Guest at Scriptings:
A Tribute to Fasia Jansen and Joseph Ekwe Bilé
October 8 – November 19, 2023
Opening: Sunday October 8, 2023, 3-7 p.m.
Opening hours: Saturday + Sunday 3-7 p.m.
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Ina Wudtke's exhibition BLACK STUDIUM. A Tribute to Fasia Jansen and Joseph Ekwe Bilé consists of two audio installations and activates archival material especially photos, songs and texts about Fasia Jansen (1929-1997), a political singer-songwriter from Hamburg, and Joseph Ekwe Bilé (1892-1959) from Douala, who lived in Berlin during the Weimar Republic and was part of the anti-imperialist movement as a communist. The exhibition BLACK STUDIUM uncovers traces of the history of Black people in Germany and multidirectionally recalls past and present anti-racist struggles.
Ina Wudtke wrote the text for Fasia Jansen's fictional audio self-portrait based on her posthumously published autobiographical notes (Marina Achenbach, Fasia, geliebte Rebellin,
(published by the Fasia-Jansen-Stiftung), Oberhausen, ASSO Verlag, 2004). The narrator who brings Fasia Jansen to life in the work is Jasmin Eding, who belongs to a group of black queer women to advocate for the rights and visibility of black people in Germany. She founded ADEFRA (Black Women in Germany) with others in the 1980s. For the fictional audio portrait of Joseph Bilé, Ina Wudtke directed the audio recording with the German-Cameroonian speaker Jeanne-Ange Wagne.
The two audio portraits will be presented in two three-meter-high audio booths made from used work clothes. A selection of archival photographs by Fasia Jansen and Joseph Bilé have been laser engraved into sections of the fabric. The title BLACK STUDIUM invites a decolonial reading of photographs, critically engaging with Roland Barthes' last work Camera Lucida.
Event (in German)
Sunday October 29, 2023, 7 p.m.
Screening of the film of Frauengeschichten - Fasia Jansen, Sängerin
(1985) by Christel Priemer & subsequent conversation about Fasia Jansen between artist Ina Wudtke and activist Jasmin Eding (ADEFRA roots), moderated by curator Anujah Fernando.