SYMPOSIUM: CREATING SARAH / POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION OF THE BLACK (FEMALE) BODY

avril 25 2015

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.

Programme

11:00 am 
Welcome by Dirk Snauwaert

11:10 
Letter to Saartjie
Legacies of stigmatization and stereotyping 
Koyo Kouoh

11:40
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

12:20
They Called Her 'Hottentot'
A brief history of black buttocks in contemporary art: mourning, pride, and over-identification
Eva Barois De Caevel

13:00
Being the Black Body
Exhibition-making as a self-representational narrative
Elvira Dyangani Ose

13:30 
Q & A


25.04.2015, 11:00-14:00
4th Floor
5 €

Photo credit : Tracey Rose, Venus Baartman, 2001, lambda photograph 119 x 119 cm, courtesy Dan Gunn, Berlin and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

WIELS, Centre d'Art Contemporain
Av. Van Volxem 354, 1190 Bruxelles