Impossible Worlds

artistic rendering of egyptian sphinxes with laser beams coming out of their eyes

Dates: Friday, Mar 24, 2023 – Friday, Sep 8, 2023

Start time: 4:00 p.m.

End time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Gabriel's House (816 W. Franklin St.) and Crenshaw House (919 W. Franklin St.)

Audience: All are welcome.


How do we build collective visions/collectivity in a time of racial reckoning, social distancing, economic and environmental disaster? How do we build healthy lives? What does a healthy society look like? How can art help us get there? How can we draw from the rich experience of our elders/ancestors to continue to envision a world where, in the words of the Zapatistas, “every world fits?"

What does it mean to occupy a space of impossibility? What can science fiction, afrofuturism, queer theory and anti-capitalism teach us about the impossible? Using this demand for the impossible as a starting point, let your visionary imagination go--what impossible worlds might we inhabit and create? What is your vision for an "impossible" world? What is the role of love, the erotic, companionship, and interdependence in the realm of the "impossible?" What role does intersectionality, queerness, body politics, anti-racism, etc. play in the construction of this new, "impossible" world?


The deadline for submissions is March 17 at 5:00 p.m. Send a .jpg file of your work to Liz Canfield at You do not have to be a VCU student to submit! All entries are welcome.


Sponsor(s): VCU Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and VCU Department of African American Studies

Event contact: Liz Canfield,