BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS film screening and presentation at the KZNSA Gallery. Friday 20th April 2012. The film screenings will take place in the Gallery courtyard at 8pm, following the exhibition opening of ‘Call and Response’ – a retrospective of the work of photographer Cedric Nunn. No charge, all welcome (bring a picnic, a blanket and a bottle).
BE.BOP 2012. BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS http://blackeuropebodypolitics.wordpress.com/ is a Project of Art Labour Archives (Alanna Lockward, Curator), assisted in South Africa by Durban-based project co-ordinator and independant academic Simmi Dullay (Tricontinental Cultural Producer). This in collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse. As part of this project The KZNSA Gallery will screen 9 short films with a total duration of 1hr 4 min.
BE.BOP 2012- BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS is an international screening program and transdisciplinary roundtable centered on Black European citizenship in connection to recent moving image and performative practices.
BE.BOP 2012. BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS has been conceived by Alanna Lockward in order to address some of the historical entanglements that have constructed our current understanding of the figure of the citizen in Europe. An understanding that is inseparable from the colonial history of Europe in the African continent and the systematic racialization processes that took place.
Lockward is approaching these entanglements from the perspectives of Black Feminist epistemologies, decolonial theories, Decolonial Aesthetics and more specifically from Decolonial Diasporic Aesthetics, a term coined by her. The significance of hosting this project in Durban is based on the commonalities of the hidden trajectories of the enslavement of entire populations, as well as on the rich history of indentured labourers in KZN and South Africa at large.
As a port city, Durban has a licentious history that has yet to be uncovered, one that was open to slave-ships, survivors of both slaves and colonial explorers and adventurers. The significance of Lockward’s presentation in Durban is that it offers a tangible connection between different experiences of the triangular trade in present narratives that challenge the silencing of the Tricontinental world today. The framework of this screening is circumscribed within decolonial theories which expose how the idea of citizenship is linked to current racializing configurations and hence with the limits of humanity. In that sense, the racial hierarchy of human existence, originating in the Renaissance and prescribed legally during the Enlightenment, established current (white-male-heteronormative-Christian-Western) European notions of who is Human and who is lower in that hierarchy, thereby designating citizenship, one of the most important legacies of modernity. The time-based positions discussed at this meeting have been selected because they contest (racializing) fantasies on European citizenship.
BE.BOP 2012 SCREENING LIST
1 Artist: Jeannette Ehlers Title and link: Black Magic At The White House, http://vimeo.com/25062988 2009 03:46 sound International Session Credits: The artist and ArtLabour Archives
2 Artist: IngridMwangiRobertHutter Title and link: Neger , http://ingridmwangiroberthutter.com/_/neger_1999.html 1999 04:16 sound International Session Credits: The artist and Artlabour Archives
3 Artist: IngridMwangiRobertHutter
Title and link: Wild Life, http://ingridmwangiroberthutter.com/_/wild_life_1999.html 1998 01:33 sound International Session Credits: The artist and Artlabour Archives
4 Artist: IngridMwangiRobertHutter Title and link: Masked, http://www.ingridmwangiroberthutter.com/_/masked_2000.html 2000 05:16 no sound International Session Credits: The artist and Artlabour Archives
5 Artist: Teresa María Díaz Nerio Title and link: Hommage à Sara Bartman, http://vimeo.com/17094383 2007 04.00 n/s International Session Credits: The artist and ArtLabour Archives
6 Artist: Jeannette Ehlers Title and link: Three Steps of Story, http://vimeo.com/25309738 2009 03:35 International Session Credits: The artist and ArtLabour Archives
7 Artist: Emeka Udemba Title and link: Dancing with the Star 2011 11:46 n/s International Session Credits: The artist and Artlabour Archives
8 Artist: Tracey Moffatt Title and link: Other, http://www.roslynoxley9.com.au/artists/26/Tracey_Moffatt/1173/43232/ 2009 07:00 sound International Session Credits: The Artist and The Momentum Collection
9 Artist: William Kentridge Title and link: Black Box/Chambre Noire, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn38eZC84oo 2005 22:00 sound International Session Credits: The Artist and Marian Goodman Gallery