Manuscripts of Foreign Body(s) is a documentation film of performance workshops by Ahmad BaBa and Michalina Mrozek that focuses on TLGBQIA+ bodies of colour. The bodies here are seen in their continuous duality; both as a sites of oppression and resilience. This collective workshop held at Oyoun, Berlin invited artists from different disciplines to come together and create a safe(r) space(s), for investigating bodies on different levels, and bring forward narratives that speak to their own personal stories. It emphasises on body politics approaches, empowerment of bodies of colour, oneness and closeness, and how bodies of colour, as sites of oppressions, could develop a mechanism of defense without burning out one's mental capacities.
Ahmad BaBa collaborates with Michalina Mrozek, a filmmaker and film educator who has been working as an independent filmmaker in Berlin since the beginning of 2013. She has many years of experience in educational work with youth and young adults as a project manager and filmmaker. For the past four years, she has increasingly realised projects with LGBTQ+ communities that aim for more visibility and tolerance.
This international collaboration is made possible by Perform Europe. Perform Europe is an EU-funded project aiming to rethink how performing arts works are presented across borders in a more inclusive, sustainable and balanced way by testing new touring and distribution practices and providing policy recommendations for a future EU support scheme. This 18-month journey includes a research phase, launching a digital platform, testing a support scheme, and designing policy recommendations.
Hexagon Theatre | Free, booking required
Ahmad BaBa’s residency with SHOUT Festival & Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) is part of the ongoing research, exhibition and performance project "Embodied Temporalities - tracing the memories our bodies hold" produced by Oyoun cultural centre (Berlin, GER).
What memories do our bodies hold? What can our bodies tell us about ourselves, pasts, and futures? Through Embodied Temporalities – Tracing the memories our bodies hold, cultural practitioners explore identities, belonging and embodied memories through diasporic, decolonial and queer perspectives. It offers a community-centered approach for participants finding expression of experiences through movement while paving the way for collective healing. Embodied Temporalities is a research, archiving, exhibition and performance project under the artistic direction of Madhumita Nandi.