Nubia Yasin: SHEENA
SHEENA, a show curated and performed by Nubia Yasin, begs the question “What would make the pain of transformation desirable?” With a blend of original poetry and music, Yasin tells the story of her own transition from girlhood to womanhood against a backdrop of deep rooted shame. By walking through her own shame, she aims to allow the audience a chance to shine a light into their darkest corners, and say to what lives there “I see you. I don’t hate you.”
Nubia Yasin is a Memphis-born writer, multidisciplinary artist, and performer. She uses her experiences as a first generation Somali-American living in the South to tell stories about Black femmehood, with an acute focus on themes related to shame. Her writing has been featured in projects for Netflix, Apple Music, and more. She’s performed in galleries and museums across the United states.
Her first full collection of poetry, The Blood and Body, was published in August 2022 with HomieHousePress.