Talks / Workshops

Water No Get Enemy

Rotterdam Art Week, Netherlands
11 Feb 2016 - 14 Feb 2016

Water No Get Enemy

Image © sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, 2014

A series of conversations, sounds, words and performances from the belly of the beast. Who is drawing the borders? Who’s visible? Who’s crossing the line? Whose sky is the limit? In a world obsessed with the ideas of interior and exterior borders, private and public, inclusion and exclusion: Water has no enemy!

With contributions from Helen Zeru, Barby Asante, Theresa Cisneros, sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, Maria Guggenbichler, Urok Shirhan and Léon Kruijswijk

Water No Get Enemy is a stage, an archive, a conversation, an ongoing experiment that unfolds over four days, and intends to work upon an alternative form of reflecting, addressing and exploring the geopolitics of knowledge in contemporary art and culture.

The series of conversations, performances and soundpieces showcase artistic perspectives, practices and discourses that experiment with alternative construction of histories, biographies, languages and realities. Departing from Donna Haraway’s concept “elsewhere”, Water No Get Enemy tries to (dis)locate, re-imagine, creolize or find a somewhere, a place of connection, of embodiment, and of responsibility for an elsewhere that we may yet learn to see and build.

Water No Get Enemy offers an opportunity for a diverse group of artists, thinkers, academics, activists musicians and conversationalists to come together, collaborate and compare their working practices and their concerns with regards to the current global, social, political and economic conditions around the representation of passport, gender, border and body politics.

Water No Get Enemy is curated by Amal Alhaag and realized in collaboration with Barby Asante, and is part of Framer Framed at Art Rotterdam: Intersections, Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam

February 10th: Narrating Biographies
-sorryyoufeeluncomfortable: Baldwin’s Nigger Reloaded (Baldwin’s preview: 12.30 pm & 6:30 pm)
19:00 – 20:00. Conversation on “Narrating Biographies” between Barby Asante, Theresa Cisneros (Agency For Agency). Moderated by Amal Alhaag (7pm till 8pm)

February 11th: Narrating Biographies
13:30. sorryyoufeeluncomfortable: Baldwin’s Nigger Reloaded.
Conversation on “Narrating Biographies” between Barby Asante, Theresa Cisneros (Agency For Agency) and sorryoufeeluncomfortable moderated by Amal Alhaag.

February 12th: Re-imagining the Futures
-Ongoing screening of “Re-Imagining the Futures” by artist Urok Shirhan.
16:00. Conversation on “Re-imagining the Futures” with Urok Shirhan. Moderated by Léon Kruijswijk.

February 13th: Borderline Queer Color of Critique
13:00. Ongoing performances by sorryoufeeluncomfortable
14:00 – 16:00. Conversation between sorryoufeeluncomfortable and Maria Guggenbichler.

February 14th: Elsewhere is Somewhere near Nowhere
13:00 – 14:00. Performances by sorryoufeeluncomfortable (1pm- 2pm)
15:00 – 16:00. Performance by Helen Zeru  (3 pm- 4 pm)
16:00 – 17:00. Conversation between Helen Zeru, sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, Barby Asante moderated by Amal Alhaag (4pm-5pm)

Amal Alhaag


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