Collective Geopoetics Screening & Artists Talk
Saturday 30 October 5–7pm CEST | Sala Azcona, Cineteca
This unique screening and artist talk with Contra la Raza [Against Race] Curator and MACBA Director Elvira Dyangani Ose, Sally Fenaux Barleycorn and Heidi Ramírez, moderated by photographer and professor Rubén H. Bermúdez, highlights Spain-based artist collectives through the works of these two artists. Departing from historian Paul Gilroy’s quest to dismantle racialising and marginalising politics, the Contra la Raza [Against Race] project proposes a poetics for an emerging egalitarianism as a catalyst for holistic cosmopolitan democracy.
Kazimir, Heidi Ramírez, Spain, 2018, 1’, DCP
‘I like to talk about my feelings. And —sometimes— I feel like art. Not exactly like “a beautiful masterpie- ce that needs to be exposed bla bla” more like this smallest meaning of art, the embryonic part, almost monstrous, almost indescribable, larval, without form, full of possibilities.’
Negra, Heidi Ramírez, Spain, 2019, 3’, DCP
Negra has a clear message: Black people are black. We are fed up with euphemisms / labels that hide our skin color, our identity, our history.
Unburied [Insepulto], Sally Fenaux Barleycorn, Spain, 2019, 6’, DCP
The sunrises looking at the sea are now bathed in the blood of bodies unburied in the waters. Migrant’s hopes and dreams drowned. The Mediterranean Sea no longer sounds of waves crashing against the coast, but of cries of despair asking for help.
Above Image: Sally Fenaux Barleycorn. Unburied, 2019. Photo: Alice Brazzit
This live programme accompanies the project Contra la Raza [Against Race] at Matadero Madrid 3 June - 28 November 2021, originally part of the framework of PHotoESPAÑA 2021 proposed by Guest Curator Elvira Dyangani Ose. This multidisciplinary initiative incorporates a video-based installation and live programme appealing to our collective consciousness to advocate for the establishment of a new planetary humanism.
Matadero’s dark, soaring Nave 0 hosts a multimedia installation of Relic Traveller by Larry Achiampong, alongside a group screening of audiovisual works by artists including Ramone Anderson, Rubén H. Bermúdez, Sally Fenoux Barleycorn, Amartey Golding, Jérôme Havre, Julianknxx, Katia Kameli, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba, Mónica de Miranda, Nástio Mosquito, Paulo Nazareth, Heidi Ramírez, Sara Sadik, Berni Searle, Cauleen Smith, Camille Turner and Belinda Zhawi.
3 June - 28 November 2021
Tuesday - Thursday, 5-9pm
Friday - Sunday and public holidays, 12 noon-9pm
Centro de Creación Contemporánea
Plaza de Legazpi, 8
Sally Fenaux Barleycorn is a multicultural and international writer, director, educator and consultant with more than a decade of professional experience in the film industry. Daughter of European and African immigrants, she is mixed race in all the magnitude of the term and does not consider herself from any geographical place, nor does she identify with any nation or flag. She is a citizen of the future. Sally’s work focuses on the great importance that stories have in the construction of social and individual imaginaries, promoting, both with practice and theory, an audiovisual creation that not only represents the world where we live, but the world in which we dream to live. Her resume is made up of work experiences in several positions and all types of productions, from social media content and independent movies, to Hollywood-style mega-productions, and more recently, series for streaming platforms. Fenaux has written and directed a dozen fiction short films independently and for clients, and completed her first feature film in 2021 for Erika Lust Films. Recently, she has also delved into consulting, mentoring and selecting projects for film competitions and festivals, with special emphasis on the urgency of creating a much more diverse and inclusive audiovisual industry. Fenaux is the founder of New Voices New Futures, a collective of filmmakers of the African Diaspora based in Spain and the co-founder of Black Seed Films, an educational online programme with the purpose to equip black creators from anywhere in the world to develop their film and TV ideas.
Heidi Ramírez (she/they) (Dominican Republic, 1997) are a non-binary photographer and video editor who graduated from Realization of Audiovisuals and Shows (2017) and is currently studying Creative Documentary and Contemporary Photography at Fuga Foto in Barcelona. Among their projects are: the video edition of the audiovisuals of the play BlackFace by the company No es país para negras, and the visuals for the performance Black Guiris by Yvonne Gonzalez. Their work focuses on the self-portrait as a representation mechanism and how the sensorial inhabits other dynamics of audiovisual creation.
Rubén H Bermúdez, b. España 1981, is a visual artist and author of the book And you, why are you black?. His work has been showcased at different art spaces such as the Reina Sofia National Museum and CA2M Madrid. He’s co-founder of the collective AfroConciencia.
Elvira Dyangani Ose is the newly appointed Director at MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and has been the Director and Chief Curator of The Showroom, London for the past three years. She is currently affiliated to the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada. Until September 2021, she was lecturer at the the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths and previously served as Creative Time Senior Curator, where she curated among other projects the 11th edition of their Summit. She was this year's guest curator of PhotoEspaña, Spain’s major Festival of Photography and Visual Arts. Dyangani Ose was Curator of the eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary art, (GIBCA 2015) and Curator International Art at Tate Modern (2011–2014). She has published and lectured on modern and contemporary African art and has contributed to art journals such as Nka and Atlántica. She studied a Doctoral Degree in History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University, New York; has a MAS in Theory and History of Architecture from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona; and a BA in Art History from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.