The Showroom

Contra La Raza [Against Race]


Within the framework of PHotoESPAÑA 2021, Guest Curator Elvira Dyangani Ose, Director of The Showroom, London, proposes the project Contra la Raza [Against Race] at Matadero Madrid. This multidisciplinary initiative incorporates a video-based installation and live programme focusing on futuristic imaginaries expressed through poetics of the Black experience that generate new forms of global and egalitarian 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.


From October 29 to 31, Matadero will host a live programme of screenings, talks, performances and live music. Amongst the unique screening events is Taxidermies of the Future curated by Paula Nascimento and Bruno Leitão which brings together works by three multimedia artists, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba and Mónica de Miranda.

Contra la raza [Against Race] is curated in collaboration with The Showroom, London, with co-curator Katherine Finerty, and supported by Raúl Muñoz de la Vega. It is presented at Matadero Madrid with partners Intermediae and Cineteca Madrid. The Taxidermy of The Future screening is sponsored by For Arts Sake – FAS.


3 June - 28 November 2021
Tuesday - Thursday, 5-9pm
Friday - Sunday and public holidays, 12 noon-9pm

Nave 0
Matadero Madrid
Centro de Creación Contemporánea
Plaza de Legazpi, 8

Free entrance

Exhibition website


Image: Contra la Raza [Against Race], installation views, Matadero Madrid, 2021. Courtesy of Matadero Madrid and The Showroom, London. Photos: Lukasz Michalak


Exhibition Catalogue

Artists / Artworks Info

Live Programme Brochure

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    Event Contra la Raza [Against Race] Live Programme

  2. Programa-en-vivo-contra-la-raza_51650462410_o
    Event In Madrid: Belinda Zhawi's SOUTH X SOUTH EAST Performances

  3. Sally_fenaux_barleycorn._the_funeral__2019._photograph_by_alice_brazzit_2
    Event In Madrid: Collective Geopoetics Screening and Artists' Talk

  4. Grada_kilomba__illusions_vol_1___2017_courtesy_of_the_artist
    Event In Madrid: 'Taxidermy of the Future' Project Screening and Curators Talk

  5. Programa-en-vivo-contra-la-raza_51649834158_o
    Event In Madrid: 'Relic Traveller' Series Screening and Online Talk with Larry Achiampong & Katherine Finerty