Since last year, the Free School of Kunstenfestivaldesarts is a project dedicated to the sharing of practices and artistic experiments for forms of knowledge. By bringing together different formats, it aims at creating a temporary, open and accessible school. The health crisis generated by the pandemic has forced many, in pedagogical, work or artistic contexts, to exchange information remotely. More than being a novelty however, remote transmission has always existed for diasporic communities, where archipelagos of identities have been historically – and are still today – kept alive by sharing from a distance. From one letter a month, to one audio-cassette a year; from one phone call a week, to a video-message a day. With The Diasporic Schools, Kunstenfestivaldesarts commissions and presents six new artistic projects, from artists reflecting on the heritage and the present they relate to. Each of them develop an artistic project based on new forms of circulation of knowledge in diasporic contexts, and transmission as a political and empowering tool. An online video-club to share films of family moments with the Palestinian diaspora; a school to collective re-write the history of Rwanda from the inside, and through poetic sources; a platform to allow political conversations between Cubans in the island and in the diaspora; a series of conversations on minerals and extractivism as a form of non-human diaspora. Each artistic project of The Diasporic Schools functions as a class, creating, through an open call, a selected group of participants related to the question, and based anywhere in the world, including in Brussels. The Diasporic Schools generate as well an online public program, with the artists involved, and accessible to all. In the time of pandemic, The Diasporic Schools strengthen existing bonds, and the possibility of learning in the diaspora and from it, and reflect on the history, politics and future of distant conversations.
The project will take place as a series of meetings in October 2020. More information on each project at the end of July. Application for each project will be online at the end of August.
Yael Bartana, Tania Bruguera, Samah Hijawi & Reem Shilleh, Bouchra Khalili, Otobong Nkanga, Christian Nyampeta.
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Date and time
Thu 01 October — Sat 31 October