The Kissing Mask is inspired by one of ruby onyinyechi amanze’s drawings titled: that low hanging kind of sun, the one that lingers two feet above your head, (never dying) house plants in exchange for your freedom…orchids in exchange for your love, who are you kissing, when you kiss a mask? The Kissing Mask reconnects the ‘artifact’ to the present moment by proposing an intimate act between artist, mask and viewer.
2:30 pm Discussion with the performers
3 pm Lecture by Eva Barois De Caevel:
“Acting Decolonially – From Adrian To Zora – Black Women Performing” (EN)
An art history journey through works by Black African, American, and European women artists from the 20th and 21st centuries whose « performances » (in a broad sense) disrupted colonial thought. Starting with Adrian Piper and her « Calling Cards », ending with Zora Neale Hurston and her dance stagings, meeting Grace Jones’s boldness on the way.
3:30 pm Coffee break
4 pm Kathy-Ann Tan and Wura-Natasha Ogunji in conversation:
“Perfomance, Masking and ‘the limits of empathy and identification’” (EN)
In the framework of the exhbition „Every Mask I Ever Loved – Wura-Natasha Ogunji“
Event held in English.