On June 7, I’ll be discussing with Amandine Gay about her documentary ‘Ouvrir La Voix/Speak Up/Make Your Way‘ dealing with black women experience in France, the need of creation and archives and our decolonial feminist thoughts.
The fifth chapter of ‘Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power’ will comprise of a screening of participating artist Amandine Gay’s film ‘Speak Up/Make Your Way (Ouvrir La Voix)’. The film will be introduced by Gay and followed by a Q&A with Amandine Gay and me, as one of the interviewees of the film and manager of socio-artistic projects and queer activist.
KASKcinema (Godshuizenlaan 4, 9000 Gent)
Facebook : SMYA CHPT 5: Speak Up/Make Your Way
‘Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power’
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 from the history of feminist struggle. Issues of race, gender and class are covered from a so-called intersectional perspective, an approach that works to bring to the fore the combinations of discriminatory practices and the dynamics they engender. The project’s title refers to the 2009 lecture of the same name by Gloria Wekker, renowned Surinamese-Dutch scholar with an established reputation within the transnational and Black European feminist discourse.
The public program wishes to think about how feminism can radically rethink notions such as class, gender and race from a postcolonial perspective. The program starts with a screening of Françoise Dasques’ film La conférence des femmes – Naïrobi (1985) about FORUM ’85, followed by a conversation between Paola Bacchetta (professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley) and French political scientist and feminist Françoise Vergès.
Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power is curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Wim Waelput and organized by KIOSK and KASK / School or 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 with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
In cooperation with Amsab-ISG, AVG-Carhif and Sophia asbl/vzw.
Website : kioskgallery.be/showmeyourarchive
More about ‘Ouvrir La Voix/Speak Up/Make Your Way’
SPEAK UP/MAKE YOUR WAY is a film about francophone European black women from the diaspora. The film will therefore focus on our common experience of discriminations related to those two indistinct dimensions of our identities : “woman” and “black”. The film will deal with the intersections of discriminations, art, blackness in all its expressions and why we choose to reclaim the narrative about ourselves.
“’Ouvrir La Voix’ is a film about francophone European black women from the diaspora. It showcases art performances and compelling storytelling from those who are usually spoken of or spoken for. The film will therefore focus on our common experience related to our minority status in predominantly White ex-colonial countries, while highlighting the great diversity of our Afropean communities. ‘Ouvrir La Voix’ aims at bringing to light our existence at the crossroad of multiple discriminations that go way beyond our ‘black women’ status. ‘Ouvrir La Voix’ is a statement from francophone European black women so as to why we choose to reclaim the narrative about ourselves. We will not be silenced, we will not be erased and we are in charge of our representation.” – Amandine Gay
Amandine GAY is a Montreal-based Afrofeminist filmmaker, activist, and journalist. Following her graduation from the Institute of Political Science in Lyon with a masters in communication, Amandine GAY joined the Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris 16 and began performing in theatre, film and television. Since 2012, Amandine has been working as a screenwriter, making her directorial debut with her documentary, Speak Up/Make Your Way, a feature-length Afrofeminist documentary on European Black francophone women. She is also a contributor to the information website, Slate.fr. Most recently, Amandine authored the preface of the first French translation of bell hooks’ seminal, Ain’t I A Woman. Amandine is currently living in Montreal, completing her second master’s degree in sociology, focusing on transracial adoption. You can follow her in French and English as @OrpheoNegra