Artist, rapper and activist Mykki Blanco has announced he will be speaking at London’s Royal College of Art this January. Apart from the date, not much has been said on the subject of the talk, but it will bill as an RCA Arts & Humanity lecture.
Blanco is known as one of hip hop’s queer pioneers, but also for his advocacy towards transgender rights and throughout his career, has adopted both the “he” and “she” pronouns. “The idea that there is “one singular transgender narrative” of being born in the “wrong body” is false and not true for everyone,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
As someone who doesn’t crave celebrity — “I have too much anxiety for that,” he once told The Guardian — he wants just enough fame to be able to make a difference. In September last year, he spoke at the University of Bergen Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design. Hosting a talk which drew on his 2015 lecture “Sexual Politics and Logistical Business Strategies in Independent Music”.
The event takes place on 16 January, 6.30-8.00pm at the Gorvy Lecture Theatre.