Peggy Gemerts, founder of Full Color Entertainment, asked me to co-host a series of conversations about and inspired by Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust. For the panel at Eye I invited Patricia Kaersenhout and Lynnée Denise; in Bijlmer Parktheater Gloria Holwerda-Williams, Ola Hassanain, Tracian Meikle, Marly Pierre-Louis and Alida Aurora graced the stage. Part 3/3 of this series will be co-organized with Concrete Blossom and takes place at LantarenVenster on Friday August 18. For this event Mahutin Awunou, Fatima al Nuur, Dana Saxon, Chandra Frank and Bouba Dola will join us. The conversation in Rotterdam will be moderated by Malique Mohamud and me.
19:00h – Introduction by Dana Saxon and Bouba Dola.
19:15h – Screening Daughters of the Dust.
21:15h – Panel with Mahutin Awunou, Fatima al Nuur and Chandra Frank. The conversation will be in Dutch.
22:30h – End of the evening. Indeed, leaving plenty of time to catch all your busses, trams, metro’s, etc.
After the screening, we’ll move to the foyer of LantarenVenster where our panel will discuss the movie and what it showed them with regards to resistance, alliances, intergenerational conversations, ancestral memories, archives + current conversations about belonging, ownership and migration.
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That friend you sometimes hang out with…the one who tries to convert you to colourblindness, dismisses intersectionality, thinks oppression is a matter of sensitivity and believes representation doesn’t matter because there’s only one race and that’s the human race? Tell them we’re sold out.
“We, a group of cultural professionals, artists and activists, draw attention to the disjunction between the stated criticality of Witte de With, a Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, and its failure to acknowledge its entanglement with colonial violence. Witte de With has “failed” to come to terms with its own internal contradictions, and has yet to reckon with the historical figure it symbolically embodies. Even though our critique is directed at Witte de With, it extends well beyond this institution’s white walls. The issues we address are endemic within major “critical” cultural institutions in the Netherlands.”
The coming weeks Witte de With, Rotterdam’s center for contemporary art, is hosting a series of panel discussions and shows. Oh, WdW… just when you thought ‘doing critical work’ would just be a fun little event. Something to add to your relevance, to make you seem ‘edgy’. Project? Nah, we’re coming for your profile.
Two shots in the atmosphere for Egbert Alejandro Martina, Ramona Sno, Hodan Warsame, Patricia Schor, Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler who initiated and wrote this letter.
Click here to read the full letter. You can still sign it if you agree.