Exil·s & Création·s
Featuring: Members of the steering committee of the Exil·s & Création·s project, members of the Voix des sans papiers de Bruxelles (VSP BXL) and the Voix des sans papiers de Liège, the Comité des femmes sans papiers, VSP Liège, the Baraka Grafika collective, the Ecoles Supérieures d'Arts Saint-Luc & ERG, undocumented and documented artists.
21.09.23 | 10h
Duration: The whole day (10-18h)
Day of Reflection
10h – 16h (discussions) + 16h – 18h (screenings)
For: Undocumented and documented artists, cultural, arts and social professionals, activists allied with the struggle for undocumented migrants.
TW Mentions and shares experiences of institutional violence, racism, sexism and classism in arts and cultural venues.
The Exil·s & Création·s project emerged from a series of undervalued or missing things from the art world that were identified by members, artists and non-artists alike from the Voix des Sans Papiers de Bruxelles and the Comité des Femmes Sans Papiers: A feeling of disappointment with the content, form and dissemination as related to the topics of exile and migration. An overly utilitarian approach to the subjects despite numerous requests to artists (individuals, groups, students) and associations (cultural, social, continuing education, etc) to better address these topics. The need for persistence among some artists in engaging in aesthetics and representations of struggle, retaliation, and resistance based on their own imaginary worlds due to academicism, racialism, humanitarianism, and emotional impediments, not to mention the difficulty of conveying the methods used in fighting against related issues within activist circles, the precariousness of the economic means of undocumented collectives, the lack of time and incessant urgency, the loss of energy, etc.
What stories are (not) being told? How can we go beyond what is proclaimed as fact and what is denounced? What fictions are possible to create? What ethics should be applied in dealing with the involved parties? Who is allowed to speak, to report? What are the appropriate dissemination and production methods? What is a critical perspective in context? Can failures be passed on? What is strength and power? What are the prospects for the archives of the future?
These are some of the issues that will be addressed throughout the event. The day is open to professionals working in the performing arts field and cultural sector, among others, from artists to mediators. The struggle of undocumented migrants is at the heart of the event, but it is of course difficult to separate this from its context meaning gender, class and anti-racism will also be explored.
Following this day of discussions and discourse, film screenings will take place from 16h30 to 18h in the presence of several directors allied to the struggle of undocumented migrants.