Salle des Pas Perdus, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean Municipal Hall - Rue du Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderenstraat 20, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
In the performance 'Zami,' Saddie Choua and Saffina Rana celebrate the profound bond between women.
This captivating presentation is a fusion of the creative visions of Saffina Rana and Saddie Choua. Blending realms of imagination and reality, Saffina and Saddie traverse new territories of thought. Central to their exploration are pivotal questions about weaving our individual female experiences together and harnessing the power of sisterhood to pave uncharted paths. Should we challenge established narratives and her-story by fashioning alternative stories and perspectives? Or can we ingeniously intertwine connections and associations to rewrote his-story? How do we infuse solidarity into our collective healing journey?
Through various episodes, Saffina and Saddie share with you the favorite music of a woman they deeply admire, Fatima Mernissi. Want to listen and discover more? Come, immerse yourself in the music and enjoy.
Zami is a performance by Pecola Productions.
19:30-21:00: Zami, a radio program with Saffina Rana and Saddie Choua
The Fatima Sessions are part of the exhibition 'Het Salon van Fatima' by Saddie Choua. The sessions were developed in collaboration with Fatiha Saïdi, Rihab Mohamadi, Saffina Rana and Nika Švab. They offer you the opportunity to explore in depth the life and work of Mernissi.
The exhibition is free and open from December 1st to January 12th, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, in the Salle Des Pas Perdus of the Municipal Hall of Molenbeek.
Saddie Choua, trained as a sociologist, is a Belgian-Moroccan filmmaker, author, and mixed-media artist based in Molenbeek. In her body of work, she merges art with her academic background, employing political documentaries, video installations, mixed media collages, and short stories.
Choua employs meta-documentary techniques, such as fragmented narratives and visual essays, integrating cross-cultural elements from popular culture. She draws inspiration from commercials, soap operas, novels, music videos, magazines, YouTube videos, pop stars, and athletes, urging a critical examination of these components. Her work focuses on discrimination based on race and/or ethnic origin, discrimination against women, colonialism, class, and even her cats take the spotlight.
The challenge she undertakes lies in creating ‘situations’ that unveil the power structures behind the images we internalize and reproduce. She invites us to reflect on how we assimilate images and dialogues about ‘the other’ and how these affect our self-image and historical awareness.
Saffina Rana is a British journalist, storyteller and lateral thinker with a scientific background, who has spent much of her adult life at the intersections of research, society, culture and diversity. She monitors EU policies on new technologies, health, culture, governance, gender equality and discrimination; and platforms culture in Belgium for various newspapers, journals, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Her work includes a focus on the ramifications of these policies on the othering of minority groups in Europe, particularly those structurally considered to be racialized. She is currently developing capacity building, education and employment initiatives for displaced people resettled by the Belgium government as part of the European Settlement Programme at Focus Humanitarian Assistance Europe.
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