The Late Genet: Three Symposia / The Black Panthers and Cinema

The Late Genet: Three Symposia / The Black Panthers and Cinema

Nottingham Contemporary

Lili Reynaud-Dewar (with Pierre Giquel and Sabisha Friedberg) “Four Walls Speaking of Revolt, Media and Beauty,” 2011.
Installation view Jean Genet, Prisoners of Love.
Nottingham Contemporary.
Photo Andy Keate.

August 21, 2011

The Late Genet: Three Symposia
The Black Panthers and Cinema

Nottingham Contemporary
Weekday Cross
Nottingham NG1 2GB, UK

Nottingham Contemporary’s current exhibition is dedicated to the life and work of Jean Genet (1910–1986), the celebrated poet of revolt. As part of our Talks and Discussions three short symposia will consider Genet’s later life and work, as they relate to the radical politics and philosophy of the 1960s and 1970s.

Genet: Sex, Power and Dramaturgy
Wednesday 14 September 2pm–6pm
Clare Finburgh, Carl Lavery, Adrian Rifkin, Agnès Vannouvong , Lili Reynaud-Dewar

The first symposium considers Genet’s literary and theatrical assaults on colonialism, and on concepts of sexual identity. The speakers offer insights into Genet’s confrontation with society, against the backdrop of May ’68 in France. It sets the scene for the next two symposia.

Genet and the Palestinians

Thursday 29 September, 3pm–6pm
The Otolith Group, Leila Shahid, Hadrien Laroche, Eyal Weizman
The second symposium is inspired by Genet’s complex exchange with, and representation of, the Palestinian struggle.

Leila Shahid, now General Delegate of Palestine at the European Union, was a close friend during the writer’s final years. She will discuss Genet’s passion for this displaced people and what she sees as his lasting contribution to the understanding of the Palestinian cause.

Artists Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun of The Otolith Group will discuss Genet and their film Nervus Rerum. Eyal Weizman, Director of the Centre of Research Architecture works with a variety of NGOs and human rights groups in Israel/Palestine. Adrien Laroche completed his doctorate in philosophy under Jacques Derrida in 1996. He has published essays on Jean Genet, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp.

The Panthers and Genet
Friday 30 September, 11am–4pm
Emory Douglas, Kodwo Eshun and Lili Reynaud-Dewar. With John Akomfrah OBE (via Skype)

The first half of this final symposium is a rare lecture by Emory Douglas, the Panthers’ former Minister of Culture. In the afternoon there will be a presentation on Genet and the Panthers by Kodwo Eshun, with John Akomfrah via Skype. They will be joined by artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar to consider the significance of the Panthers in their own time, and their legacy—as well as their relationship with Genet.

The Black Panthers and Cinema
Monday 3 October–Friday 7 October
Curated with Kodwo Eshun of The Otolith Group

Directed by leading European and American experimental filmmakers, including Agnes Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, D A Pennebaker and William Klein, these films reveal the movement’s extensive connections, from radical student and ethnic minority organisations in the States, to African liberation movements. The Panthers were uniquely cinegenic, and they might be regarded as the co-authors of these films.

Films will be screened at Nottingham Contemporary, Broadway or New Art Exchange, Nottingham.

Monday 3 October, Broadway Cinema, 6pm – 8pm
Black Panthers (1968) & Black Liberation (aka The Silent Revolution) (1967)

Tuesday 4 October, Nottingham Contemporary, 6pm
American Revolution 2 (1969)

Wednesday 5 October, New Art Exchange, 6pm
Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther (1970)

Thursday 6 October, Nottingham Contemporary, 6pm
Seize The Time (1970)

Friday 7 October, Nottingham Contemporary, 6pm
One P.M (One Pennebaker Movie) (1971)

The Late Genet: Three Symposia and The Black Panthers and Cinema are free events, but must be booked online at

The exhibition Jean Genet: Act 1 & 2 continues at Nottingham Contemporary until 2 October.

Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Jean Genet…The Courtesy of Objects, features Alberto Giacometti, Tariq Alvi, Luka Duwemhogger, Mathilde Rachet and Wolfgang Tillmans. Prisoners of Love includes André Acquart, Emory Douglas, Latifa Echakhch, Mona Hatoum, Glenn Ligon, Abdul Hay Mosallam, The Otolith Group, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Carole Roussopoulos, Gil J Wolman, Akram Zaatari

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