The fifth edition of our discussion series Politics of Love is an extension of a previous discussion topic touched on in the performance festival Save Your Soul. In that discussion we spoke of letting go — of the pain, of the past — and exorcising discordant stories that possess our bodies and haunt our daily lives. This talk goes further and explores how letting go of the specters of trauma can be accompanied with accountability. In this discussion we ask who are we — as artists, as individuals, as institutions and as community — responsible to?
On stage, in textual practices, as well as in visual mediums, the current zeitgeist of the art world is obsessed with the vulnerable and asking hard, personal questions. But we must be aware that therapy is messy; to heal wounds is to conjure demons. How deeply does the stage allow us to look into our subjectivities, how they affect us, our choices, those around us, and the earth? How do we hold each other as community when the image invoked in the mirror of our practices threatens to destroy us? The special circumstances of minority communities and their place within the arts community will be a focal point. This evening, we will be joined by a panel of activists, artists, and academics invested in community-based practices and healing wounds through closure and acceptance.
MONILOLA ILUPEJU is an artist and writer living and working in Berlin. She graduated from New York University in 2018 where she studied Studio Art and Social and Cultural Analysis, which focused on the intersections of race and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, philosophy, sociology and political science. She is an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Class of 2018.
ZANDER PORTER is a visual artist, performer and curator from Los Angeles, who is currently based in Berlin. He graduated in Art Studio from Wesleyan University with additional attentions in Computer Science and Performance Studies. In his artistic work, Porter employs media such as photography, digital media, performance and video. His work is based on his interest in social and collective vs. individuated identity in the digital age. He is interested in virtual and physical spaces of roleplay, especially embodiment and disembodiment.
DJIBRIL SALL is a dancer, performer and writer currently based in Berlin. In 2016 he graduated from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) with a BA in dance. Since 2013 he takes part in several projects as a performer and/or dramaturge in the USA and Germany. Sall was an artist in residence in the Loam, NY in December 2016. In 2019 his most recent piece Go To Hell premiered at SomoS Berlin as part of Vorspiel Dance Festival.
NICOLE STANTON is a dance artist, educator and activist currently serving as the Dean of Arts and Humanities Wesleyan University and is an Associate Professor of Dance, African American Studies, Environment, and Performance. Her work centres on the cultures and histories of the African Diaspora and the ways in which dance serves as a site of reclamation and resistance.
CONCEPT Joy Kristin Kalu, Djibril Sall HOST Djibril Sall GUESTS Monilola Ilupeju, Zander Porter, Nicole Stanton
Politics of Love #5 is supported by Diversity Arts Culture and the Wesleyan University. The catering will be provided by be'kech Anti-Cafe. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung