Alvina Chamberland reads new literary work developed during her four-week ΛΑΛΑ residency. The work explores in a poetic and existential way the beauty and challenges of love between straight men and trans women. Alvina will also present a segment from her upcoming music theatre piece based on Swan Lake, in which the white swan is a TERF and the black swan is a trans woman.
Alex Alvina Chamberland is a Swedish-US American writer and performance artist based in Berlin. She has an MA in gender studies from Södertörns Högskola, with a thesis on trans feminine sisterhood and intersectionality in New York City.
In 2015 Bokförlaget ETC published her co-authored book Allt som är Mitt: Våldtäkt, Stigmatisering och Upprättelse (English translation: All that is mine: Rape, Stigmatization and Reparation), which was the beneficiary of a grant from the Swedish Arts Council. In September 2018 her novel Utelåst – Uppväxtnostalgi för freaks (Locked Out – A nostalgic account of growing up for freaks) a parody of the coming of age-genre, was published by Dockhaveri Förlag.
She has been widely published in journals and newspapers in both Swedish and English. She is currently writing her first English language novel, Love the World or Get Killed Trying, from which she has read excerpts at venues such as KW and Schwules Museum in Berlin, The Swedish National Youth Theatre in Stockholm, The New School in New York City, The Danish Institute for Studies Abroad in Copenhagen, The Oberhausen State Theater in Oberhausen, La Mutinerie in Paris, Wienwoche in Vienna, and The Athens & Epidaurus Festival in Athens.