Memorie da sottopelle (Memories under the skin)

Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau’ & Marie Moïse

7 September  | 10 am –1 pm + 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm 
Teatro India
A decolonised choreo/graphies workshop
co-realization with LOCALES / If Body

Poetic word. Collective practice. The book becomes a tool for building “us”.
Skin-deep memories, lines of flight towards horizons of change.

The past is written on our bodies. By moving in the present, the words emerge on the skin, and trace the lines of flight towards the horizon of change. The Memorie da sottopelle workshop came out of the project Decolonizing knowledge. Practices of anti-racist feminism. The former is an idea by Marie Moïse and MackdaGhebremariam Tesfau’, researchers, activists and co-translators for of the book Memorie della piantagione. Episodi di razzismo quotidiano (Memoirs of the plantation. Episodes of everyday racism) by Grada Kilomba, from the Capovolte publishing house.
The workshop proposes a collective theoretical and performative reworking of the experiences embodied in domination and their coloniality. By intertwining the words of racialized authors published by Capovolte such as Grada Kilomba, Djamila Ribeiro, Rahma Nur and Carla Akotirene and their personal genealogies with other thinkers and poets, words and concepts of decolonial feminism are transformed into verse, into movement and contact . And the feminist power that lies between liberation, healing and the re-articulation of self-defensive mechanisms, takes the form of a new collective consciousness.

The workshop, created within the project Decolonizzare il sapere. Pratiche di femminismo antirazzista, by Capovolte, with the support of Fondazione Finanza Etica thanks to Etica Sgr, as part of the call Che impresa per le donne.

Short Theatre 2023 workshops are free.
To register send an email to indicating in the subject workshop title, name, surname, phone number and a few words to introduce yourself.

Registration deadline: 25 August

Marie Moïse is a professor at Stanford University in Florence and a research collaborator at the University of Innsbruck. She is Italian-Haitian, and mainly deals with racism and colonialism from a decolonial feminist perspective. With this approach she carried out her PhD research in Philosophy on the political thought of Frantz Fanon. She is co-author of Future. Il domani narrato delle voci di oggi (Future. Tomorrow narrated by today’s voices), edited by Igiaba Scego (Effequ 2019) and Introduzione ai femminismi (Introduction to feminisms) edited by Anna Curcio (Derive Approdi 2019) with the essay Black feminism. Marie Moïse is co-translator of, among others, Bell Hook’ Da che parte stiamo. La classe conta (Where We Stand. Class Matters), Memorie della piantagione. Episodi di razzismo quotidiano (Memoirs of the plantation. Episodes of everyday racism) by Grada Kilomba’s (Flippers 2021) and Angela Davis’ 2018 work Donne, razza e classe (Women, Race & Class).

Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau’ is a Social Science researcher and activist. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Padua with a thesis entitled Why don’t you take them to your house? Antiracism and everyday life in the experiences of coexistence solidarity. (Perché non li porti a casa tua? Storie di accoglienza tra rifugiati e locali) , in which she analyzes racism and anti-racism in an attempt to explain the connection between everyday practices and systems of domination. Mackda is adjunct professor at the IUAV University of Venice, Stanford Florence and NYU Florence and research collaborator at the University of Padua. She is resident curator at Centrale Fies as part of the “Agitu Ideo Gudeta” artistic residency fellowship. Mackda is actively involved in the anti-racist debate in Italy, particularly in the fields of education and outreach.

Memorie da sottopelle (Memories under the skin) is part of RECIPROCITY, a section of Short Theatre that experiments with models of reciprocity and intersectionality between belonging, widespread origins and knowledge through bodily practices, narrative grafts and playful universes.

ph. courtesy of the artist