27 January
    Watch the Replay Day 2

  • Learning (Décolonisations)

    18:30-19:30 - Film - Episode 1
    Film
    FRA/BEL | 2020 | 52mins | dir.s Karim Miské, Marc Ball & Pierre Singaravélou | In English
     
    A three-part documentary series, Décolonisations brings a new understanding of colonisation through the point of view of the colonised. Made over several years and using a trove of archival footage and sound, each episode highlights the role of famous and lesser known figures who, from Asia to Africa, have organised their own form of resistance to the empire. From the Indian rebellion of Cipayes in 1857 to the trial of the Mau Mau descendents in Kenya in 2013, this impressive work gives us a renewed understanding of the struggles of women and men often ignored by history books, who changed the course of history in their own community.
     
    Episode 1: Learning (L’apprentissage)
     
    From the 1857 Sepoy Rebellion to the astonishing Republic of the Rif put in place between 1921 and 1926 by Abdelkrim el-Khattab in Morocco, the first episode, L’apprentissage (Learning), shows that resistance, in other words decolonisation, started even before the conquest itself.

     
    £2 | ⏯️ Watch it online on 27 Jan

    In partnership with Arte
     



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  • Old Empires and New Umpires

    19:35-20:35 - Debate
    A half-century of post-colonial studies has enshrined the idea that empires have essentially undermined societies around the world and left psychological scars that may never heal. Contemporary anti-imperialists construe colonial empires as historical singularities that mankind has a moral duty not to replicate. Yet, aren’t we witnessing a rebirth of imperialist temptations whose raison d’être seems more acceptable only because they are the product of new regional powers?

     
    With

    • Pierre Singaravélou, Historian & Professor of contemporary history, Sorbonne University
    • Samir Puri, Senior Fellow, Singapore’s International Institute for Strategic Studies
    • Olivette Otele, Professor of history of slavery and memory of enslavement, University of Bristol

    Chaired by Natalya Vince, Historian & Reader in North African and French Studies, University of Portsmouth



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  • Liberation (Décolonisations)

    20:40-21:35 - Film - Episode 2
    Film
    FRA/BEL | 2020 | 53 mins | dir.s Karim Miské, Marc Ball & Pierre Singaravélou | In English
     
    The second episode of the Décolonisations docu-series, Liberation (La Libération), is that of confrontations taking place between 1927 and 1954, whether through the words of the Algerian writer Kateb Yacine who, at 15, discovers, with the 1945 Sétif Massacre, that the new French Republican values are unequally applied, or that of poet Sarojini Naidu, close to Gandhi, who will see her dreams of fraternity fall apart with the bloodbath of the 1947 partition of India. Thus a wave of resistance emerges, leading to the independence of almost all colonies in the 1960s.
     

     
    £2 | ⏯️ Watch it online on 27 Jan

    In partnership with Arte
     



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  • The World is Ours (Décolonisations)

    21:40-22:35 - Film - Episode 3
    Film
    FRA/BEL | 2020 | 52mins | dir.s Karim Miské, Marc Ball & Pierre Singaravélou | In English
     
    This third episode of the Décolonisations docu-series, The World is Ours (Le Monde est à nous), presents us events and characters active between the era of independence and that of post-colonies, between 1956 and 2013. It opens with the words of renowned French psychiatrist, philosopher and activist Frantz Fanon, who will go underground and join the National Liberation Front during the Algerian war of independence.

     
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    29 January
    Watch the Replay Day 4
    4:15 : Looking at Others
    59:48 : Different Together
    2:05:27 : Closing Concert: Angèle David-Guilloux

  • Looking at Others

    18:00-19:00 - Debate
    The history of art can be read as an objectification of women, not only in one of its major tropes – the nude, always understood as being a naked woman; but also in its designations of greatness. As we fight against structural stereotypes, what new representations, narratives, and relationships are emerging? How do we understand them and each other? How is the “female gaze” that we can now experience in some contemporary works of art revolutionary?

     

    With

    • Fatoş Üstek, Curator, Author & former Director of the Liverpool Biennial
    • Laure Prouvost, Visual Artist
    • Camille Morineau, Art Curator & Co-founder and Director of AWARE (Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions)

    Chaired by Hilary Robinson, Professor of Feminism, Art, and Theory, Loughborough University



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  • Different Together

    19:05-20:05 - Debate
    Racial discrimination has been an awful part of European history. Successive waves of national emancipation and progressive laws have slowly built a theoretically inclusive society of equals, regardless of race or origin. However, aren’t Africa and the people (wrongly or duly) associated to it still objectified in European discourse, be it artistic or political?

     

    With

    • Éric Baudelaire, Artist & Filmmaker Un Film Dramatique (Prix Marcel Duchamp 2019)
    • Pap NDiaye, Author & Professor of history, Sciences Po Paris
    • Chi-chi Nwanoku, Founder, Artistic & Executive Director of Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra
    • Patrice Naiambana, African Performing Artist & Founder of Tribal Soul Arts

    Chaired by Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Journalist & Columnist for The Telegraph



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  • Closing Concert

    20:10-20:40 - Online
     
    2020 Diaphonique laureate French composer, musician and producer Angèle David-Guillou will close the Night of Ideas with original music from her albums released on Village Green. “I approach instruments lyrically, thinking about the meaning of what’s being said. I need to hear an instrument speaking. I’m always thinking about this as I write music.”
      
    The programme includes:

      Vraisemblance (‘En Mouvement’)
      Anti Atlas (‘Kourouma’)
      L’Enfer C’est Les Autres (‘Kourouma’)
      Forgetting Trees (‘A Question of Angles’)
      Too Much Violence (‘En Mouvement’)

     

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  • “Un film dramatique”

    21:00- 23:00 - Film
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    FRA | 2019 | 120 mins | dir. Éric Baudelaire | in French with EN sub
     
    For four years French artist Éric Baudelaire regularly met with students from the film group at Dora Maar middle school in Saint-Denis in the North of Paris. Compiling individual and communally-made film footage, Un film dramatique – which won Baudelaire the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2019 – features the students’ insights on their young lives. Time for them to grow together, time to find the form of a film in which they would be the true subjects: its characters, its authors and its promise.

     
    £2 | ⏯️ Watch it online on 29 Jan

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