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 come for a lecture on Cahiers du Grif, the feminist journal that was founded in 1973 by Françoise Collin. Montanaro will also speak about transnational feminism, which can be linked to aforementioned ‘Cahiers du Grif’ because of its writers and topics, which were both reaching beyond Belgium.

‘Cahiers du Grif’ (‘grif’ is for Groupe de Recherche et d’Information Féministes) was the first French-language journal within second-wave feminism. In 1973, led by Collin, the first edition was published. Bearing the title ‘Le feminisme, pour quoi faire?’ (‘Feminism, to do what?’), it questioned the young feminist movement and by doing so introduced a way of reflection within the Belgian second feminist wave. The journal succeeded in stimulating reflection, without being solely theoretical.

Françoise Collin (1928-2012, BE) was a writer, philosopher and feminist, working in Belgium and France. Collin was, next to founder of ‘Cahiers du Grif’, editor of ‘Women Philosophers’ Journal’, the magazine of the international network of female philosophers, supported by UNESCO.

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. In 2016, she published the book ‘Françoise Collin: L’insurrection permanente d’une pensée discontinue’ (PU Rennes).

04.05.17—19:00

#SMYA Chapter 2: Uitgekeken op de thuisblijvende vrouw

film screening & talk
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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: Uitgekeken op de thuisblijvende vrouw

The second chapter of Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power will focus on Second-Wave feminism, with a special interest in the Ghent Dolle Minas.

19:00
Conversation with Chantal De Smet and Jacqui Goegebeur about the Ghent Dolle Minas

From 1989 to 1996, Chantal De Smet was the first, and so far only, woman to be head of the Ghent Academy (now known as KASK/School of Arts). In 1977 De Smet wrote the title words "Op de thuisblijvende vrouw uitgekeken"* in the first of nine LeF-cahiers. Before she started LeF (Leftist and Feminist collective), De Smet took the lead in founding the Ghent Dolle Minas.

Jacqui Goegebeur, Dolle Mina of a later generation, graduated from African studies. Goegebeur was born in Rwanda — her mother black, her father white. After her father died when she was six months old, Belgian authorities took her away from her mother, to an orphanage in Savé (Rwanda), and later to several foster families in Belgium. Unwillingly this not only caused her to be a witness, but also a product of our colonial past. Testimonies of this were published in the book Mixed 2010, of which Goegebeur was the initiator.

20:30
Filmscreening of Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, introduced by film historian Hilde D’haeyere.

In this film, for a little over three hours, we look at a stay-at-home mom. Chantal Akerman made the film at 25 years old, with an all-female crew. Upon its release in 1975, The New York Times called the film the “first masterpiece of the feminine in the history of the cinema”.

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.

film screening & talk
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
20.11.16—11:00

Jérémie Gindre

Finissage & artist talk
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Jérémie Gindre

On this last day of the exhibition Jérémie Gindre invites us for a walk through the temporary campsite he has installed at KIOSK for the past two months. The panoramic autumnal landscape is further expanded through a lecture in which the artist reads from his own literary works and from a number of novels that inspired him in creating 'Kamp Kataloog'.
 
Walk&talk in English
Reading in French

Finissage & artist talk
04.05.16—19:00

Screening room Peter Wächtler

Film screening
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Peter Wächtler, 'Untitled (rat)', video still
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Peter Wächtler, 'Untitled (hobo)', video still
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Peter Wächtler, 'Untitled', video still

Screening room Peter Wächtler

Coinciding with the exhibition, a selection of Peter Wächtler’s animation films will be screened in KIOSK’s side room on April 28, May 4 and May 26, at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm:
‘Untitled (rat)’ (2013, 14’00”)
‘Untitled’ (2012, 8’26”)
‘Untitled (hobo)’ (2013, 11’26”)

KIOSK will be open until 10 PM during the evening openings. There will also be a guided tour of Peter Wächtler's exhibition '9' at 7:30 PM.

Film screening