Abolition is about presence, not absence. It’s about building life-affirming institutions. — Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Yes We Cannibal is an anti-profit institution for experimental art and social practice

It was invented as a local node in a larger community of care built around non-hierarchical social experimentation. We are part of a network of sympathetic counter-institutions around the world.

The idea for Yes We Cannibal first germinated when co-founders Mat Keel and Liz Lessner met in Washington DC several year ago. Mat had recently returned from living in England and Liz was preparing to move to Brazil for a year.

They began working together on an art event structured around an experiential dinner “for the end of the world” with each of the courses serving as one of the four horsemen. 

That idea quickly took on a life of its own and with Mat and Liz’s move to Louisiana, it became clear that they wanted to build something much more lasting, ambitious and responsive to their new city.

Yes We Cannibal offers an open home for unrestricted and non-hierarchical experimentations with art, music, food, research and performance to enable collaboration in new ways of liberatory living.

Anyone is invited to propose to lead a class, workshop or event. Contact us with your ideas: meetmeat@yeswecannibal.org

We have no paywall – all of our programs are free or low-cost but noone will ever be turned away for lack of funds. Programs are currently both in-person and online,  including:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Reading groups
  • Food events
  • Concerts
  • Performances
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Demonstration projects,
  •  and more

Our Spaces

Kitchen and Reading Room

The variety of our spaces at Yes We Cannibal allows us to host a wide range of events.

In addition to our main gallery and performance space, we  have:

  • A modern kitchen with new appliances,
  • Administrative area
  • Two bathrooms
  • A beautifully crafted reading room
  • A large paved front lot on Government Street.

One length of our building runs down 16th St and we are in the planning stages of a free neighborhood food forest with flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Why Cannibalism? Do you eat people?

Come find out. Our name is inspired by the early Brazilian modernist avant garde, and Oswald de Andrade’s Anthropophagic Manifesto (1928) which modestly proposed the possibility of devouring the dominant  culture – incorporating its strength and knowledge to produced something new and hybrid, rather than just proclaiming resistance against it. 

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This is our inspiration for an operational philosophy and praxis of consensual collective social synthesis against the dominant neoliberal plantation paradigm which surrounds us.