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BE.BOP 2012 Black Europe Body Politics, Mai 4-6, 2012, 10 am - 6 pm, Ballhaus Naunynstraße

Between 4-6 Mai 2012, 10 am - 6 pm, ArtLabourArchives in cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung and Ballhaus Naunynstraße Ballhaus Naunynstraße present BE.BOP 2012- BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS. Curated by Alanna Lockward, BE.BOP 2012- BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS is an international screening program and transdisciplinary roundtable centered on Black European citizenship in connection to recent moving image and performative practices. It will take place at the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, a translocal theatre space which serves as point of arrival for artists from (post) migrant communities and beyond, founded in 2008 by Shermin Langhoff with the support of Fatih Akın. AfricAvenir is a Media Partner of BE.BOP.

The framework of this meeting is circumscribed within decolonial theories which expose how the idea of citizenship is linked to current racializing configurations and hence with the limits of humanity. In that sense, the racial hierarchy of human existence, originating in the Renaissance and prescribed legally during the Enlightenment, established current (white-male-heteronormative-Christian-Western) European notions of who is Human and who is lower in that hierarchy, thereby designating citizenship, one of the most important legacies of modernity. The time-based positions discussed at this meeting have been selected because they contest (racializing) fantasies on European citizenship. 

By means of analyzing these narratives of re-existence, BE.BOP 2012 aims at facilitating a long-term exchange between specialists in disciplines unrelated to visual arts and time-based art practitioners of different contexts of the BlackEuropean Diaspora. The idea is to create multiple dialogues across the fields of history, legal studies, theatre, art and political  activism.

This meeting is motivated and theoretically embedded to Decolonial Aesthetics and more specifically to Decolonial Diasporic Aesthetics, a term coined by curator, Alanna Lockward. BE.BOP 2012 has been presented in different screening-forum formats at Duke University, Universidad de Cádiz, Matadero Madrid and the Dutch Art Institute and has enabled lively discussions from multiple perspectives and contexts. Future presentations this year include the University of KwaZulu-Natal as well as the 11 Havanna Biennial and Goldsmiths University of London.

In the spirit of the transformative and liberating qualities of performance art, this event is free and open to the public. 


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