“AUDRE LORDE: The Berlin Years 1984-1992”
Screening and Talk
Location: Goethe Institut Athen
"Gossips" is a new series of programming, curated by iLiana Fokianaki, a collaboration between Goethe-Institut Athens and State of Concept Athens, is launched on the 1st of July. Inspired by the writings of Silvia Federici, Gossips is a series of programming that aims to address questions related to feminisms and their futures. It aims to bring women together, to re-generate and re-perform the original concept of “the gossip” as a support structure for women’s ideas, thinking processes and exchanges. It also wishes to collectivize feminisms discourses and offer a platform through which there can be new utterances to counteract and address anew all the words used to define and degrade women (Federici) and deconstruct and
The series of programming which will unfold in the coming year will launch July 1st with a documentary on one of the most important Afroamerican poets and feminist theorists: Audre Lorde. The film entitled “Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984- 1992” is created by Dagmar Schultz, a sociologist and publisher who helped secure Lorde a visiting professorship at the Free University of Berlin in 1984. The two women would become close friends, and Ms. Schultz recorded copious footage of Lorde’s time in Berlin, which eventually became a 2012 documentary, which has been shown at 75 festivals around the world.
The film is capturing a changing moment in Berlin’s history and highlights the transformation of support structures for the Afro-German community in the country. It is an extremely important testimony of history in the making, with Lorde being a catalyst and potent agent of change, providing tools for the self- determination of the Afro-german community, as well as an inspiring and defining figure for intersectional feminist collectivities of the time in Berlin.
After the screening, a conversation will follow to discuss the questions that Lorde and the documentary pose in relation to national identity, intersectional feminism, racism, and how these are understood in Germany and Greece respectively.
The discussion will be held between Dagmar Schultz (director of the film, online) and Jackie Abhulimen (coordinated by ILiana Fokianaki) in English.
Jackie Abhulimen was born and raised in Athens to African immigrant parents and has experience with immigrant rights in Greece and Europe. She is an Advocate at Generation 2.0 RED, where her work focuses on social solidarity, political participation, and political activism. She is a graduate of the Department of Development and Peace Studies at the University of Bradford (UK) and believes in the infinite possibilities of an active imagination.
This is the first event organized in the renovated space of Goethe Institut Athen. The event is free entrance, but following all the measures against the spread of COVID-19 we would kindly request you book a seat via email at [email protected]
With the support of Goethe Institut Athen