Symposium: Creating Sarah / Politics of Representation of the Black (Female) Body

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A panel in the framework of the exhibition Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists

These four lectures are conceived to discuss the curatorial and analytical concepts that led to the organization of Body Talk. It addresses the complex legacies of the representation of the black body pervading societal interaction globally and the mythological construction of black female sexuality. It also addresses the passions and contradictions that surround the subject. The over-determination of the African female body through the discussion will situate the genealogy of such constructions and examine the relationship between enduring stereotypes and strategies of liberation through political and social movements, and through art and curatorial practice.


11:00 am
Welcome by Dirk Snauwaert

Letter to Saartjie
Legacies of stigmatization and stereotyping
Koyo Kouoh

Sarah Baartman: Epistemologies of Empowerment
Pointing towards crucial questions in the representation of the black female body: how do these bodies talk? What do they say? How are they talked about?
Frieda Ekotto

They Called Her 'Hottentot'
A brief history of black buttocks in contemporary art: mourning, pride, and over-identification
Eva Barois De Caevel

Being the Black Body
Exhibition-making as a self-representational narrative
Elvira Dyangani Ose

Q & A

25.04.2015, 11:00-14:00
4th Floor
5 €
In English