two evenings of poetry, cocktails and a workshop on the construction of the we.
Brussels, Poppositions, April 21st-22nd
Place Royale/Koningsplein 6, 1000 Brussels
W.E. A public program in the frame of Poppositions curated by Hana Miletić and Daniel Blanga Gubbay produced by Aleppo and Poppositions
Friday April 21st 6PM Opening Words 6.30PM line up by Mama's Open Mic x Warrior Poets Loucka FireGun / Mahina N. Muela / Gauthier de Booseré / Reneil Bakole / Lisette Ntukabumwe / Ifrah Yusuf Hosted by Miss Elli (Mama's Open Mic) Cocktail Support Ginger G & Simply Vee and music by Wild Combinations Crew
Saturday April 22nd 5PM White Privilege, A Workshop for Beginners, with Maria Guggenbichler * (in English) 6.30PM Side Room Manifesto (words by Amal Alhaag and Maria Guggenbichler, voice and visuals by Emilio Martinez Poppe) Elephant in the Room cocktails by Maria Guggenbichler
We invite you to conclude our program by joining us to the debate De mond gesnoerd - Bâillonné.e.s at Le Space (Rue de la Clé 26 Sleutelstraat, 1000 Brussels) at 7.30PM.
* Although (because) they’re the inventors of white supremacy and also the experts in profiting from it, white people are also specialists in not knowing whiteness – hence ‘for beginners.’
In the aftermath of last US election, Rosi Braidotti released Don't Agonize, Organize, a short text inviting to a form a reaction. Hidden in the primary incitement of the text, Braidotti sets a crucial point: the affirmation of right wing populism has as collateral effect the production of a solid 'we' ('we have to do something!'), that yet only some seem to define.
What happens in pronouncing and creating a 'we', and implicitly including in it people that did not have their voice in defining it? What exclusion is reproduced when the pronoun is so neutrally used, in the arts and beyond it? By starting from the title of this edition of Poppositions, and re-appropriating a central venue in Brussels, this program opens two evenings filled with reflections, poetry, cocktails and a workshop on the construction and implications of the 'we', reclaiming the affirmation of a multitude of subject.