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In this tender, generative and lush conversation, Mimi Zhu and Sania Khan will speak to how their creative practices, including Mimi’s forthcoming book (Be Not Afraid Of Love) and Sania’s forthcoming film (Custard), are currently musing on the themes of queer kinship, platonic intimacy, and collective dreaming. Throughout their conversation, Mimi and Sania hope for audiences to reflect on how queer friendships are integral to queer futurisms, and how the inherently liberatory framework that is consciously practiced within many queer friendships allows for the collective activation of imagined possibilities that centre embodied ease, love and justice.

Mimi Zhu

(they/them) is a Brooklyn-based queer ChineseAustralian femme writer, artist and community organizer. They facilitate workshops that are dedicated to the healing power of the written word. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, PAPER, The Guardian, Slate, Artnet, and more. Their debut book, Be Not Afraid of Love, is slated for release in August 2022 with Penguin House Books.

Sania Khan

(they/she) is an award-winning Tkarontobased queer Pakistani filmmaker, researcher and cultural strategist. Their interdisciplinary praxis explores liberated futures, healing justice, digital futurism & embodied dreaming for Black, Indigenous, racialized and working class communities. They currently serve as Founder and Executive Director of Solar House Productions (SHP), a non-profit organization that provides self-identified Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, and disabled pre/ emerging filmmakers in Canada with professional development opportunities. Their very queer and soft debut short film, Custard, is currently in post-production.