ARTEnarrativas

Festival of Anti-racist Culture

Friday, 15, and Saturday, 16 March 2024 - Check programme
Ariel Antonio Sosa Urquía, poster for the Festival of Anti-racist Culture, 2024
Ariel Antonio Sosa Urquía, poster for the Festival of Anti-racist Culture, 2024
Collaboration
Madrid City Council

Since 2019, the Festival of Anti-racist Culture — an initiative between SOS Racismo Madrid and the ActionAid Alliance for Solidarity (a member of the Museo Situado Assembly in this edition) — has sought to give prominence to racialised and migrant artists who, from different artistic disciplines such as theatre, literature, dance and the visual arts, denounce discrimination, assert their resilience and advocate inclusion. This particular edition, in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía and La Parcería, is carried out within the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and is entitled ARTEnarrativas (ARTnarratives) to underline the importance of narratives in the fight against racism and xenophobia.

By way of discussions, screenings, visits to the Museo and stage pieces, the festival substantiates the visual arts, theatre, writing, the podcast and the fanzine as key tools to imagine and build inclusive cultural spaces for the realities racialised people face, and to steadfastly bring about communal enjoyment, reflection and laughter and promote co-existence and social participation.

Participants

Aires de Alondra is a Peruvian family venture that works to promote and disseminate traditional food, conveying authentic flavours from their places of origin, and the places where they have migrated and travelled. They offer food they like to eat at home using seasonal ingredients and local products, putting forward gastronomy as an instrument of dialogue and care between people.

Amigas y té is a podcast hosted by Sara Bourehiyi and Maria Bennouna Rubia, who aim to talk about their reality as racialised people and the things that happen to them. In their words: “We don’t look to be something general, nor do we seek to be taken as a universal example. We are just one further example. One of the thousands of realities that racialised people in Spain experience”. Behind the production of this podcast is Leilani Tanimoto (video and image technician) and Ricardo Quesada (sound technician).

Arte sin frontera is an internationalist, ecofeminist, anti-species, decolonial and Indigenist collective that came into being in Madrid in 2005. Through art, it defends the rights to Earth and justice. At this festival, they present “Sabia tierra” Respeta la migración (“Wise Earth” Respect Migration), a dance and theatre piece performed by Ada Saliou (dancer, choreographer and dance teacher) and Mayaymara Behoteguy Chávez (an international dancer who began her dance studies in Bolivia).

Sarahi Bolekio is the chairperson of SOS Racismo Madrid. Specialising in anti-racism, gender, migration and social justice, she holds a degree in International Relations from the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid and an MA in African Studies and International Relations from the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is currently a field specialist in the Union of Family Associations.

Sara Buraya Boned coordinates the Museo Reina Sofía’s Tentacular Museum Area and is a member of the Museo Situado Assembly.

Sandra Carmona is an illustrator and educator. As a gypsy, mixed-race and lesbian woman, she devotes much of her professional work to illustrating social themes and to denouncing injustice through art. In 2019, she created Altramuz Editorial, a Romani publishing house situated at the heart of creating relevant narratives, whereby all works are written, narrated, illustrated and translated by people who are part of Diversity.

Chakiñan Mutante is a collective, made up of Rob Maldonado, Ana María Serpa and Andrés Vera, which works to shine a light on and challenge injustices affecting the Global South, particularly migrants, dissidents and racialised people, creating a space of healing, transformation and collective construction through action art and profound reflection. Their aim is to unite Abya Yala transdisciplinary creatives to explore and transform society.

Claudia Claremi is an artist and film-maker with a degree in Documentary Film from the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba and in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, London. Her films have participated in festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Raindance, the International Film Festival of Guadalajara and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. She currently develops different photography and moving image projects, most notably the series Amnesia colonial (2012–2021) and La memoria de las frutas (2015-2023).

Alejandro Flórez Aguirre is the technical coordinator of Proyecto Museo Afro de Colombia, and specialises in management and cultural management, as well as being a social communicator and journalist. He has worked on strategic communication, implementing public policies and project management in Colombia’s culture sector, and has experience in managing processes with all artistic practices, in both public and private entities.

Yeison F. García López is a political scientist, activist and cultural manager who identifies as Afro-Colombian and Afro-Spanish. He earned a degree in Political Science and an MA in Research Methodology in Social Sciences: Innovations and Applications from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is the director of the Espacio Afro cultural centre.

Generación Banana is a podcast on identity, mental health and anti-racism. It came into being on account of the lack of reference points and discussions on the reality of growing up in Spain being Chinese and the internal conflicts that can arise. It is hosted by Ouyang Zhu, an actress, publicist, model, dubbing artist and creative who works in cultural mediation, and Jun Zheng, a sociologist and creative who reflects on the situation of migrant children in Spain.

Paula Guerra Cáceres is a social communicator, anti-racist activist and a member of the team of La Quilombera, a contemporary programme with an anti-racist gaze from the Twitch channel of El Salto. She analyses and investigates structural racism and its consequences, and is also a columnist for online publications such as El Salto, elDiario.es and Pikara Magazine.

Ariel Heredia Pacheco is a Bolivian-born audiovisual artist and most notably the director of the short film Janeth (2023), in which he addresses themes such as migration, family and love. The project was among the ten finalists at the XI Navarra Tierra de Cine Short Film Competition.

Amal Hussein is a programme coordinator with Espacio Afro. With a degree in Political Science and Public Management, she is currently studying an MA in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalisation at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She also has experience in social and political advocacy, with a focus on human rights, specifically in the defence of international protection and the eradication of female genital mutilation.

Julissa Jáureguiis a political scientist with an MA in International Cooperation. She is a technical specialist in migration and citizen participation for the ActionAid Alliance for Solidarity, where she coordinates projects with associations led by migrant women who work for their recognition as political subjects. She is also a member of the Museo Situado Assembly.

Paola Larco Muñoz is an activist and the co-founder of Mujeres, voces y resistencias (Women, Voices and Resistance), a feminist and anti-racist collective made up exclusively of migrant and racialised women in Valencia. She holds a degree in Economics and is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies and Equality Policies at the University of Valencia.

Rob Maldonado is a transdisciplinary artist who is currently part of the project “Relaciones Sonoras” (Sound Relations) from La Parcería and La Casa Encendida. La Brecha (The Gap, 2023), one of his most recent audiovisual pieces, is part of the artistic research project “Territorio” (Territory), which studies transitions related to displacement.

Andrea Pacheco González is a Chilean researcher and curator who lives in Madrid, and lectures at Nebrija University and is the artistic director of FelipaManuela. She has curated solo exhibitions by artists such as Teresa Margolles, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Los Carpinteros and Juan Castillo, and is co-curator of the exhibition Colonial Memory in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections (2024). Moreover, she is the curator of the Chilean Pavilion at the 60th Venice Biennale in 2024 with the Cosmonación project by artist Valeria Montti Colque.

Marcela Rodríguez Mesía is a copywriter, editor and producer. She holds a degree in Media Sciences and Arts, specialising in Performing Art (2006), from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She is also the co-founder and editorial and content director of Pequeño Pato Salvaje Editorial (2015), a publishing house which focuses on visual books. She is part of the project “Sudakasa”, an experiential space for community writing and art.

Mercedes Roldán Sánchez is the assistant director-general of Spain’s State Museums. She holds a degree in Law and Art History, specialising in public management applied to museums, and has been a member of the Professional Body of Museum Conservators since 2005.

Solanyely Sánchez is a sociologist, poet, actor and cultural manager, and coordinator of the Festival of Anti-racist Culture.

Susana Sanz coordinates the Museo Reina Sofía’s Tentacular Museum Area.

Manuel Segade is the director of the Museo Reina Sofía. With a degree in Art History from the University of Santiago de Compostela, his curatorial experience spans two decades (2003–2023) and numerous exhibitions in national and international institutions. He was the director of the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo from 2015 to 2023.

Frank T is an MC and a pioneering producer in Spain’s hip-hop scene. As a communicator, he directs and hosts the La Cuarta Parte programme on Spain’s Radio3 station, and, with Lamine Thior and Asaari Bibang, participates on the podcast No hay negros en el Tíbet from the Podium Podcast network.

Programa

Actividad pasada Friday, 15 March 2024 - 6pm
Day I

6pm Introduction
— Conducted by Sarahi Bolekio (SOS Racismo Madrid), Sara Buraya Boned (Museo Reina Sofía, Museo Situado), Julissa Jáuregui (ActionAid Alliance for Solidarity) and Solanyely Sánchez (Festival of Anti-racist Culture)

6:30pm Museums and Ethno-racial Diversity
A discussion on the key role of museums in promoting inclusion and equality, as well as the importance of involving ethno-racial communities in creating museographic content.
— With Alejandro Flórez Aguirre, Yeison F. García López, Mercedes Roldán Sánchez and Manuel Segade. Supported by: Andrea Pacheco

8pm “Sabia tierra” Respeta la migración (“Wise Earth” Respect Migration)
A dance and theatre piece which addresses the reality facing migrant people and how colonialism has influenced their lives. The work stems from support for the State campaign for the extraordinary regularisation of migrant people in Spain (#RegularisationNow).
— By the Arte sin frontera company

Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

200 people 

Admission

Free, until full capacity is reached. Tickets may be collected at the Museo’s Ticket Offices or on the Museo Reina Sofía website from 10am on 13 March (a maximum of 2 per person). 20% of the visitor-capacity will be reserved for attendance without ticket collection on the day of the activity. Doors open 30 minutes before the sessions

Actividad pasada Saturday, 16 March 2024 - 11am
Day II

11am Anti-racist Podcasts
A discussion that examines the role of podcasts in the fight against racism, emphasising awareness-raising strategies and experiences and anti-racist action in this medium.
— With Sara Bourehiyi and Maria Bennouna Rubia (Amigas y té), Ouyang Zhu and Jun Zheng (Generación banana) ad Frank T (No hay negros en el Tíbet). Supported by: Paula Guerra Cáceres

12:30pm Dialogue between Anti-racist Cultural Initiatives
A space from which to share and reflect upon the impact and challenges of these initiatives in the fight for equality and social justice.
— With Sandra Carmona (Altramuz Editorial), Amal Hussein (Espacio Afro, Manual Antirracista), Paola Larco Muñoz (Mujeres, voces y resistencia and the Aquí estamos, no nos fuimos, no nos vamos fanzine) and Marcela Rodríguez Mesía (“Sudakasa” project). Supported by: Solanyely Sánchez

2pm Community Meal
A collaborative, community-centred culinary experience.
— With Aires de Alondra (Network of Latin American Women)

Nouvel Building, Protocol Room

150 people

Admission

Free, until full capacity is reached. Tickets may be collected at the Museo’s Ticket Offices or on the Museo Reina Sofía website from 10am on 14 March (a maximum of 2 per person). 20% of the visitor-capacity will be reserved for attendance without ticket collection on the day of the activity. Doors open 30 minutes before the sessions

Actividad pasada Saturday, 16 March 2024 - 5:30pm
The Diasporic Gaze

Screening of the short films La Brecha (2023), by Rob Maldonado, and Ariel Heredia’s Janeth (2023), followed by a conversation to reflect on the experience of diaspora and its representation in contemporary film.
— With Ariel Heredia and Rob Maldonado. Supported by: Claudia Claremi

Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400

400 people 

Admission

Free, until full capacity is reached. Tickets may be collected at the Museo’s Ticket Offices or on the Museo Reina Sofía website from 10am on 14 March (a maximum of 2 per person). 20% of the visitor-capacity will be reserved for attendance without ticket collection on the day of the activity. Doors open 30 minutes before the sessions

Actividad pasada Saturday, 16 March 2024 - 7pm
Resonanciaserpiente

A performative experience which explores the concept of “the cave” as a symbol of healing and protection, arising in response to reflections on necropolitics. Moreover, it seeks to dissipate borders and physical distances, shifting the “I” to “We are” as a collective echo.
— With Colectivo Chakiñan Mutante

Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400

400 people 

Admission

Free, until full capacity is reached. Tickets may be collected at the Museo’s Ticket Offices or on the Museo Reina Sofía website from 10am on 14 March (a maximum of 2 per person). 20% of the visitor-capacity will be reserved for attendance without ticket collection on the day of the activity. Doors open 30 minutes before the sessions