9, 10 & 11 MARCH 2018, 7 pm
FRIDAY 9 MARCH, 7 pm
Kamikaze Hearts. Post-screening Q&A with Linda Porn and Alejandra Ferradás Grassano
Directed by Juliet Bashore (1986). 87 min, colour, United States, 16 mm, in English with Spanish subtitles. 16 mm archive copy courtesy of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Collection
Half-documentary, half-autobiography, this gritty film explores the role played by women in the porn industry. A complex drama with flashes of humour that reveals the many contradictions in the lives of seasoned porn star Sharon Mitchel (‘Mitch’) and her lover and director of her films, Tigr.
Linda Porn is a visual artist, actor, migrant and whore. She studied at the Laboratorio de Teatro Campesino e Indígena in Mexico. Her work explores feminism, post-porn and racism and has been shown in Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles (MOCA) and throughout Spain. Her latest piece is Tránsitos, a short film about the migration process undertaken by two sex workers in Europe.
Alejandra Ferradás Grassano is a journalist and transfeminist activist. In Buenos Aires she worked with AMMAR (Asociación de Mujeres Meretrices de Argentina) and in Spain she coordinated Aula Feminista at the University of Alicante and founded the L’Aparadora collective. She currently forms part of the Barcelona-based association t.i.c.t.a.c. (Taller d’Intervencions Crítiques Transfeministes Antiracistes Combatives) and the sex-professionals association Aprosex. She has written a number of articles on sexual health and pornography and helps edit t.i.c.t.a.c.’s Desde el Margen magazine publications.
SATURDAY 10 MARCH, 7 pm
Swoon. Post-screening Q&A with Aimar Arriola
Directed by Tom Kalin (1992). 95 min, b/w, United States, 35 mm, in English with Spanish subtitles. 35 mm archive copy courtesy of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Collection
Swoon made Tom Kalin a leading name in New Queer Cinema. It tells the story of Leopold and Loeb, two Jewish homosexuals who decide to consummate their passion by murdering a randomly chosen victim. An elegant black-and-white narrative that freely experiments with form.
Aimar Arriola works as a curator, researcher and editor. He is currently studying for a PhD at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He works with Nancy Garín and Linda Valdés on the project Anarchivo sida, which will include an exhibition at the MACBA Study Centre later this autumn. He took part in the Independent Studies Programme at the MACBA ten years ago and continues to work for it as an external tutor.
SUNDAY 11 MARCH, 7 pm
Black Is Blue and The Watermelon Woman. Post-screening Q&A with Yos Piña and Cary McCay
Black Is Blue, by Cheryl Dunye (2014). 21 min, colour, Blu-ray, United States, in English with Spanish subtitles
It is a short narrative that tells the story of Black, an African American trans man, who works as a security guard inside an apartment complex in present-day Oakland, California. With limited dialogue, this character-driven short film quietly follows Black over the course of his typical day, a journey that reveals how Black’s past life is always in the back of his mind. Before transitioning, Black lived as Blue, a queer woman-of-colour who knew how to stand up for herself. In Black’s new vulnerable world, presenting as a masculine black man comes with all kinds of special concerns. Daily life is never free of fear and stigma. Being caught or discovered as trans is definitely something to avoid.
The Watermelon Woman, by Cheryl Dunye (1996). 83 min, DCP, colour, United States, in English with Spanish subtitles
It is considered to be the first openly queer feature film directed by a black lesbian. In the film, which Cheryl Dunye classifies as one of her Dunyementaries, Cheryl sets out to track down Watermelon Woman, a black actress who played “mammy” roles in several 1930s black-and-white films.
yos erchxs piña narvaéz is a migrant and dissident nomad who denounces the white hetero-colonial regime. A sociologist-activist (in/de)formed at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). Holder of an MA in the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge from the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC) and an MA in Critical Studies as part of the Independent Studies Programme at the MACBA (2014–2015). Has extensive experience in popular-decolonial education and art practices in migrant communities. Compulsive doodler. Nighttime writer. Currently survives in Madrid and forms part of the Migrantes Transgresorxs Collective.
Cary McCay was born in Madrid to an African American father and Equatorial Guinean mother but was later adopted by a family in Barcelona. For over a decade, she has worked as a social worker and family mediator, raising awareness among parents and adoption professionals of the importance of helping adopted children raised without references of their own to forge a positive racial identity, as well as campaigning in favour of non-white people in Spain and fighting racism in society.
Venue: Auditori Meier
Access for people with reduced mobility through the Meier building (museum reception)