In de soep #2: Art as Education - Art as Social Change (online)

Qudus Onikeku / Thulile Gamedze
De Zomer van Vooruit
Wed. 15.07.2020 19:30 - 21:00
Wed 15.07.'20
19:30 - 21:00
  • Wed 15.07.'20
    19:30 - 21:00
    Zoom webinar

In the last few months we have witnessed how the arts as a global field and sector is financially disregarded by most governments and, yet, art has been one of the fields providing information, care, entertainment, solace and the tools for liberation throughout these unprecedented and strange times. In what ways, big and small, does art function as an educational medium? In what ways can that education drive social change? How can we collectively come to understand art as a series of social practices and not only a process that produces a consumable product? Our guests this week are Thulile Gamedze and Qudus Onikeku.

Thulile Gamedze (°1992) is a Johannesburg-based cultural worker, realising her practice through the production of writing and drawing, curating, reading and teaching. Her master’s research around ‘impossible paradigms’ locates collective Black histories of resistance in Southern Africa in conversation with the contemporary era of ‘fallism,’ and its various iterations of decolonisation. In this sense, her work is moved by the pedagogical, social and creative interventions that radical Queer rupturing and Black Consciousness politics make possible.

Qudus Onikeku is a movement artiste made of diversity. Over the decade, he has established himself as one of the preeminent multitalented artistes, working today with different media: performance, research, installation, curating and community organizing. He is the co-founder and artistic director of QDance Center Lagos. Qudus’ international artistic practice intersects between his interest in visceral body movements, kinesthetic memory, disruptive practices and finding new vocabularies for performances that aren’t centralizing Eurocentric approaches, embracing an artistic vision and a futurist practice that both respects and challenges Yoruba culture and contemporary dance.

In de soep is a reflection program where every two weeks we go into conversation with an artist and a specialist around the issues that are keeping us up at night. This online session is hosted by Vooruit dramaturg and programmer Kopano Maroga. Participation in the webinar and Q&A is free, registration is obliged. And of course, make your own soup with our one and only In the soep-recipe.

“The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible”

- Toni Cade Bambara


Wed 01.07 - 19:30 online
THINK / debate
free entrance, registration via the link
in English


in samenwerking met LABO vzw & Africalia