When love in África costs your life

 

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When love in Africa costs your life
A Toxic Lesbian project

 

 

SUMMARY


Subsaharian women, lesbians or not. Asylum seekers, migrants or even European citizens. Women loving women in African countries, where love costs you your life or being raped. In collaboration with human rights defenders organisations as Amnesty International, Merhaba, CEAR, Women’s Link Worldwide or ILGA World and artists, queer, feminists and black women as sudafrican lesbian photographer Zanele Muholi or the queer music group Les Femmes ZiZies from Brussels. Project will take place at Matadero, Madrid, at the artist’s residence at El Ranchito from october to december 2011, as a work in progress art Project: Performances, Vj alive sessions, screenings, music concerts or open dialogues.

 

 

PROJECT


Subsaharian women, lesbians or not, among them some are asylum seekers and some others migrants or even European citizens. Women loving women in African countries, where love costs you your life or being raped. In collaboration with European or Spanish organisations and artists, queer, feminists and black women. Project will take place at Matadero, Madrid, at the artist’s residence at El Ranchito from october to december 2011. When Love in Africa costs your life is conceived as a public and work in progress art project.


This Toxic Lesbian Project’ll be developped through performances, Vj alive sessions, screenings, music concerts or open dialogues that’ll take place at El Ranchito and Intermediae Matadero and others as La Tabacalera Madrid or La Maison Arc en Ciel in Brussels.


Organisations collaborating are human rights defenders as Amnesty International, Merhaba, CEAR, Women’s Link Worldwide or ILGA World, some of them working on refugees or LGBT rights. Artists as urban group from La Tabacalera, Madrid or sudafrican lesbian photographer Zanele Muholi, and the queer music group Les Femmes ZiZies from Brussels. will build the proposal too.


When love in Africa costs your life searches the women’s reality comming from subsaharian Africa. It talks about those who travels until here or these others wich are already in our city. The Project is interested overall on these who were forced to change their countries due to their gender or sexual orientation. When love in Africa costs your life even is interested on these women wich are developping from these realities another kind of feminisms. Toxic Lesbian is collaborating too with many of these women wich affortunately already knows their rigths, that told us tabout heir stories and are building another way on understanding gender, sexual orientation or migrations.


Project searches visual and artistically from gender and sexual orientation perspective for every kind of public. Video art and performance are key elements on the artistic language developped by Toxic Lesbian. Work in progress and public art are two more main referals for the collective. All this aspects are in relation with political position from a feminist and lesbian point of view. This is not creation from and for social minorities but social topics treated in other way.

 

Toxic Lesbian use for this Project web performances screened alive through its TV Internet channel www.toxiclesbian.org. The developping of this source it has been one of the principal aims of the collective in lasts projects. The agenda from october to december will dispose several appointements with the digital and virtual space to offer to the public, as large as possible, symbolic and visual performances about what does it means to travel, to leave your country, your family because you are a woman or a lesbian and your life is in danger because of it

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Our web performances are designed mixing real time and video art pieces already produced. The different visual sources are mixed alive creating another piece just for the virtual public. At the end of each emission we upload the file being screened for anyone at our web site.

 

Vj sessions will take place at El Ranchito, Matadero, Madrid as a new experimental artistic developpement by Toxic Lesbian. Sounds, video art pieces will be treated visually in real time creating new files and proposing new reflections from the art language in this case.

 

Open dialogues, composed by guests coming in person or virtually will take place offering to the public assisting at Matadero or by Internet, thinking elaborated on this topic from specialists. ONGs from different European countries, american searching projects or queer academics from the university will configurate the different appointements.

 

Social networking, Twitter, Facebook, You Tube in collaboration with Intermediae Matadero will be put in place from monday to friday, in the morning in english and french and in spanish all the evenings, creating our virtual community and explaining video art and performances besides researchs or interviews to the world.

 


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