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Show Me Your Archive
And I Will Tell You
Who Is In Power

27.04—16.06.2017

The exhibition and public program, featuring both archival material
and newly commissioned art works, trace the beginnings of a transnational
and intersectional perspective in Belgian feminism and beyond 

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 beginnings of a transnational and intersectional perspective in Belgian feminism and beyond. 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 La 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 and feminist Françoise Vergès.

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power is curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Wim Waelput and 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.

program

Show me your archive
and I will tell you
who is in power

Program

THURSDAY, April 27
Chapter 1: Who is speaking?
Representation and non-representation in (art) politics today

19:00
1.1. La conférence des femmes, Naïrobi '85
Screening of film about FORUM '85 by Françoise Dasques

Screening of La conférence des femmes, Naïrobi 1985 by Françoise Dasques, introduced by Paola Bacchetta.
* FR, 1985, color, English and French spoken with French subtitles, 60'29"

20:30
1.2. 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 conversation you are invited for a small drink.



FRIDAY, May 5
Evening opening exhibition

18:00 - 22:00
Evening opening with guided tour

KIOSK will be open until 10 pm and there will be a guided tour in the exhibition Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power at 7:30 pm (free).



THURSDAY, June 1
Chapter 4: A Short History of The Future

19:00
Lecture performance Afrogalactica II: The Black Star Chronicles by Kapwani Kiwanga


Posing as an anthropologist from the future, artist Kapwani Kiwanga reflects on some major themes in Afrofuturism and their role in the development of the United States of Africa Space Agency. Plunging into the past to retrieve archives of popular culture, she uses science fiction to make projections about the future.

*The event will be held in English

Live reading is with video projection, 40', 2013-ongoing

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).



FRIDAY, June 16
Chapter 6: Muslim feminism in Belgium and secular liberal constraints

19:00
Evening organized with Sophia vzw/asbl


6.1. Keynote by Iman Lechkar
6.2. Panel discussion with Fatma Arikoglu (Ella vzw), Nella Van den Brandt (Religiewetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht) & Samirah Saleh (slam poet), moderated by Sophie Withaeckx (RHEA (VUB) & Sophia)
6.3. Slam poetry performance by Samira Saleh

*The event will be held in Dutch

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).

FRIDAY, April 28
Opening exhibition

20:00
Opening and reception

With new works by contemporary artists Marwa Arsanios, Saddie Choua, Amandine Gay, Kapwani Kiwanga, Ato Malinda, Eva Olthof and Study Group for Solidarity and TransActions. Documents and testimonials from public archives Amsab-ISG and AVG-Carhif and accompanying contributions by Evelyne Axell, Françoise Dasques and Nicole van Goethem.



THURSDAY, May 4
Chapter 2: Op de thuisblijvende vrouw uitgekeken

19:00
2.1. Conversation between 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.
* Freely translated as "having had/seen enough of the housewife".

This conversation will be held in Dutch.

20:30
2.2. Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
Screening of film by Chantal Akerman

Screening of Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles by Chantal Akerman, 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”.
BE, 1975, color, French spoken with English and Dutch subtitles, 201 min.

This evening is in collaboration with KASKcinema
Tickets: €5 (standard) / €3 (reduction: students, unemployed, 65+, HoGent & UGent staff, teachers, alumni HoGent & UGent)
Reservations: [click here]



WEDNESDAY, May 31
Chapter 3: On Cahiers du Grif

20:00
Lecture

Lecture by Mara Montanaro about Cahiers du Grif, with a special focus on Nr. 29 L'Africaine: Sexes et Signes , to shine a light on its importance within contemporary theories in the field of postcolonial- and decolonial feminism.




WEDNESDAY, June 7
Chapter 5: Speak Up/Make Your Way: Black women reclaim the narrative

19:00
2.1. Introduction by Amandine Gay,
2.2. Screening of Ouvrir la Voix by Amandine Gay
2.3. Q&A with Amandine Gay and Po B.K. Lomami

A conversation between Amandine Gay, artist and author of the documentary Ouvrir la Voix (2017), and Po B.K. Lomami, protagonist of the film and manager of socio-artistic projects and queer activist, about feminism and decolonization in France and Belgium.

*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).



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9000 Gent

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Image: "The Great Court," at the opening ceremony of the World Conference on the UN Decade for Women, University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1985.
From “Forum '85 NGO Planning Committee Final Report: Nairobi, Kenya”. Copyright Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College (Northampton, MA).