Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation
Live programme Against Race
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.
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 opens on Friday 29 with the first-ever screening of Larry Achiampong’s full Relic Traveller series to date, accompanied by an online artist talk with The Showroom, London’s Curator-at-Large Katherine Finerty exploring decolonial narratives about identity, migration, technology and agency.
Saturday 30 will feature a project screening and conversation, 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; and the artist talk Collective Geopoetics with Contra la Raza Curator, MACBA Director 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 these two artists.
On Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 this programme presents in two different sessions the performance 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.