Welcome to the XVI edition of the international exhibition “VIDEOZOOM let’s remember” (Israel, Iran, Poland, China, Spain, San Marino, Morocco, Romania, Kurdistan, Iraq, Japan, Quebec, Bangladesh, Denmark)
The protagonists of the XV edition of Videozoom are 8 African female artists who share values like identity, authenticity, equalitarianism, rootedness. The title Africana Womanism, which recalls the term coined by Clenora Hudson Weems at the end of 1980, should be read not as an appendage to black feminism, but as an ideology which finds its own explanation in the title itself. The word Africana identifies the woman’s ethnic group and her cultural identity. The term Womanism, which reminds of the powerful extempore speech ‘Ain’t I a woman?’ by Sojourner Truth, is based on African culture and Afrocentrism, and is focused on the experiences, struggles, needs and wishes of African women as well as on African diaspora.
Africana Womanism brings to the fore the role of African mothers as leaders in their struggle to regain, rebuild and create a sort of cultural integrity which embraces the ancient principles of reciprocity, equilibrium, harmony, justice, truth, and order.
African women, just like the other women in the world, are interested in the same things and, above all, are involved in the fight for equal footing with men.
However, the history of African femininity has been told by means of stereotypes which represent it in a partial and unfavourable way.
People get to know the lives of African women through the narration provided and presented by the media in a complex and burdensome way, as is the case of those who visit Africa and watch the lives led by women.
The exhibition aims at proposing a new vision of African women through the eye of the artist: if we learn to see them differently, we inevitably learn to see the whole world differently.
Our age is rapidly evolving. What happens in Africa influences life in Europe. What happens in Europe influences the lives of the people in Africa and elsewhere.
We live in an exciting but difficult time of globalization, when the most important thing is for our interior worlds to expand by keeping pace with the external world. It is time for a radical change to occur, although this implies our own radical change.
And there is nothing more deep-rooted than the logic of a mind which replaces the truth with misunderstandings.
The video show is curated by Antonella Pisilli, independent curator and expert on Contemporary African Art.