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Curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose and part of the Official Section of PHotoEspaña 2021, Contra la raza [Against Race] evokes contemporary and futuristic imaginaries that advocate, through stories and poetics of the Black imaginary, different forms of a global and egalitarian humanism.
Avoiding a single linear narrative that transcends pre-established limits and ideas in terms of how race, identity or territory is conceived, this exhibition primarily uses moving images to tell a multiplicity of stories that create a constellation of personal, historical, real and imagined scenarios in which different narratives concerning blackness will generate a common liminal space based on different notions of solidarity. It is inspired by the eponymous book by British historian Paul Gilroy, Against Race: Imagining Political Culture Beyond the Color Line (2000), which addresses the fundamental role played by anticolonial and antiracist movements in both the historical and contemporary struggle for human rights.
Nave 0 will host a multimedia installation of Relic Traveller by Larry Achiampong, alongside a group screening loop of seventeen audiovisual works by artists Ramone Anderson, Rubén H. Bermúdez, Sally Fenaux, Amartey Golding, Jérôme Havre, Julianknxx, Katia Kameli, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba, Mónica de Miranda, Nástio Mosquito, Paulo Nazareth, Heidi Ramírez, Sara Sadik, Berni Searle, Cauleen Smith, Camille Turner and Belinda Zhawi. This group of international artists all explore ideas of identity politics from a geopoetic perspective – from the individual to the collective, the domestic to the spectacular.
Contra la Raza [Against Race] is curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose in collaboration with The Showroom, London, with Co-Curator Katherine Finerty, and supported by Raúl Muñoz de la Vega. It is presented at Matadero Madrid with partners Cineteca Madrid, Associação Cultural Videobrasil and Taxidermy of The Future.
Larry Achiampong. Video still from Relic 2, 2017. © Larry Achiampong. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Courtesy, Copperfield, London