Decolonial Daughters: How coloniality destroys family - On art, migration, decolonization and empowerment
Weekend with Yong Sun Gullach and Lesley-Ann Brown
Lesley-Ann Brown is a writer & educator from Brooklyn whose parents hail from Trinidad and Tobago. She currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark. Brown blogged for over 10 years at the now-retired critically acclaimed “Blackgirl on Mars: Notes on a Life in Copenhagen (or how my alienation brings me closer to people)”. Her work has appeared in several anthologies including In Defense of Mumia (Writers & Readers, 1996) and Expat: Women’s True Tales of Life Abroad (Seal Press, 2002). Brown began as a contributor to magazines such as the Source and Vibe magazines. Her work focuses on themes of gender, race, sexuality and migrations. You can read samples of her most recent work at www.blackgirlonmars.com. Brown is a contributor at NBCBLK and her Decolonial Daughter will be published by Repeater Books (London) in 2018.
Yong Sun Gullach is a performance artist born in 1967 in Seoul, Korea. She has lived in Denmark since 1970. Since 2012 she has focused her artistic practice in a hybrid between film, performance art, installation and poetry. Her main themes investigate disruptions and disorientation as she unfolds the aesthetics of the expressions and narrations that are embedded in-between the body, the spoken word and the perception of the audience.
Yong Sun Gullach holds an MA in Literature from University of Copenhagen and an MA in Visual Communications form New School University, New York and has lately been curated to the Master Class in Art Writing at the Center of Literature, Århus. She has within the last 3 years performed at EVA International Biennial “Still (the) Barbarians / Miami International Performance Festival / Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami /Gallery Soma Berlin / Art Space West Germany Berlin / Art Space PB43 Copenhagen / Vis a Vis Art Collective – VAVAC Copenhagen / FLAB Festival Copenhagen / Novam Artem Dome of Vision Copenhagen / Koroot Culture Event Seoul Korea / Gallery Galopperiet Copenhagen / Slagtryk Festival Copenhagen / Bornholms Kulturuge Nexø / Odd Fellow Palæet Copenhagen / Gallery North Copenhagen / Art Space DaDaPost Berlin. Artist practice statement “I do not construct reality – my body is reality” Yong Sun Gullach is a Korean-Danish artist and activist operating at the boundaries of performance, poetry, film, music, noise, installation art and activism. Her works investigates the space between the political, human and artistic expressions offering no translations nor explanations blurring the lines between cultures, stereotypes and language. When text meets body and space it unfolds complex dimensions. The investigation of the co-creation between artist and spectator – leaves traces and creates an impact on the other person’s memories and understanding of the dialogue that is being presented. By evoking basic feelings in the other – a portal for communication opens in her art where words, sounds and visuals creates singular exchanges without limitations nor control. Her performative investigations add a textuality of flesh and time. The artists body in space and time blends what cannot be captured but only absorbed, in a single unique space continuum for each spectator. Side by side is the row of performance actions presented in the moment offering a social interaction with the spectator not to be duplicated nor repeated.
Friday 17 February
18:30 - 22:30 FREE Join the reading group! (reservation is compulsory)
How to use art as a tool of decoloniality?
Art as resistance/reclaiming space/place-making/intersectionality
How to use your art to create your space
How to use art to empower your space
gender & migration
Reflections on being an artist of color
Presenting artists of inspiration
Migration/coloniality as disruptive agents in family structure
Family in western context as a tool of oppression
Saturday 18 February
18:30 - 23:30 30 euros p.p. (max.20 people)
18:30 - 20:00 Raw-vegan dinner.
20:00 - 21:00 Reading w/Lesley-Ann Writer Lesley-Ann Brown will present a selection of various writings, including work from her upcoming 2018 memoir ‘Decolonial Daughter’ (Repeater Books).
21:00 - 23:30 Conversation with Lesley-Ann, Yong Sun and people present at the table and some of the people form the reading group.
Sunday 19 February
17:00 - 22:00 40 euros p.p. (max. 20 people)
17:00 - 17:30 Welcoming and recapitulation of previous evening.
17:30 - 18:00 Live performance “Re-enacting the Transnational Adoptee” by Yong Sun Gulch
18:00 - 19:30 Raw-Vegan dinner
19:30 - 20:30 Discussion on topics such as: Art as activism and breaker of the linear norm, transnational adoption as a colonial system, identity as a memorial reconstruction, the use of a semiotic versus a phenomenological body with Lesley-Ann Brown and Yong Sun Gullach.
20:30 - 22:00 Conversation with Lesley-Ann, Yong Sun, visitors and reading group members.
For reservations please contact us at email@example.com or call 020 22 31 440.
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Looking so much forward!
Love and Blessings,
La Casa de Barro