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.
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.
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.