Green light – An artistic workshop
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FINNISAGE @ 57rd Biennale di Venezia with Olafur ELIASSON

 

The program kicked off with an artistic workshop by Charl Landvreugd on Saturday. Charl – a Dutch artist, curator, and researcher of the African diaspora – invited the 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. 

 

 

Continuing these investigations, the program on Sunday was dedicated to the urgent topic of autochthonic politics and affiliated issues including belonging, community and identity as well as several presentations and interventions by the Green light participants.

 

 

The afternoon commenced with welcoming words by Olafur and Zubaida (a participant from the first semester) followed by the screening of the video “Letters from Venice” that GL participants had created in the course of the film workshop led by the Italian film collective ZaLab. Following individual elaborations and explanations by the authors of the distinct sequences (by Marie-Laure, Ali, Frank, and Amiyao together with Michele from ZaLab), the discussion was gradually directed towards a collective review and evaluation of questions such as Where are we now? Has the Green light project had any impact on my understanding of the Other? What impact has the project had on me? What am I taking with me? It was wonderful to see how participants like Paul, Zubaida, Asad, Faye, etc. took very powerful and divergent stances exceeding the conventional answer of “it was nice”. 

 

 

After this, Nira Yuval-Davis held a key-note lecture on autochthonic politics that was truly accessible for everyone, not least since she was able to prescind from academic jargon and spontaneously reconfigured her lecture with a excursion into her current research of everyday borders. After a brief Q&A, Charl and the participants shared several thoughts and ideas that had come up during the workshop: the idea of subjectivity as a space and space as a subjectivity, the notion of home and a migrant's often daily negotiation of identity in the dilemmatic realm of domestic life with family and national culture. 

These elaborations together with Nira’s previous key-notes were subsequently taken up in the final discussion between Olafur, Charl, Nira, and the participants. Concluding the program, GL participants Akam and Lamin presented their hip hop song “We are all the same” and got everyone into the mood for the aftershow party at F30.