May 17, 2017

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


"The Great Court," World Conference on the UN Decade for Women, University of Nairobi, 1985. From "Forum '85 NGO Planning Committee Final Report: Nairobi, Kenya." © International Women's Tribune Centre Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College.

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 and testimonies from the history of feminist struggle in Belgium and beyond. Within that struggle, the categories of race, gender and class continue to be thoroughly intertwined, and by focusing on these intersections the project wishes to extend its scope beyond Western, white feminism.

Posters, letters and photographs from public archives provide insight in selected historical and local contexts, such as the Dolle Mina movement from Ghent, co-founded by Chantal De Smet, who held the position as the first female head of KASK / School of Arts from 1989 to 1996, or FORUM ’85, the alternative conference of women’s movements and NGOs taking place alongside the official UN world conference on women in Nairobi. In addition, 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 works from a postcolonial, transnational or politically emancipatory context. The project’s title refers to the 2009 lecture of the same name by Gloria Wekker, a renowned Surinamese Dutch feminist scholar.

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power is organized by KIOSK and KASK / School of 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. The project is curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Wim Waelput.

Selection public program:

Chapter 4: A Short History of The Future: June 1, 7pm
Lecture performance Afrogalactica II: The Black Star Chronicles by Kapwani Kiwanga

Chapter 5: Feminism through a decolonizing perspective: June 7, 7pm
Lecture and conversation between Amandine Gay and Po B.K. Lomami

Chapter 6: Muslim feminism in Belgium: June 16, 7pm
Evening organized with Sophia vzw/asbl with keynote, panel discussion and slam poetry

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