Thursday, 14 April 2011

Release Ai Weiwei

Statement by Jens Galschiot, 8 April 2011

On Sunday 3rd April the renowned artist Ai Weiwei was arrested by Chinese police. Attempts to contact the artist have been in vain and the Chinese authorities deny any comment on the issue. Allegedly some sort of financial crime is the core of the issue. This accusation is dubious and can be used for anything.

Danish artist Jens Galschiot has on two occasions been denied entry to Hong Kong as a result of his artistic commitment in co-operation with the Democracy Movement. He has a permanent ban for entering China. On the occasion of Ai Weiwei’s arrest he declares:

“I energetically condemn the arrest of Ai Weiwei. He is one of the world’s most prominent artists, he makes outstanding artworks, and lately he has made a comprehensive exhibition at Tate Modern. All these activities highlight the fact that China has become an important part of the international art scene. Ai Weiwei stands as a prominent representative of the Chinese people, promising for the future.

I am deeply concerned that China now once again has displayed its totalitarian face to the world and once again has committed an encroachment on its own citizens. This shameful act reveals that China still has a long way to go before it can be regarded a state based on the rule of law protecting its citizens against arbitrary abuse of power.

I urge all artists of the world to express their protest against the detention of Ai Weiwei. The Guggenheim museum has launched a petition. Visit the homepage and join the petition.

Likewise I request the Danish government and all democratic governments to condemn the arrest. This abuse should not go unheeded, especially as China has become one of the most important trading partners of the West. Therefore we have a special obligation to express our concern.

In particular I summon the governments of Hong Kong and Taiwan to protest. These two entities with Chinese population enjoying free speech have a special obligation to express their disapproval of an infringement committed by Mainland China. Maybe the Chinese government will be more sensitive to criticism from their own compatriots”, Jens Galschiot concludes.

General INFO

Guggenheim’s petition:

The artist has uploaded comprehensive documentation about China on his homepage, see

About the detention, see

Contact/info/photos on Jens Galschiot:, e-mail
Tel. +45 6618 4058, mobile +45 4044 7058 and

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011


APRIL 29- MAY 1, 2011

Today's Europe is a multiracial, multicultural space. It is a melting pot where African and Caribbean Immigrants-whether they arrived in the 19th, 20th or 21st centuries- and their descendants all shared the common ambition for a better life while mainly facing grave difficulties and injustices.

The "Black and Blue in Europe" film series features a selection of films that explore stories of Black people in Europe.

WHEN: APRIL 29- MAY 1, 2011
WHERE: Teachers College,
Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - Room 263 Macy

Take train 1 to 116th street and walk uptown four blocks. Entrance between Broadway and Amsterdam. Picture ID requested to enter building.


BOMA TERVUREN, THE JOURNEY by Francis Dujardin (Belgium/Congo, 54mins)
The extraordinary and tragic saga of 267 Congolese, brought to Brussels to be exposed at the 1897 World's Fair. Fri, April 29 @ 6:00pm - FREE SCREENING


PLAYING AWAY by Horace Ove (UK, 100mins)
To mark the conclusion of their "Third World Week" celebration, a cricket team in a small English village invites a West Indian cricket team from South London to a charity game. Featuring Norman Beaton Fri, April 29 @ 8pm


THE GLASS CEILING by Yamina Benguigui (France/Algeria, 90mins)
Europe's racial make-up is quickly changing. French-Algerian filmmaker Yamina Benguigui is hoping to start a conversation about affirmative action - a policy that does not exist in France today. Sat, April 30 @ 3:30pm


BLACK DJU by Pol Cruchten (Luxembourg, 80mins)
From the sea and sun of the Cape Verde Island, it's a very big step to rainy, gloomy, land-locked Luxembourg, but that's the journey 20-year-old Dju Dele Dibonga must take to track down his dad, whose yearly visits and monthly guest worker checks have stopped. Featuring veteran actor Philippe LĂ©otard and introducing singer Cesaria Evora as Dju's mother. Sat, April 30 @ 5:30pm


OTOMO by Frieder Schlaisch (Germany, 84mins)
A powerful film portraying institutionalized racism and police brutality, Otomo provides a convincing look at the everyday world of refugees, who are continuously surrounded by tension and insecurity. Based on the true story of Frederic Otomo. Stars Isaach de Bankole (The Limits of Control, Manderlay) Sat, April 30 @ 7:30pm


WAALO FENDO by Mohammed Soudani (Switzerland/Senegal, 65mins)
Milan, like Paris or Stuttgart, and like many other European cities, is the theater of the drama of immigration. Demba reconstructs his story and that of his brother Yaro, both Senegalese immigrants in Italy, in a long and fragmentary flashback that begins with Yaro's murder. An immigration story like others but that most people are unaware of. Sun, May 1 @ 1pm

SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ 2:30PM

BURNING AN ILLUSION by Menelik Shabbaz (UK, 107mins)
Burning an Illusion powerfully evokes young Black lifestyles in the London eighties and raises issues of lifestyle choices and personal growth in a racist society. Sun, May 1 @ 2:30pm

SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ 4:30PM

DANCING FOREVER by Christian Faure (France, 90mins)
Based on Marie Do's autobiographical novel, this absorbing movie balances the two dominant factors in its heroine's destiny: her mixed-race heritage and her passion for dance in a consistently upbeat tone that matches its heroine's indomitable spirit. Sun, May 1 @ 4:30pm.

SUNDAY, MAY 1 @ 6:30PM

JOSEPHINE BAKER: BLACK DIVA IN A WHITE MAN'S WORLD by Annette von Wangenheim (Germany/USA, 45mins)
A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Sun, May 1 @ 6:30pm.

Join us to share your thoughts and light refreshments

Sugar Hill Beer courtesy of HarlemBrew

Weekend pass $20; Day pass $15; $6 per show.


Work In Progress

Sub-urban, the Urban Espresso Bar's video-lounge presents:

work in progress

05.04.2011 - 18.04.2011

ALITE THIJSEN : work in progress : 2009 - 2011

The camera is Alite Thijsen's instrument to get a view on social processes. For her the images are
snapshots, inseparable from the context. The author, the subject, the location, the accidental encounters
and the assembly, all those elements determine what is shown.

Over the past twenty years Alite Thijsen has frequently worked and travelled in Africa. Through her
experience she questions the absolute nature of knowledge gathering. The artist's video which is now on
show in Sub urban video lounge is shot in Casamanca (Senegal) during the boukout ceremony. The origin of
the boukout goes way back in the past and seems to be unaffected by evangelisation, conversion,
colonialism and globalization. In an indeterminate moment, once in twenty years, the youngsters in the
village are initiated by the elderly into social practice and tested in their defensibility.

For this important initiation former inhabitants return to their village, coming from all over the world. The fact
that the public part of the ceremonies is now open to an outsider with a camera, proofs that tradition is not a
fixed phenomenon. But what does this mean for this tradition in the future?

coming up :
19.04.2011 - 03.05.2011 : ALITE THIJSEN : CASABLANCA WORKSHOPS


Screenings: daily from 12h - 17h

Urban Espresso Bar - Botersloot 44A (near Central Library) Rotterdam -

London via Lagos

The London via Lagos Festival at Oval House Theatre

London via Lagos is a daring festival of new plays by British-Nigerian
playwrights offering three radically different visions of the relationship
between Nigeria and the UK.

Over ten weeks, from May 3 - July 10th, London via Lagos brings to the London stage three
innovative and contemporary plays; each with its own perspective spanning the
political, the personal, and the domestic. All three dramas investigate today’s
Britain and all reflect the vigour and passion of Nigeria.

From the streets of Hackney to the English countryside; from the mansions of
the Lagos elite to the oil pipelines of Northern Nigeria, three new plays reveal
the political, personal and the domestic stories found where two great cultures

Co-produced by new British-African drama company, Spora Stories, the Festival

features the work of Ade Solanke, Arinze Kene, and Lydia Adetunji.

Pandora's Box by Ade Solanke (Tuesday 3 – Sunday 22 May, 2011)

On holiday with her streetwise son in Lagos, a British-Nigerian mother is in
turmoil. Should she leave her only child in a strict Lagos boarding school, or
return him to the ‘battlefields’ of inner London…? A family spanning three
generations and two continents meet together in Lagos for the first time in over
thirty years. But the joy of reunion also unleashes long-suppressed truths. An
exuberant mix of comedy, tragedy and family drama, Pandora’s Boxreveals the
heartbreak behind the choices every parent must make.

On May 6th, we'll be having a post-show debate titled 'Fight or Flight: Education,

British-African kids and Africa,'with Diane Abbott MPand Dr Osita Okagbue of Goldsmiths College,

about taking British-African/Caribbean kids back to Africa or the Caribbean. As you know, a
Nigerian woman was imprisoned in Britain in February for taking her son home against his will.

Special early bird booking offer of £10 tickets (instead of £14) if booked by April 18th. Code word 'early' (telephone or web).

Group bookings: 10 or more - £12/ £5 (concessions) per ticket.

Concessions for under 16s and others are available at £7 during the run. Preview tickets for May 3rd and 4th are also £7. (no fee) or 0207 582 7680 (3-8pm Tues - Sat)

Arinze Kene's play 'Little Baby Jesus' follows from May 25th - June 15th .

Lydia Adetunji's play 'Fixer' is on from June 21st - July 10th.