Johanna Hedva and M Lamar

  • Free
  • Performance
  • Speech-to-text
Johanna Hedva performing on stage with a microphone and holding a guitar.
Johanna Hedva © Image by Mengwen Cao, 2019.

What you’ll do

Experience Johanna Hedva’s ‘Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House’ and M Lamar’s ‘Funeral Doom Spiritual’. These two musical performances use forms of lament to commune with the dead. Each artist takes traditional forms of music – Korean P’ansori and shamanism for Hedva, and opera, the Negro spiritual, and doom metal for M Lamar—queering and racialising them for subversive means. Both Hedva and M Lamar’s performances highlight that the process of loss and death is an ongoing one; there are states of death in life and the living.

About your performers

Photograph of Johanna Hedva

Johanna Hedva

Johanna Hedva is a Korean-American writer, artist, musician and astrologer who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches, and now lives in LA and Berlin. They are the author of the novel, ‘On Hell’ (2018) and their writing has appeared widely in literary magazines. Their work has been shown in London, LA and New York, and their album ‘The Sun and the Moon’ was released in March 2019. 

Photograph of M Lamar

M Lamar

M Lamar is a composer who also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. He works across opera, metal, performance, video, sculpture and installation to craft sprawling narratives of radical becomings. His work has been presented internationally, most recently at The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York and Funkhaus Berlin in Germany.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

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This event will have live speech-to-text transcription for visitors who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. If you would like to come along, email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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