In Madrid: Collective Geopoetics Screening and Artists’ Talk


Sala Azcona, Cineteca Madrid, Spain

This unique screening and artist talk with Contra la Raza [Against Race] Curator and MACBA Director Elvira Dyangani Ose, Sally Fenaux Barleycorn and Heidi Ramírez, moderated by photographer and professor Rubén H. Bermúdez, highlights Spain-based artist collectives through the works of these two artists. Departing from historian Paul Gilroy’s quest to dismantle racialising and marginalising politics, the Contra la Raza [Against Race] project proposes a poetics for an emerging egalitarianism as a catalyst for holistic cosmopolitan democracy.

Kazimir, Heidi Ramírez, Spain, 2018, 1’, DCP

‘I like to talk about my feelings. And —sometimes— I feel like art. Not exactly like “a beautiful masterpie- ce that needs to be exposed bla bla” more like this smallest meaning of art, the embryonic part, almost monstrous, almost indescribable, larval, without form, full of possibilities.’

Negra, Heidi Ramírez, Spain, 2019, 3’, DCP

Negra has a clear message: Black people are black. We are fed up with euphemisms / labels that hide our skin color, our identity, our history.

Unburied [Insepulto], Sally Fenaux Barleycorn, Spain, 2019, 6’, DCP

The sunrises looking at the sea are now bathed in the blood of bodies unburied in the waters. Migrant’s hopes and dreams drowned. The Mediterranean Sea no longer sounds of waves crashing against the coast, but of cries of despair asking for help.

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.


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