We Are All The Other is a series of conversations and screenings by the CERA PROJECT involving artists, curators, researchers, filmmakers, and scientists. These professionals are invited to debate on relevant issues molding today’s societies, such as globalization, imperialism, exoticism, otherness, identities, language, activism, and others.

The first phase of the program was held in London at the CERA PROJECT space on the  13th and the 14th of August, with the participation of Alana Jelinek, Alexandra Ferrini, Ana Mendes, Barby Asante, Cathy Hassan, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Fatimah Kelleher, Hashi Mohamed, Henrietta Howells, Inês Valle, Joy Gregory, Luis Lacerda, Kinsi Abdulleh, Khaled Jarrar, Nikki Luna, Rachel Marsden and Rosanna Raymond.

The second phase is an online talk to be given by artist Vasco Araújo which will be accessible on the CERA PROJECT website on Wednesday, 17th August at 4pm (UTC/GMT +1 hour). The talk will be followed by an online discussion where anyone in the world can contribute and make their voice heard on the subject of the program.

As stated by Inês Valle, curator and organizer of the project, the  talk, titled “FROM EXOTICISM TO RACISM. THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MIRROR” takes exoticism as a concept of desire/repulse for what is different. This is how the “Western” World has, over the centuries and still today, seen the “other”. This relationship of power and abuse manifests itself not only by a merely economic and social domination but also by human identity characteristics, which relates to the need to build an enemy as a mirror of oneself. This enemy is our mirror in the sense that it reveals us in our true character, behaviour, and attitude towards what is different and opposite to us. In this sense, the Western society has always built, when confronted with the “other”, a thousand mirrors to somehow strengthen their power, but also to define and rediscover, in each second, their own identity.

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In addition, the talk will be simultaneously projected in several art organizations based on the Southern Hemisphere that has partnered with the CERA PROJECT. This is aimed at stimulating a discussion on the subject amongst their audience. Lastly,  part of these conversations will be shared on the CERA PROJECT website, as well as, in a publication that will follow.

The partner organizations that will host the video-projection event in different countries are:

  • PhotoGarage Lagos in Nigeria, moderated by the photographer James Uche-Iroha and the writer Minna Salami.

Date: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

Time: 4pm. 

Venue: 45 Ajose Street, Mende, Maryland, Lagos, Nigeria .

Contact Photogarage on + 234 80 33 12 31 34.

  • The Studio Accra in Ghana, moderated by the art collective AfroDistrict.

Date: 17th August 2016

Time: 4pm. 

Contact info on www.thestudioaccra.tumblr.com

  • Kwanda Art Foundation in Rwanda moderated by the photographer Jacques Nkinzingabo.

Date: Wednesday, 17th August 2016. 

Time: 5pm. 

Contact info on www.kwandaart.org

  • First Floor Gallery Harare in Zimbabwe, moderated by the curator Valerie Kabov.

Date: Wednesday, 17th August 2016. 

Time: 5pm. 

Contact info on www.firstfloorgalleryharare.com

  • Kivu Youth Entertainment (KEY) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, moderated by Victoire Batumike.

Date: Wednesday, 17th August 2016. 

Time: 5pm.

Contact info on  www.keydrc.org

  • R.A.R.O. in Argentina, moderated by directors Felipe García and Lina Angel.

Date: Wednesday, 17th August 2016. 

Time: 6pm. 

Contact info on www.esraro.com

  • The Wallace Gallery Morrinsville in New Zealand, moderated by curator Justin Morgan.

Date: Thursday, 18th August 2016.

Time: 3am.

Contact info on www.morrinsvillegallery.org.nz

Top featured image via the CERA PROJECT.