BE.BOP 2014:
SPIRITUAL REVOLUTIONS & THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA

 

Exhibitions + Roundtable + Performances + Screenings 

A project of Art Labour Archives and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse with the friendly support of Heinrich Böll Stiftung. Curated by Alanna Lockward in cooperation with the Danish Art Workshops, Network for Migration and Culture and Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre.

BE.BOP 2014 brings resistance into the hallowed grounds of healing by means of retracing the spiritual map of Pan-Africanism before and after the so-called Scramble for Africa. An Afropean sensibility reaches out to gather diverse diaspora cosmologies and spiritual forms of knowing in order to illuminate how this paramount event has shaped the experience of the Black Body in Europe.

BE.BOP (BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS) was established by Berlin-based curator Alanna Lockward in an attempt to create a common discussion of the aesthetics of decolonisation in Europe. With key personnel from the artistic and research-theoretical fields represented around screenings, talks, debates, and performances, BE.BOP challenges trans-colonial relations within art and culture. BE.BOP has been taking place at the post-migrant theatre space Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in Berlin since 2012. This year it includes for the first time a month long exhibition. 

 

PROGRAMME

Thursday May 15th
16:00-18:00: Keynote by Walter Mignolo: Say it Loud!: Re-Existences, Re-Surgences and Re-Emergences, University of Copenhagen, Amager, Auditorium 22.0.1
19:00-21:00: Reception 
at Jeannette Ehlers' exhibition: SAY IT LOUD! at Nikolaj Kunsthal
20:00: Performance by Charo Oquet: Engungu in White - A Celebration of Our ancestors and a Community Spiritual Cleaning, Nikolaj Kunsthal

Friday May 16th: Roundtable at The Danish Art Workshops
10:00-10:30: Welcome
10:30-12:30: Sister Womanist: On Decoloniality and Black Theology of Liberation. Anika Gibbons, Alanna Lockward, Rolando Vázquez. Moderator: Walter Mignolo
13:00-14:15: Spiritual Revolutions and Pan-Africanism: Black Bullets, Blakaman and the Ethiopian Crisis of 1940Jeannette Ehlers, Gillion Grantsaan, Adler Guerrier, Robbie Shilliam. Moderator: Quinsy Gario
14:00-15:30: A Journey Without Distance: Situating Diasporic Meanings. Anne Ring Petersen, Lesley-Anne Brown. Moderator: Patricia Kaersenhout 

16:45: Screening of John Akomfrah's movie The Stuart Hall Project, The Cinematheque, Gothersgade 55, 1123 København K. Admission DKK 75 (DKK 40 for members of The Cinematheque). Get your ticket here.

Saturday May 17th: Performances at Nikolaj Kunsthal
12:00: Performance-lecture by Teresa María Díaz Nerio: Ni 'Mamita' Ni 'Mulatita'
13:00: Performance by Patricia Kaersenhout: Stitches of Power. Stitches of Sorrow
15:00: Performance by Quinsy Gario: A Village Called Gario
16:00: Performance by Héctor Aristizábal: Nightwind

Sunday May 18th: Roundtable at The Danish Art Workshops 
11:00-12:30: Migrating Spirits. Re-existence in Havana, London and everywhere in between. Jane Thorburn, Yoel Díaz Vázquez, Temi Odumosu. Moderator: Robbie Shilliam
12:30-13:30: Healing the Dual Wound: Saint Domingue Diaspora Sibyls in the Continent of Black Consciousness. Sasha Huber, Charo Oquet, Teresa María Díaz Nerio. Moderator: Alanna Lockward
14:30-15:30: Amazones Shooting Back: Revisiting Dutch Colonial Amnesia. Patricia Kaersenhout, Artwell Cain, Quinsy Gario. Moderator: Sasha Huber
15:30-16:30: Is “Neo”-Afrophobia a Scandinavian Syndrome? Re-visiting Nordic Exceptionalism. Mathias Danbolt, Simmi Dullay, Mette Moestrup, Kuratorisk Aktion. Moderator: Gillion Grantsaan
16:30-17:30: Open Mic. Moderators: Alanna Lockward & Quinsy Gario

All events take place in English.

Performances at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre are free with entrance paid (DKK 20).
Roundtable at the Danish Arts Workshops are free and open to the public.

Read more about BE.BOP 2014.

Thursday 15. May 16:00