Discussion with Oulimata Gueye

"The arts in Africa and in diasporas" Cycle

Thursday, January 24 2019, at 07:30 pm

Auditorium - Cité internationale des arts
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Seminar organized by Christine Douxami, lecturer at the University of Besançon (IMAF), Sarah Fila-Bakabadio, lecturer at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (MONDA-CENA) and Dominique Malaquais, researcher at the CNRS (IMAF).
Carlo Celius, CNRS Research Officer (IMAF), Anne Doquet, IRD Research Officer (IMAF) and Éric Jolly, CNRS Research Officer (IMAF) are participating in the seminar.



Photography credits: Untitled (portrait of Bienvenu Nanga, Mega Mingiedi and Eléonore Hellio, Kinshasa 2013) © Sean Hart

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Oulimata Gueye is an exhibition curator and works on digital cultures. Among her fields of investigation, she develops Africa sf, on the place of science on the African continent and the potential of fiction as a space and tool for analysis and projection; Afrocyberfeminism, on racialization and gender issues in digital technologies; and Non-Aligned Utopias, on African initiatives that think about technologies and sciences from a perspective of non-alignment with dominant models and the reappropriation of means of action.




This seminar proposes to reflect on the driving roles of artistic forms, practices and knowledge in the development and circulation of political structures, movements, ideologies and imaginations on the African continent and in its diasporas. Our work will focus on the visual and performing arts in the broadest sense of the term (dance, theatre, visual arts, photography, cinema, music, literature, digital arts...) and will be part of a critical and transdisciplinary approach. Anthropology, history, art history, political science, visual and material cultures, colonial, postcolonial, decolonial and diasporic studies of Africa... will rub shoulders and question each other. The sessions will be structured around presentations by researchers and/or practitioners - artists, cultural actors, activists. Diverse and reflecting a wide range of points of view, the work and approaches presented will have in common that working (on) the intersections between art and politics requires a commitment on the basis of which reflection and theorization are required.


Thematic of the 2018-2019 cycle: Future Africa 
Future or, better still, future. The future of cities, ecologies, gender constructions; the future of technology and science; violence - political, economic, social; hope; the very notions of the future... Thinking, saying, giving substance to these and other related futures from Africa: these are the tasks that plastic artists set themselves through their practices and thoughts.ne.s, filmmakers, performers and writers, philosophers and researchers, curators and cultural activists who will be participating in the seminar in 2018-2019. Committed, indocilious, even radical, the proposals they develop undermine apriori and doxas.

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