A Soul in the Eye
Including both diasporic and african voices, this program introduces us to the topics of exclusion and discrimination from the pan-african point of view. Dealing with racism, skin colour or invisibility of the body, it brings attention to these pressing issues, while exploring unconventional forms and narratives.
Starting from the atrocity of colonization and what it leaves behind in its wake, the program reflects on discrimination and stigma. In a global society that is built on the exploitation of the other and yet is still dominated by stereotypes of supremacy, violence is today permanently repeated when evoking the “other”.
As a shared path towards equality and acceptance of «self» and «other», the program questions prevailing discrimination of our societies. The title A Soul In the Eye is inspired by the pioneering work of Zozimo Bulbul, where the struggling body is staged, in search of freedom, in order to exist and to be worthy. Above all the discrimination and violence (enslavement, colonization, capitalism), the muted and stigmatized body embodies and owns a soul.
Most of the videos emphasize a negotiation between the body and the social space. Starting from the historical and dystopian perspective in Kinshasa, touching race issues in Africa today, until the wander of black bodies in western urban spaces; the selection highlights the idea that the body is the centre of gravity from which an energy and a sense of community radiate.
Artists use performative devices that put into perspective the definition of oneself and of being in the world: an emotional quest for survival and beauty, which take into account all the contradictions and violences of our societies. How do stigmatized or invisibilized bodies exist in the face of injustice, inequality and racism?
Artists relate these questions to the action of bodies, in a sense of affabulation, regeneration, resilience, self-affirmation or loss of identity. While hearing poems and whispers, watching eyes and mirrors, the faces put on masks in quest of recognition and identity. The body – or its representation – constantly reinvents itself in order to catalyze a shift in perception. Is there a distinction between identity and otherness? There is no possible answer but a cinematic journey through hybrid works by talented artists from Africa and the Diaspora.