Press Release

Communist Bigamist, 2010. Vaginal Davis + Susanne Sachsse. Graphic design by Nebojsa Tabacki.


BE.BOP 2013. Black Europe Body Politics

May 19*, 2013, 10 am – 8 pm

Hackesche Höfe Kino in cooperation with AfricAvenir


Ballhaus Naunynstraße

May 20-21

10 am – 5 pm Roundtable in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Free and open to the public

May 20-22*

8 – 10 pm Performances by Jeannette Ehlers, Teresa María Díaz Nerio, Quinsy Gario, Raúl Moarquech Ferrera Balanquet and Ingrid Mwangi Robert Hutter

May 23*

10:30 – 12 pm Vaginal Davis performance-lecture

Curator: Alanna Lockward

After its outstanding debut last year, this new edition of the series BLACK EUROPE BODY POLITICS is expanding with live performances and an all-day screening commemorating Malcolm X´s birthday at the Hackesche Höfe Kino, in cooperation with AfricAvenir.

DECOLONIZING THE “COLD” WAR is the first Afropean performance showcase and will be accompanied by roundtable discussions on the aesthetic legacy of the Black Power movement in the radical imagination of Diaspora artists. Parallel to this, its influence in liberation and decolonization struggles in the Global South during the so-called “Cold” War will be approached from the continuities of coloniality. According to Enrique Dussel, a liberation philosopher and decolonial thinker, this war was never “cold” in the Global South.

We are witnessing a kind of global revivalism on documentary material on the Black Power movement (a good example is the release (2011) of Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, by Göran Olsson) and dozens of seminars and conferences are mushrooming all over Europe on the so called “Cold” War. In these hegemonic narratives the global South is usually considered as a mere recipient of Western imperialism.

During this festival, the story will be told from the perspective of the self-affirmation of Black Power. The emblematic figure of Angela Davis created a planetary movement of solidarity that went beyond the term “Black Internationalism”. These narratives of re-existence will be analyzed in relation to Frantz Fanon´s fundamental role in global South liberation struggles during that period. His interactions with Jean-Paul Sartre will be the focus of some of these unprecedented debates. The worldwide solidarities resulting from the Black Power movement united people beyond racialization and political agendas. BE.BOP 2013 celebrates a paradigm shift that transformed the Black Body into a source of inspiration and beauty prevalent until today.

The festival takes place in English.

A Project of Art Labour Archives + Ballhaus Naunynstraße

In cooperation with AfricAvenir + Heinrich Böll Sitftung

Alanna Lockward + Curator

Walter Mignolo + Advisor

Artwell Cain (Netherlands+St. Vincent) + Vaginal Davis (Germany+USA) + Teresa María Díaz Nerio (Netherlands+Dominican Republic) + Gabriele Dietze (Germany) + Simmi Dullay (South Africa+Denmark) + Moritz Ege (Germany) + Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark+Trinidad) + Jihan El Tahri (Egypt+South Africa+France) + Cecilia Gärding (Sweden+South Africa) + Quinsy Gario (Netherlands+Curazao) + Adler Guerrier (USA+Haiti) + Neil Kenlock (England + Jamaica) + Grada Kilomba (Germany+Portugal+São Tomé e Principe) + Adetoun Küppers-Adebisi (Germany+Nigeria) + Raúl Moarquech Ferrera Balanquet (Cuba+Mexico+USA) + Karen McKinnon (England+USA) + Mekonnen Mesghena (Germany+Eritrea) + Dannys Montes de Oca (Cuba) + Ingrid Mwangi Robert Hutter (Germany+Kenya) + Pascale Obolo (France+Cameroon) + Horace Ové (England+Trinidad) + Robbie Shilliam (England) + Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (Rumania) + Caecilia Tripp (France+Germany) + Rolando Vázquez (Netherlands+Mexico)



Center for Global Studies and the Humanities +IDEA. Arts + Society

Transnational Decolonial Institute

Media Partners

AFROTAK TV cyberNomads  +Reboot FM + Uprising Art + Afrikadaa


May 19, 2013, 10 am – 8 pm

Hackesche Höfe Kino in cooperation with AfricAvenir

Day Ticket: 16 €
Single Ticket for each of the 4 Sessions/Film: 7,50 €
Discount via Berlinpass, Gildepass, Heavy User Card, Filmreihe-Pass

(Further information:

Tickets and Information
030 283 46 03

Hackesche Höfe Kino
Rosenthaler Str. 40/41
10178 Berlin

We have enough space in the cinema therefore reservations and online purchase are more flexible. Online screening program with synopsis and artists biographies can be found on the website of our cooperation and media partner AfricAvenir: as well as on our catalogue:

May 20-21, 10 am – 5 pm

Roundtable in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Free and open to the public

Online pre-registration is mandatory. Please register here:

Ballhaus Naunynstraße

Naunynstrasse 27

10997 Berlin


May 20-22, 8 – 10 pm

May 23, 10:30 – 12 pm

14/8 €

Ballhaus Naunynstraße

Tel. +49(0)30 / 754 537 25

Only phone reservations. Ballhaus Naunynstrasse does not guarantee any reservations made via email. On the days of the event, the counter is open from 17.30 onwards. To buy tickets online for the performances go to the monthly program of Ballhaus Naunynstrasse : At the top, after each performance title, there is a KARTEN KAUFEN link, click there to proceed with your purchase. Further down you can find the English and German synopsis of each performance as well as the artists biographies. Due to capacity limitations we could only offer discounted tickets for selected guests. These tickets are already sold out. For those participants that have further inquiries please contact Alanna Lockward on her usual address. You can also find the performances synopses and artists biographies in our catalogue:

© Alanna Lockward 2012



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