CANCELLED - The world like a jewel in the hand
In light of recent events, it is not possible for Jewish Algerian-Palestinian professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, who was born and raised in colonised Palestine, to come to Brussels. Therefore, after careful deliberation with Travelling Sources' curators Hari Prasad Sacré, Arshia Ali Azmat & Hoda Siahtiri, we have decided to cancel the three-day festival.
Traveling sources starts with the screening of The world like a jewel in the hand, the latest film essay by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay. The film engages with stolen art to question the imperial foundations of the world we live in. Narrating the destruction of the Jewish Muslim world in North-Africa through imperial technologies of colonizing, partitioning, mining, stealing, archiving, and exhibiting, Azoulay invites us to reclaim the world of skills, care for the world enshrined in stolen objects, and inhabit ruined worlds we are being told could no longer exist.
Following the film screening an after talk between Ariella Azoulay and Nadia Fadil will be moderated by Laura Gaelle Ganza.
• Ariella Aïsha Azoulay is an author, curator of anti-colonial archives, film essayist, and theorist of empires and its various technologies (from partition to photography). She is Professor of Modern Culture and Media and the Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University. Her work centers around unlearning imperial histories, engaging with archives to generate anti-colonial knowledge and generate potential histories.
• Nadia Fadil works as an Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven. Her research centers on Islam in Europe (taking Brussels as ethnographic site), which she examines both as a living tradition as well as an object of regulation. She draws on this empirical question to reflect on a vast set of theoretical issues such as subjectivity and power, ethical selfhood, the body, postcoloniality, governmentality, race and secularism.
• Laura Gaëlle Ganza is a socio-cultural worker convinced of the transformative power of art and culture. Her work in non-profit organisations focuses on decolonisation issues in the cultural sector as well as the "development aid" sector.
Warm recommendation for cinephiles: Embark on the collaborative departure of Travelling Sources and warm up with Christian Nyampeta's 'Sometimes it was beautiful' at Beursschouwburg (18:00), before diving deeper with Azoulay's 'the world like a jewel in the hand' at Palace Cinema (19:00).
curators Hari Prasad Sacré, Arshia Ali Azmat & Hoda Siahtiri | production Kaaitheater | co-production VUB Crosstalks & Cinema Palace | with the support of Sint-Lucas Antwerp, Constant
Extra student discount:
With the support of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, students can attend the film screening and discussion at a reduced rate of €4. This is part of the Global Minds program.