Milli’s Awakening. Black Women, Art and Resistance
With Natasha A. Kelly in conversation with Diana Hartmann Maciré Bakayako, Maseho, Nadu Hormann, Naomi Beukes-Meyer, Patricia Vester, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, and Zari Harat, moderated by Yvette Mutumba
Inspired by the Black feminist tradition of quilting, Natasha A. Kelly’s film Milli’s Awakening (2018), on view at the 10th Berlin Biennale, brings together the voices of eight Black German women of different generations. Through their artistic practices all of them have found a way to define a self-determined position within white German mainstream society. The result is a documentary that simultaneously reflects the diversity and connectivity of their (her-)stories.
The unshortened interviews are now being published in her book Milli’s Awakening. Black Women, Art and Resistance (Orlanda Verlag, 2018). For the book launch moderated by Yvette Mutumba from the 10th Berlin Biennale’s curatorial team, Natasha A. Kelly will engage in a dialogue with her protagonists, going back to the past in order to reflect the present and articulate visions of the future.
Program schedule Milli’s Awakening. Black Women, Art and Resistance
Watch the film with the protagonists in attendance (exhibition space) and/or participate in a presentation of their individual artistic projects (studio)
Welcome greeting by Yvette Mutumba
Introductory reading by Natasha A. Kelly
Spoken word performance by Maseho
Panel 1: “Looking back at Black German history” with Nadu Hormann, Zari Hara, Maseho, and Diana Hartmann
Spoken word performance by Maciré Bakayako
Panel 2: “Looking at present and future“ with Naomi Beukes-Meyer, Patricia Vester, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, and Maciré Bakayako
From 8 pm
Music with DJ MWA, artist talks, and book sale
Milli's Awakening has been awarded the Black Laurel Film Award 2018, an international film prize for Women of Color in the Age of #metoo. The publication will be released by Orlanda Frauenverlag, Berlin.