We want to warmly invite you to IS ID ALL – VOIDS, the final presentation of the Kültür Gemma projects of Nicole Alecu de Flers and Belinda Kazeem- Kamiński. In conversation with Janine Jembere, we will be sharing about our research projects and artistic strategies of dealing with text.
When: 4th of December, 2017 starting from 7 pm
Where: We Dey x Space, Kandlgasse 24, 1070 Wien
There will be food and drinks, donations go to We Dey x Space.
IS ID ALL Nicole Alecu de Flers
(Written) text has a powerful influence on public perception and reception, as it can make certain positions visible and others invisible. Especially printed and published texts are considered to be important conveyors of knowledge. However, this narrating and sharing of knowledge often happens at the expense of positions that are outside the norm, especially with regard to race, gender and sexuality. In order to challenge these in/visibilities, this presentation is based on a broader notion of what text/language is and how it works that goes beyond a narrowly defined textual, literal level. By working with text and language visually and by using strategies from the field of conceptual art, I present new possibilities to shift and shape in/visibilities.
Nicole Alecu de Flers is a political scientist (PhD), founder and director of the publishing house Zaglossus, interdisciplinary artist and university lecturer focusing on Queer, Gender and Postcolonial Studies.
VOIDS Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński
In the tension between white, male knowledge production, the non-existence of direct sources and the recurring feeling of flashbacks, as a memory of something, that one hasn’t experienced, but that haunts and keeps on coming back, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński deals with the (in-)visibility of Black history in Austria. How to deal with the voids in the archive? How to think about Blackness in a country, where the majority of the population would state, that there is no colonial heritage? In her presentation, the artist tries to negotiate ways of dealing with the voids in the archive and the flashbacks in the everyday. Beyond wishes for a smoothing of and the longing for resistance stories, artistic strategies of dealing with archival material will be discussed, as a way to come to terms with what is under the surface – invisible to many, impossible to shake off for others.
Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński is a writer and artist living in Vienna/Austria. Grounded in Black feminist theory, she is interested in memory, trauma and Black radical imagination.