Feminist Memory: Digging the Black Archives

Still from Susan Walsh, Images and Conversations from the 1980s (2011). Courtesy the artist and Making Histories Visible.
Still from Susan Walsh, Images and Conversations from the 1980s (2011). Courtesy the artist and Making Histories Visible.

Feminist Memory: Digging the Black Archives is part of Perspectives – a series of public and discursive events programmed by Amal Alhaag alongside the exhibition Embodied Spaces curated by Christine Eyene at Framer Framed in Amsterdam.

Feminist Memory: Digging the Black Archives is a discursive event on the representation and presence of black women in institutional and unconventional archives with artist Ope Lori (UK), researcher Emma Dabiri (UK) and Professor Nana Adusei-Poku (NL/DE).

Archives are more than ever present and accessible to art practitioners and the public alike. However seemingly apparent institutional concerns for accessibility and transparency do not always equal visibility for all. What does this mean for the women whose presence in society’s collective memory bank is either erased or barely of value? How can feminist archival research go beyond finding and showcasing women of the past and simultaneously situate themselves in relation to their own positionality?

For this gathering, the concept of ‘digging the crates’ will be applied to (non-)institutional archives. The guest speakers will share their findings, perspectives and thoughts with the audience to spark a conversation on remembering, presence and absence, or ways to make space for untold histories in existing archives. The journey of digging in the archives also intersects with underground cultural productions, artists and practices that are unmarked, erased or left out of historicization in art, culture and society.

About the speakers:
Ope Lori is one of Embodied Spaces participating artists, Emma Dabiri is a visual sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths, and teaching fellow at the Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London, Nana Adusei-Poku is Research Professor in Cultural Diversity at Hogeschool Rotterdam and Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of the Arts, Zurich.

Feminist Memory: Digging the Black Archives
Tuesday 07 July 2015 20:00
Framer Framed
Tolhuistuin
IJpromenade 2
1031 CC Amsterdam

Free event

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