Collectively the work documents and amplifies individual acts of resistance as well as historical and ongoing global feminist protest movements, including the current uprisings in Iran--creating connections between these movements across space and time.

Archival materials, videos, zines and posters trace these connections and create new reverberating calls to action. Central to the exhibition is a focus on dance as a liberatory practice, using disruption, joy and irreverence as critical tactics.

Zion Estrada (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist researcher living on Gabrielleno/Tongva/Chumash Land. Her work flows between archival assemblage filmmaking, sonic collage production and experiential design centering human and more-than-human (re)connection.

Zion’s  experimental collage language in film and sonic works often use layering of field recordings, found sounds and carefully curated sound clips that score a line of discourse that complicate temporality, history and meaning making. Her practice is informed by the palimpsest and Pauline Olivero’s Deep Listening. 

She is most interested in the non-verbal and more-than-human qualities of storytelling from the African diaspora (specifically the Caribbean) and how sounds hold the spirits of the past and the alchemic power to magnetize communities, movement, moods, and healing. She draws from the traditions of Black Trans abolitionists care making, sex worker solidarity,  doula presence practices and movement architects love of release.

Zion is currently is practicing in emergent transformative justice work with Abolition Dream lab practicing in radical learning communities how to prepare, account, release and re-story the harms we have caused, the roots the harms have in culture and systemic violence  while centering care, healing and rest.

Zion is the Creative Director of Black Discourse, co-founder of Wild Grass Design + Research Lab and owner of BZE Consultant LLC.  She holds a M.A. Ed focused in participatory research and linquistics.

Director of Programs at BLD PWR; holds 10yrs as educator and curriculum developer.

Board member at Citizens of Culture
Exhibitor at the Ghetto Biennale in Jacmel, Haiti 2024
Participant in MIT Worlding Project Community 2023