Fighting Racist and Gendered Imagery with Black Feminism by Collectif Afro Swiss and PostCit

In her analysis of images that wound, the intersectional theorist Kimberly Crenshaw claims that stereotypical images of women of colour in popular culture “function to create counter-narratives to the experiences of women of colour that discredit our claims and render the violence that we experience unimportant.” (Crenshaw 1994) Our participatory workshop proposes to explore black feminist interventions that analyse, denounce and resist racialized and gendered imagery. We will discuss texts, sounds, or images of black wom@n or of wom@n of color who have principally worked in or on European racisms such as May Ayim, Audre Lorde, Helga Emde, Maryse Condé or Cecile Emeke. By discussing together this material, we would not only like to better understand how racist and gendered imageries affect us, but also design practical and rhetorical tools for fighting them in our everyday lives.

Kala Tara: The Asian Youth Movements in Britain by Anandi Ramamurthy

This media literacy workshop includes a screening of 2007 documentary Kala Tara: the Asian Youth Movements in Britain and discussion about lessons to be learned from the experience of the 1970s and 80s for contemporary anti-racist struggles.

Using Design & Branding in Resistance Movements by Arjan Braaksma

In recent years social designer Arjan Braaksma has become involved with the anti black Pete (Zwarte Piet) movement in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. As with commercial communications, design can help bringing clear messages across in activism. Arjan will analyse the design aspects of the anti-black Pete protest signs that he introduced in 2015. In the second part of the workshop participants will be challenged to design their own protest sign concepts. Make sure to bring your activism, personal story and most of all your creativity to class. 

Ancestors UnKnown by Dana Saxon

Racism is defined by the key concept of power. Power to control, power to educate, power to maintain that power. Those who initiated (and maintain) the globally dominant ideology of white supremacy were well-aware that their power would be fleeting without the careful oppression of each individual’s personal power. Among countless structures of social, political and economic control, a subtle form of oppression took shape that has gone largely overlooked in discussions of social change and political revolutions – stolen identities. After hundreds of years with the enforced belief that our histories and identities have been virtually erased, the notion goes relatively unchallenged. Today, young people sit in history classes to learn only from the perspective of European “victors.” We hope that participants leave this workshop with an understanding that challenging and dismantling traditional history education is a form of resistance that targets a deeply imbedded, but often overlooked form of historical and modern oppression.

A Sint You Want by Gloria Holwerda and Thomas Kortvelyessy

“A SINT YOU WANT: Sinterklaas in the 21st  Century” engages performance and politics, and interventions to change the ‘traditional’ appearances of  ‘holiday’ figures Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (similar to Black Pete/sambo/golliwog) in Holland. Saying this, intervention also aims to challenge contemporary portrayals of blackface, the predominate ‘white male’ portrayals of Sinterklaas and similar figures. A SINT YOU WANT: Sinterklaas in the 21st Century, Begun in 2010 by multidiscipline artist, G. Holwerda, is on-going collaborative projects which include; public performances, posters, and “Sint en Piet” free coloring book with drawings by international artists.