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A Woman in Silver

48h woman silver salber williams

Eine afrofuturistisches Performance-Video, in dem der weibliche Körper Frantz Fanons Schilderungen zum schwarzen Bewusstsein in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft untersucht.

Eine Frau durchläuft anstrengendste Bewegungen. Ihr futuristischer Kopfschmuck greift auf die Ikonografie zeremonieller Ereignisse in Simbabwe, dem Herkunftsland der Künstlerin, zurück: ein postkolonialer Staat, in dem die sozialen Folgen des institutionalisierten Rassismus immernoch virulent sind.

Die Frau umgibt eine lärmende Klanglandschaft mit einer Stimme, die Teile aus Frantz Fanons „The Fact of Blackness“ spricht. Die Worte „erinnern an eine zerstückelte Vergangenheit, um das Trauma der Gegenwart zu verstehen“. Die Stimme gehört zur Vergangenheit wie zur Zukunft und dient so als Erinnerung an die psychologischen Mechanismen, die ihren Blick auf und ihr Verständnis von sich selbst hervorgebracht haben.

Sa, 15. Juni:

*15 Uhr  *16 Uhr  *17 Uhr

So, 16. Juni:

*14:30 Uhr  *15:30 Uhr

An Afro futuristic audio visual performance in which the female body explores Frantz Fanon's depiction of black consciousness in the past, in today, and in the future.

A woman sits on a chair. As time passes, she cycles through poses demanding a great deal of physical strength. She wears a tin-foil headdress, a futuristic garment drawing on the icon of those worn during ceremonial occasions, specifically in Zimbabwe—a post colonial state still dealing with the social repercussions of institutionalized racism; the country from where the artist comes. Beside her, rests a speaker. It emits a manipulated voice sharing excerpts from the revolutionary Frantz Fanon, in his seminal essay, "The Fact of Blackness". In this piece of writing he “re-remembers and puts together a dismembered past to make sense of the trauma of the present”. The voice belongs to both history and to the future; locating its exact position in time is an impossibility. It is coupled with percussive rhythms to create a larger soundscape of an imagined fantasy futuristic world.

The piece juxtaposes the icon of an unbreakable woman of color and the overwhelming reminder of the psychological mechanism through which she has been conditioned to see and understand herself. With the added impossibility of being unable to locate time, but yet with a clear futuristic aesthetic, "A woman in Silver" digs deeper into black consciousness in the past and in today. It is the "Future Perfect Continuous Passive"; a loop back between progress, regression, protest and passivity. How far have we actually moved? How much further can we move? Using Afrofuturism as a model for understanding the need to represent African bodies in imaginings of the future, the piece shouts out, “I am here, I have been here, and I will be here tomorrow! Now notice me, and listen to me.”

June 15, 2019:

* 3 pm * 4 pm * 5 pm

June 16, 2019:

* 02:30 pm * 03:30 pm


In unserem Kunstraum finden jährlich 8-10 wechselnde kuratierte Ausstellungen statt. Das Spektrum unseres Projektraums reicht dabei von Malerei über Fotografie hin zu Skulptur, Installation und Multimediakunst.

Jule Böttner & Jason M. Benedict


Since the WerkStadt was founded in an abandoned pharmacy in the summer of 2008 we have had events of all kind including concerts, theater, poetry slams, silent disco, lectures, meetings, and of course wild parties.

During the Covid-19 lockdowns we were busy renovating that abandoned pharmacy for the umpteenth time... this time with a small stage. We are always looking for new event formats so please contact us if you are looking for somewhere to experiment and find an audience.

Silvia Cojocaru & Judith Rohleder