The Body’s Legacies Pt. 2: The Postcolonial Body

    19/05  | 19:00
    20/05  | 21:30
    21/05  | 19:00

€ 8 / € 6
50 min

Kader Attia’s film essay explores the concept of the racialized body, and its perception within public space. Four different perspectives presented by intellectuals and activists develop a narrative around the subject of the racialized body. How is the body shaped by history, present politics, economy and architecture? By zooming in and out between personal account, individual experience and sociological analysis, the narration brings a particular story to light: the assault on the young Théo Luhaka by police officers in a Parisian suburb, February 2017. Bringing together the different experiences of his interviewees, Kader Attia dissects – in a lucid and almost surgical way – how the legacy of colonial violence and the stratification of racism affect the self-perception of the body and have a physical impact on the way of moving and inhabiting the public space. The Body’s Legacies explicitly opposes the regular discourse on racism as it is generally presented in the media, where voices speak about the body of others, as the mute objects of their discourse.

See also: Talk: The body: conquests and resistance
21/05 – 20:00
Free entrance
With: Olivier Marboeuf, Mireille-Tsheusi Robert and Yassine Boubout
In collaboration with: Black Speaks Back

See also: Free School: The Politics of Sexualit

A film by: Kader Attia
With: Norman Ajari, Amine Khaled, Olivier Marboeuf and Louisa Yousfi
Surtitling: Babel Subtitling

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Cinema Palace
With the support of the French Institute and the French Embassy in Belgium, in the frame of Extra

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Kader Attia (b. 1970, France), grew up in Paris and in Algeria. Preceding his studies at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and at Escola Massana, Centre d’Art i Disseny in Barcelona, he spent several years in Congo and in South America. The experience with these different cultures, the histories of which over centuries have been characterised by rich trading traditions, colonialism and multi-ethnic societies, has fostered Kader Attia’s intercultural and interdisciplinary approach of research. For many years, he has been exploring the perspective that societies have on their history, especially as regards experiences of deprivation and suppression, violence and loss, and how this affects the evolving of nations and individuals — each of them being connected to collective memory. His socio-cultural research has led Kader Attia to the notion of Repair, a concept he has been developing philosophically in his writings and symbolically in his oeuvre as a visual artist. With the principle of Repair being a constant in nature — thus also in humanity —, any system, social institution or cultural tradition can be considered as an infinite process of Repair, which is closely linked to loss and wounds, to recuperation and re-appropriation. Repair reaches far beyond the subject and connects the individual to gender, philosophy, science, and architecture, and also involves it in evolutionary processes in nature, culture, myth and history. In 2016, Kader Attia founded La Colonie, a space in Paris to share ideas and to provide an agora for vivid discussion. Focusing on decolonialisation not only of peoples but also of knowledge, attitudes and practices, it aspires to de-compartmentalise knowledge by a trans-cultural, trans-disciplinary and trans-generational approach. Driven by the urgency of social and cultural reparations, it aims to reunite which has been shattered, or drift apart. In 2016, Kader Attia was awarded with the Marcel Duchamp Prize, followed by the Prize of the Miró Foundation, Barcelona, and the Yanghyun Art Prize, Seoul, in 2017.

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