ourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS at SOAS
SOAS university of london
november 25, 2017
Does the Africa you know - the clothes, food, ideas, music, and culture - not match the continent you see represented in academia, the media, and elsewhere? Do you look around your university or workplace and wonder where you’re represented? Do you know the danger of a single story?
A new contemporary African arts festival is here to change the narrative. Step insideourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS at SOAS
What is this all about?
Inspired by Nigerian scholar Obioma Nnaemeka’s theory of nego-feminism - a strand of African feminism - ourselves + others will offer a unique mix of intellectual spaces, performances, and community. You’ll experience cutting-edge visual art, philosophize on black feminisms and literature, meet London’s black creative platforms, dance to live music, alkayida at our afterparty, and so much more.
For us, nego-feminism is about challenging monolithic views of Africa, resisting right-wing politics, and empowering black communities. ourselves + others will transform SOAS into a space where we put this ethos into practice through art and conversations, all while centering women and nonbinary artists of African ascent.
Why are we doing this?
Because we believe Africa deserves diverse, positive, and contemporary representation. Because we want more spaces where African artists and communities can come together and experience each other’s creative labor, questions, and expression. Because we want to share the latest critical thought on contemporary African arts and culture, and also offer you a really good time.
If you help us reach our goal, we promise to serve up a festival to remember. If it’s a hit, we’ll have the chance to bring this kind of event to SOAS - and maybe another London space near you - year after year.
Give what you can, support African creativity, and come through!
What's happening at the festival?
Digital art exhibition. A visual conversation between high-profile artists based on the continent. Featuring Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Siwa Mgoboza, S ethembile Msezane, Rehema Chachage, Lebohang Kganye, and others TBA. Imported into SOAS via screens, their photography explores feminism, silence, and the African female body. Curated by Raquel Villar Pérez, Centre for African Studies
Creative Market. Both a fair and exhibition, Creative Market will present conceptual installations by London’s black and African platforms. Experience the brands you follow on Insta in 4D, chat about making space for black and African culture, and find inspiration for your own creative route. Featuring special guest Roundtable Journal
Salon. Afternoon tea and practical exploration of black and African feminisms fueled by Awino Okech, SOAS Centre for Gender Studies and Minna Salami, Blogger, MsAfropolitan
Workshop. Hosted by African literature aficionados Afrikult., this contemporary literature session will present new theory on female poets and authors currently working in London through interactive activities, artist talks, and performances
Concert. The esteemed Brunei Lecture Theatre - where the likes of Wole Soyinka have taken the stage - will transform into concert hall, serving up vibey, show-stopping, and party-starting acts plus Q&A sessions with the artists. Featuring sound artist Xana and more acts TBA
Afterparty. Embracing the nego-feminist practice of acting for “ourselves and others,” the festival will partner with a local black-oriented club night to provide a space for embodied participation in contemporary African and diasporic music