SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

ourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS at SOAS

Date: 25 November 2017Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 25 November 2017Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Suite and Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Symposium

On November 25, 2017, the Centre for African Studies and Ifeanyi Awachie, founder of AFRICA SALON, will present ourselves + others: african feminist re-CREATIONS at SOAS, a contemporary African arts festival.

Inspired by Nigerian scholar Obioma Nnaemeka’s theory of nego-feminism - a strand of African feminism - the festival will offer a unique mix of intellectual and performance-oriented programming. Centering women and nonbinary artists of African ascent, ourselves + others will feature cutting-edge visual art, feminist theory, creative entrepreneurship, salons, live music, an afterparty, and more. The curated art and conversations will explore feminism, silence, and the body.

Embracing nego-feminism’s strategies for representing African artists, resisting right-wing politics, and challenging monolithic views of Africa, ourselves + others is at once a timely intervention into the current political moment, an embodied exploration of critical theory, and a distinctive and decidedly contemporary new addition to London’s African festival scene.

For admission (and other rewards), please donate to our crowdfunding campaign: A donation of at least £5 counts as your registration for the event.



1pm-9pm Suite Registration
1pm-9pm Suite 'Digital exhibition.
A visual conversation between high-profile artists based on the continent. Featuring Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Siwa Mgoboza, Sethembile Msezane, Rehema Chachage, Lebohang Kganye and others TBA. Imported into SOAS via screens, their photography explores feminism, silence, and the African female body. Curated by Raquel Villar Pérez, Centre of African Studies.
1pm-6pm         Suite Creative Market.
Members of a new creative class, young African and Caribbean creatives from SOAS and beyond are obeying their artistic urges and crafting innovative forums for culture, film, music, and more. Both a fair and exhibition, Creative Market will present conceptual installations by London’s black and African platforms. Experience the brands you follow on social media in 4D, chat about making space for black and African culture, and find inspiration for your own creative route. Featuring special guest Roundtable Journal.
2-3pm Suite Salon.
Afternoon tea and practical exploration of black and African feminisms fueled by Awino Okech, SOAS Centre for Gender Studies and Minna Salami, Founder, MsAfropolitan
4-5pm Suite Workshop.
Hosted by African literature aficionados Afrikult., this contemporary literature session will present new theory on female poets and authors currently working in London through  interactive activities, artist talks, and performances
6-9pm BGLT Concert.
The esteemed Brunei Lecture Theatre will transform into a concert hall, serving up vibey, show-stopping, and party-starting acts (to be announced)
10pm-2am TBA (Venue outside SOAS) Afterparty.
Embracing the nego-feminist practice of acting for  “ourselves and others,” the festival will partner with a local  black-oriented club night to provide a space for embodied participation in contemporary African and diasporic music

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