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Christine Eyene: We will not give you the satisfaction. A black perspective on gendered artistic discourses

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We will not give you the satisfaction … is a postscript on the project WHERE WE’RE AT! Other voices on gender curated by Christine Eyene at Bozar, Brussels in 2014. Conceived as an illustrated lecture/essay-in-progress, it proposes to revisit the route that has led to her interest in the representation of the black body in art, and gendered expressions, particularly female and queer.

Poised between African women’s narratives and the Black British context, from lived experience to theory and art practice, the presentation will address discourses and aesthetic strategies in politics of representation. It will also take a critical stance on the commodification of both the body and some strands of socio-politically oriented art, while seeking out ways to complexify an engagement with gender politics in art through non-object-based practices.

We will not give you the satisfaction… positions itself within an idea of refusal, looking at politics of space, art historical discourses, visual representation, through to ethics in curating. It also directly refers to a refusal of being silenced notably in light of highly mediatised cases of repression experienced by black women on the other side of the Atlantic who lost their lives for daring to be assertive or vocal in the face of an abusive white male authority. Presence, voice, sound, noise will therefore be key features in this presentation.


Christine Eyene is an art historian, critic and curator. She is a Guild Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire where she collaborates to Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual arts research project based at UCLan’s Centre for Contemporary Art, led by Professor Lubaina Himid.

She is also a doctoral student at Birkbeck, University of London, with Professor Annie E. Coombes, and is writing a thesis on South African photographer George Hallett.

Her areas of research and curatorial practice range from contemporary African and Diaspora arts, Black British arts, gendered art discourses, to non-object-based art practices notably sound art. Her other interests include:  urban cultures, music, design and socially-engaged initiatives.

Christine has curated exhibitions internationally and contributed articles and essays to art magazines and exhibition catalogues. She joined the acquisition committee of FRAC, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Reunion Island in September 2015 and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco’s scientific committee in August 2016.