Colonist, Thief, Give the Child Back
Anne Cath, Rosa Gómez Villoro, Daniela Ortiz, Linda Porn and Fatima Zouiri
Resistance to racist and patriarchal violence against single-mother, migrant, racialised and poor families
With Anne Cath, Rosa Gómez Villoro, Daniela Ortiz, Linda Porn and Fatima Zouiri
Tuesday 9th July, 6pm. Floor 0
Free entrance. Limited places
This meeting forms part of the project entitled This Land Will Never Be Fertile for Having Given Birth to Colonisers, a proposal by Daniela Ortiz for La Virreina Centre de la Imatge that will be presented as an exhibition from November 2019.
The institutional policies imposed on children within the context of Barcelona respond to capitalist, racist, misogynist and patriarchal ways of understanding child rearing, family and life.
In recent years, thousands of children have been forcibly separated from their mothers and families and subsequently confined to children’s centres managed by private companies, while some have been made available to the national and international adoption industry, and even subjected to violent laws and racist policies like the Spanish Foreigners Act. Others, such as foreign children living without their mothers or fathers, are faced with xenophobia and institutional violence of a colonial nature. Moreover, it has been found that children without mothers or fathers in Spain are denied their basic needs, and children with their mothers here are shut away or put up for adoption.
Participating in the meeting entitled Colonist, Thief, Give the Child Back. Resistance to racist and patriarchal violence against single-mother, migrant, racialised and poor families are Rosa Gómez, spokesperson for Marea Turquesa; Daniela Ortiz, artist and antiracist militant; Anne Cath, political anti-racism activist; Fatima Zouiri, activist for foreign children’s rights; Natalia Cabezas, Chilean artist and activist for the rights of children to be with their mothers; and Linda Pornsanchez, slut, immigrant, artist and single mum, who aim to recount this violence based on their personal experiences, as interpreted from the viewpoints of feminism and anti-racism, and of the legal and institutional mechanisms used by this patriarchal power to break the family and community ties of poor, migrant and racialised families. The meeting also seeks to raise visibility and strengthen collective and individual resistance to such institutional violence.