Sexual dissent and black feminisms inside the black british movements (1979-nowadays)

19:0021:00 h
Venue: La Virreina Centre de la Imatge
La Rambla, 99
08002 Barcelona
Price: Free event

Activity from Microhistories of the Diaspora. «Embodied» experiences of female dispersion
Created by La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Supported by Pla Barcelona Interculturalitat
Curated by Tania Adam

Lecture by Pratibha Parmar moderated by Rebecca Close
Espai 4
Free entrance. Limited places

According to Pratibha Parmar, sexual dissidence is central to the Black British Movement’s critique of the nation state in this era of neoliberalism. From the creation of documents for a possible lesbian archive of the South-Asian, Afro-Caribbean and African diaspora to the intervention of an intersectional gaze that seeks to portray alliances between diverse communities, her works provide a set of tools for analysing the hidden side of neoliberalism, which proposes a restructuring of capital that goes beyond the privatisation of the welfare state and foments a new racism that has latched on to the logic of the market. Far from showing the ‘multicultural’ face of a country, the author advances and sustains a Black critique that presents diasporas as an impugnment of capitalism and colonialism.


PRATIBHA PARMAR (Nairobi, 1955). Parmar is a British filmmaker born in Kenya and of Indian descent, whose family moved to England when she was 11 years old. Internationally known for her political and often controversial documentary work, as well as for her activism in feminist and lesbian rights movements worldwide. She has worked with a large number of renowned artists and activists and with public figures from around the world.

Parmar uses her camera with the express purpose of benefitting women around the world. By focusing its lens on internationally marginalized communities and peoples, her contribution to human rights and education throughout the world has been crucial. His films are marked by political complexity and visual richness, taking up the themes of women’s strength, racial and cultural oppression and the lives of LGBTI people in South Asia. She is known for being inspired by women’s humour, ingenuity and daily life and in visionary narration to articulate the realities and dreams of feminist and LGBTI women, as well as the life of the South Asian diaspora.

Parmar divides her time between living in Berkeley, California and in London.



REBECCA CLOSE (London, 1987). Researcher, writer and translator. She experiments with research methodologies and artistic production from feminism perspectives. She is the author of ‘Valid, Virtual, Vegetable Reality’, for which she received the Melita Hume Prize in 2017.

Dissidència sexual i feminismes negres en els moviments black british (1979-actualitat)