16.06.17—19:00

#SMYA Chapter 6: Muslim Feminism in Belgium and Secular Liberal Constraints

keynote, panel discussion, slam poetry
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#SMYA Chapter 6: Muslim Feminism in Belgium and Secular Liberal Constraints

The last chapter within the framework of Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power starts with a lecture by Iman Lechkar, dr. in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2012, KUL). Lechkar sketches the contours of an Islamic feminism in Belgium by ascertaining which mechanisms hinder Muslim women and how they organize themselves to achieve their fundamental rights within secular liberal constraints.

The lecture will be followed by a slam poetry performance by Samira Saleh. She performed a.o. at Female Takeover in a Man’s World Show and the 44th Women’s Day. Since this year she has been Slambassadrice for Belgium at Next Generation Speaks.

The evening will close with a panel discussion with Fatma Arikoglu (Ella vzw — center for gender and ethnicity), Nella van den Brandt (postdoc in Humanities at Universiteit Utrecht) & Samira Saleh , moderated by Sophie Withaeckx (doctor in Philosophy and Moral Science and associated with RHEA).

This event is organized together with Sophia, Belgian Gender Studies Network, and will be held in the Cirque space in Dutch.

The evening, and the exhibition too, will end with a drink in KIOSK, where you can see the show until 22:00.

keynote, panel discussion, slam poetry
07.06.17—19:00

#SMYA Chapter 5: Speak Up/Make Your Way

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#SMYA Chapter 5: Speak Up/Make Your Way

The fifth chapter of Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power will comprise of a screening of participating artist Amandine Gay’s film Speak Up/Make Your Way (Ouvrir La Voix). The film will be introduced by Gay and followed by a Q&A with Amandine Gay and Po B.K. Lomami, one of the interviewees of the film and manager of socio-artistic projects and queer activist.

Ouvrir La Voix is a film about francophone European black women from the diaspora. It showcases art performances and compelling storytelling from those who are usually spoken of or spoken for. The film will therefore focus on our common experience related to our minority status in predominantly White ex-colonial countries, while highlighting the great diversity of our Afropean communities. Ouvrir La Voix aims at bringing to light our existence at the crossroad of multiple discriminations that go way beyond our ‘black women’ status. Ouvrir La Voix is a statement from francophone European black women so as to why we choose to reclaim the narrative about ourselves. We will not be silenced, we will not be erased and we are in charge of our representation.” - Amandine Gay

Amandine Gay (1984, FR) is a Montreal-based Afrofeminist filmmaker, activist, and journalist. The feature-length documentary Ouvrir La Voix is her directorial debut.

Po B. K. Lomami (1989, Mons, BE) is a Congo-descendant afroqueer, afrofeminist and anti-negrophobia activist and an independant DIY socio-artistic project manager. She (or they) is currently the head of cultural programming of the 49 Nord 6 Est - Frac Lorraine (Regional Contemporary Art Collection) in Metz, France.

*This conversation will be held in English

KIOSK will be open until 10 pm. You can visit the exhibition Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power before or after the event (free).

01.06.17—19:00

#SMYA Chapter 4: A Short History of the Future

lecture, performance
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#SMYA Chapter 4: A Short History of the Future

In a performance with live reading and video projection, Kapwani Kiwanga takes on the role of a fictional anthropologist. In this role, she speculates about the future and researches Afrofuturism as a tool to look at the past from an African or African diasporic perspective.

Kiwanga toys with the voice of authority. By using humor, she tries to disrupt hegemonic narratives and give voice to fictional stories.

Kapwani Kiwanga (1978, Ontario, CA) lives and works in Oaris (FR). She studied anthropology and comparative religious studies at McGill University (Montréal, CA). In her work, she struggles with Afrofuturism, anti-colonialism, collective memory, belief systems and ways in which different cultures approach the supernatural.

lecture, performance
31.05.17—20:00

#SMYA Chapter 3: On ‘Cahiers du Grif’

Lecture
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#SMYA Chapter 3: On ‘Cahiers du Grif’

For the third chapter of ‘Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power’, Mara Montanaro will give a lecture on the journal ‘Cahiers du Grif’. These Cahiers du ‘Groupe de Recherche et d’Information Féministes’ was the first and most influential French-language feminist journal. In 1973 it was co-founded by Belgian writer, philosopher and feminist Françoise Collin.

The first cahier, titled ‘Le feminisme, pour quoi faire?’ (1973), questioned the young feminist movement and introduced an element of reflection in Belgian second-wave feminism, that up to then mostly consisted of manifestations (like the Dolle Minas). The editorial office, that comprised of only females, moved from Brussels to Paris in 1982.

Mara Montanaro is Doctor of Philosophy associated with LEGS (Laboratoire d’études de genre et sexualités), Université Paris 8. Her main research interests are contemporary French philosophy, feminist theories and gender and postcolonial studies.

Please note that this event will be in French.

04.05.17—19:00

#SMYA Chapter 2: Op de thuisblijvende vrouw uitgekeken

filmvertoning & gesprek
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Chantal De Smet during a demonstration for more childcare in Ghent, June 1980
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Jacqui Goegebeur

#SMYA Chapter 2: Op de thuisblijvende vrouw uitgekeken

Het tweede hoofdstuk binnen het publieksprogramma van Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power duikt in de tweede feministische golf, met een specifieke focus op de Gentse Dolle Mina’s.

19:00
In gesprek met Chantal De Smet en Jacqui Goegebeur over de Gentse Dolle Mina's

Chantal De Smet stond van 1989 tot 1996 als eerste, en dusver enige, vrouw aan het hoofd van de Gentse Academie (nu bekend als KASK/School of Arts). In 1977 schreef De Smet de titelwoorden "Op de thuisblijvende vrouw uitgekeken" in de eerste van negen LeF-cahiers. Voor ze LeF (Links en Feministisch collectief) startte, nam De Smet het voortouw in de oprichting van de Gentse Dolle Mina’s.

Jacqui Goegebeur, Dolle Mina van een later uur, studeerde Afrikanistiek. Goegebeur werd geboren in Rwanda met een zwarte moeder en een blanke, Belgische vader. Nadat haar vader stierf toen zij zes maanden oud was, haalden Belgische autoriteiten haar weg bij haar moeder om haar vervolgens onder te brengen in een weeshuis in Savé en later in verschillende pleeggezinnen in België. Tegen wil en dank werd ze zo niet enkel een getuige, maar een product van ons koloniaal verleden. Getuigenissen hiervan werden gepubliceerd in het boek Mixed 2010, waar Goegebeur initiatiefneemster van was.

Het gesprek gaat door in het Nederlands.

20:30
Filmvertoning van Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, met introductie door filmhistorica Hilde D’haeyere.
(BE, 1975, Frans gesproken met Nederlandse en Engelse ondertitels, 201 min.)

In deze film kijken we ruim drie uur naar een thuisblijvende vrouw, wiens enige recht het aanrecht lijkt te zijn. Chantal Akerman maakte deze film in 1975, toen zij 25 jaar was, met een hoofdzakelijk vrouwelijk team. Bij de release noemde The New York Times de film het “eerste meesterwerk over het vrouwelijke in de geschiedenis van cinema”.

Deze avond wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met KASKcinema.

filmvertoning & gesprek
27.04.17—19:00

#SMYA Chapter 1: Who is speaking? Representation and non-representation in (art) politics today

film screening & talk
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#SMYA Chapter 1: Who is speaking? Representation and non-representation in (art) politics today

The public program of Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power opens on April 27 with Chapter 1: Who is speaking? Representation and non-representation in (art) politics today.

19:00: Screening of 'La conférence des femmes, Naïrobi '85' by Françoise Dasques (KASKcinema)

20:30: Conversation between Paola Bacchetta and Françoise Vergès (Cirque)

In the framework of the programme of L’Internationale Dialogues*, the political scientist and feminist Françoise Vergès and feminist and queer scholar and sociologist Paola Bacchetta will be engaged in a conversation about who has the right to speak in our societies. They will address this question through looking into their personal and professional paths, and decolonization movements within feminist history and theory.

*Over the past four years, L’Internationale and its partners have worked in the current unstable geopolitical and ecological constellation to activate the values of culture and international collaboration. What specific contribution can museums and cultural institutions offer to counter the plural crisis of today’s fragmented globalised society? How can specificity, research, dialogue and difference be constructively activated in the institutions of culture to build lasting friendships between communities? This spring, The Uses of Art programme culminates in a series of simultaneous activities, linked through L’Internationale Dialogues: a rich programme of engaged professional dialogues. This programme is launched with a full day of live broadcasts of discussions, performances, and live tours through the new exhibitions, on 27 April, via L’Internationale Online.

The conversation will be held in English.
After the event we invite you for a small drink.

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This event is organized in collaboration with KASKcinema and is part of Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power.
More information & full program:
http://www.kiosk.art/showmeyourarchive
http://www.internationaleonline.org/

film screening & talk
27.04.17-16.06.17

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power

Lectures, panel discussions, performances and screenings
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The opening ceremony of the World Conference on the UN Decade for Women, University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1985. (c) Sophia Smith Collection

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power combines an exhibition with a public program of lectures, panel discussions, performances and screenings to present stories from the history of feminist struggle. Issues of race, gender and class are covered from a so-called intersectional perspective, an approach that works to bring to the fore the combinations of discriminatory practices and the dynamics they engender. The project’s title refers to the 2009 lecture of the same name by Gloria Wekker, renowned Surinamese-Dutch scholar with an established reputation within the transnational and Black European feminist discourse.

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power wishes to extend its scope beyond Western, white feminism and to trace the potential origins of transnational and intersectional feminism in Belgium. The project’s starting point was the Ghent Royal Academy of Fine Arts and its first (and thus far sole) female head Chantal De Smet, who held the position from 1989 to 1996. In the early 1970s, De Smet was a central character in the Ghent Dolle Minas, one of the first initiatives of the second feminist wave in Flanders. She was also one of the driving forces behind the Belgian Angela Davis Committee.

It was the second feminist wave that pushed the United Nations to taking measures to improve the position of women, resulting in the UN declaring the period 1976-1985 the decade of the woman and the organisation of women’s conferences in Mexico City (1975), Copenhagen (1980) and Nairobi (1985). FORUM ’85, the alternative conference of women’s movements and non-governmental organizations taking place alongside the official UN conference in Nairobi was a key moment in the history of transnational feminism. Attended by 14,000 women, activists and feminists from mainly non-Western countries, it was the first occasion of that scale to stage worldwide encounters and exchanges of ideas.

Documents from public archives that provide insight in these historical and local contexts make up the backbone of the exhibition. In addition, visual artists Marwa Arsanios, Saddie Choua, Amandine Gay, Kapwani Kiwanga, Ato Malinda, Eva Olthof and collective Study Group for Solidarity and TransActions were invited to make new work, connecting with these archives and themes and approach them from a postcolonial, transnational or politically emancipatory context. They offer new critical perspectives on history and in turn help to shape the guise of another new wave of feminism.

The public program wishes to think about how feminism can radically rethink notions such as class, gender and race from a postcolonial perspective. The program starts with a screening of Françoise Dasques’ film Conférence des femmes – Naïrobi (1985) about FORUM ’85, followed by a conversation between Paola Bacchetta (professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley) and French political scientist Françoise Vergès.

The complete program and the latest updates can be found at: www.kiosk.art/showmeyourarchive

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power
is organized by KIOSK and KASK / School or Arts Ghent in the context of The Uses of Art – The Legacy of 1848 and 1989, a project initiated by the museum confederation L’Internationale with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

In cooperation with Amsab-ISG, AVG-Carhif and Sophia asbl/vzw.

Lectures, panel discussions, performances and screenings
23.04.17—10:00

Ode de Kort ‘O froooom O toooo O’

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Ode de Kort ‘O froooom O toooo O’

In O froooom O toooo O, KASK Photography alumna Ode de Kort explores how an installation can resound in the spaces of a book. The installation 0O (2016) refers to a form, a character, a digit, a movement, a sound. It plays with the two- and three-dimensional and is at times almost imperceptible to the eye because of its meticulous integration in the architecture. From their positioning based on a photographic perspective, the forms look through each other. As such, the installation might even be regarded as a form of typography or choreography. The sculptures from 0O recur throughout this artist’s edition. Once again, the viewer engages with them, albeit the medium in/on/before/through/behind this happens this time is paper. Through perspective, manipulation, rhythm and movement, the circle undergoes several transformations.
In addition to the book launch, de Kort will also present some recent works in KIOSK.

Exhibition open between 10 am and 7 pm
Book launch at 5 pm

09.02.17—20:00

Shilpa Gupta

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Shilpa Gupta, 'I live under your sky too', 2013
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Shilpa Gupta

In her lecture Shilpa Gupta will elaborate on her artistic practise and her exhibition at KIOSK.
This lecture is organized in collaboration with KASK lecture series.

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Page 5 from Dorothy Iannone's artist book 'An Icelandic Saga', 1978, 1983, 1986. Courtesy of the artist and Air de Paris, Paris
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Finissage with reading, 29.01.2017. Photo Rachel Gruijters
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Finissage with reading, 29.01.2017. Photo Rachel Gruijters
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Finissage with reading, 29.01.2017. Photo Rachel Gruijters

Dorothy Iannone

New Years drink & public reading from Dorothy Iannone's artist book "An Icelandic Saga" ((1978 (Part 1), 1983 (Part 2), 1986 (Part 3)) in collaboration with students from KASK DRAMA: Ezra Fieremans, Martijn Gielen, Joeri Happel, Arne Luiting & Rosie Sommers.

In the various phases of "An Icelandic Saga", Iannone looks back on her 1967 trip to Iceland, where she first met Dieter Roth. The “journey which seems to have made all other journeys possible”, as she calls it, commences when her ship arrives at Reykjavik: Iannone, her husband James Upham and Fluxus artist Emmett Williams are greeted by Roth, who is carrying “a very fresh fish, wrapped in newspaper” under his arm.

Finissage & reading