October 29, 2017
After two semesters comprising fourteen artistic workshops and lectures, weekly legal and psychological counselling, ten sessions of job training and countless Italian language classes, the Green light participants are cordially inviting the public to their last, festive event on October 29. The program includes a screening of films produced during the workshop and a lecture and discussion with Olafur Eliasson and two guests – Nira Yuval-Davis and Charl Landvreugd – whose ideas have been crucial for the project.
For decades Nira Yuval-Davis has traced the development of autochthonic politics, which she defines as “a racializing discourse that … uses origin, culture, and religion as signifiers of immutable boundaries” with a focus “on spatial and territorial belonging” that polarize between those within a group, a nation, or a culture and those outside. Charl Landvreugd – a Dutch artist, curator, and researcher of the African diaspora – conceives of cultural identity as a construct (including ethnicity and expected social status) and advocates for an epistemological rethinking of creole subjectivity. Landvreugd, himself perceived as racially African, ethnically South American and culturally European, imagines space as a subjectivity and subjectivity as a space and calls for an “understanding of creole cultural multiplicity that is enriched by diasporic life in continental Europe”. Landvreugd invited the Green light participants to investigate the notion of “Europeanness” through the lens of the black body and to consider to what extent the Green light workshop has been unfolding in this framework over the past few months.
In the course of the closing event, the Green light participants will, together with artists, curators, and theorists, explore the notion of autochthony and reflect on the new models of communality that unfolded in the course of the workshop.
Screening of the films produced during the workshop with the Italian film collective
ZaLab with an introduction by the Green light participants.
Lecture and panel discussion
with Olafur Eliasson, Nira Yuval-Davis, and Charl Landvreugd