Contra la Raza [Against Race] Live Programme

Sala Azcona, Cineteca | Intermediae, Matadero Madrid

The Contra la Raza [Against Race] exhibition evokes futuristic imaginaries expressed through poetics of the Black experience, generating new forms of global and egalitarian humanism. This live programme invites you to meet some of the artists participating in the project. This proposal, curated by Katherine Finerty in collaboration with Raúl Muñoz de la Vega, takes as its departure point the exhibition curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose and The Showroom, London for the last edition PHotoEspaña. Join us to take part in a programme including screenings, conversations and performances, and revisit the exhibition in Nave 0 which will stay open until the end of November.

Contra la Raza [Against Race] questions how imagery in audiovisual formats communicates from a global Black and Pan-Africanist perspective. Inspired by the eponymous book by British historian Paul Gilroy, Against Race: Imagining Political Culture Beyond the Color Line (2000), the live programme of events will address the fundamental role played by decolonial and anti-racist movements in the historical and contemporary fight for human rights, appealing to our collective consciousness to advocate for the establishment of a new planetary humanism.

The live programme will include:
Larry Achiampong: Relic Traveller Series Screening & Online Talk on Friday 29 October 7–9pm CEST | Sala Azcona, Cineteca
The first-ever screening of Larry Achiampong’s full Relic Traveller series to date, accompanied by an online artist talk with Curator-at-Large Katherine Finerty exploring decolonial narratives about identity, migration, technology and agency.

Taxidermy of The Future Project Screening & Talk on Saturday 30 October 12–2pm CEST | Sala Azcona, Cineteca
Project screening and conversations Taxidermy of the Future curated by Bruno Leitão and Paula Nascimento, bringing together works by artists Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba, and Mónica de Miranda that dissect persistent spectres in both European and African societies (Commissioned and produced by FAS – For Arts Sake)

Collective Geopoetics Screening & Artists Talk on Saturday 30 October 5–7pm CEST | Sala Azcona, Cineteca
Artist talk Collective Geopoetics with Contra la Raza Curator Elvira Dyangani Ose and artists Sally Fenaux Barleycorn and Heidi Ramírez, moderated by photographer and professor Rubén H. Bermudez highlighting Spain-based artist collectives through works by

Belinda Zhawi: SOUTH X SOUTH EAST Performances
Saturday 30 October 8–8:30pm CEST | Intermediae, Matadero
Sunday 31 October 12–12:30pm CEST | Intermediae, Matadero
Performances of SOUTH X SOUTH EAST by Belinda Zhawi combining poetry and sound to explore the emotional landscape of youth migration whilst interrogating what it means to forge identities based on geographies

Live Programme Website

Live Programme Brochure

This live programme accompanies the project Contra la Raza [Against Race] at Matadero Madrid 3 June - 28 November 2021, originally part of the framework of PHotoESPAÑA 2021 proposed by Guest Curator Elvira Dyangani Ose. This multidisciplinary initiative incorporates a video-based installation and live programme appealing to our collective consciousness to advocate for the establishment of a new planetary humanism.

Exhibition website

Above Image: Larry Achiampong, Reliquary 2, 2020. Character design and animation by Wumi Olaosebikan, commissioned by John Hansard Gallery, courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London. Contra la Raza [Against Race], installation view, Matadero Madrid, 2021. Courtesy of Matadero Madrid and The Showroom, London. Photo: Lukasz Michalak
Grada Kilomba, Illusions Vol 1, Narcissus and Echo, 2017, courtesy of the artist.
Sally Fenaux Barleycorn. Unburied, 2019. Photo: Alice Brazzit
Belinda Zhawi, SOUTH X SOUTH EAST, performance documentation, 180 The Strand, London, 2019. Courtesy of the artist, The Showroom, and Prada.
Images: Belinda Zhawi, SOUTH X SOUTHEAST performance, Contra la Raza [Against Race] live programme, Cineteca Madrid, 2021. Courtesy of Matadero Madrid and The Showroom, London. Photos: Lukasz Michalak


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