Microhistòries de la diàspora
© Hélène Amouzou

Microhistories of the Diaspora
«Embodied» experiences of female dispersion

14.03.2018 – 19.03.2019

Experience as a social relationship and the everyday nature of the lived experience do not inhabit mutually exclusive spaces. The body plays a fundamental role in this interaction, to the extent that we cannot talk about power, about patriarchy, about colonialism and about imperialism if we don't talk about what happens to women's bodies [Notes on Cartographies of the diáspora (Avtar Brah, Psychology Press, 1996) by Virginia Negro].

Created by La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Supported by Pla Barcelona Interculturalitat
Curated by Tania Adam


Avtar Brah's work is an invitation to think in terms of «diasporic space», a concept that goes further than that of diaspora since it concerns «those limits that include and exclude, the limit that separates belongingness from otherness, ‘us’ and ‘them’». Based on Brah's research, this exhibition inquiries about the specific effects of race, gender, class or language on diasporic subjectivities. We will start from the idea of embodied experience, that is to say the series of juxtapositions, interrogations, transgressions and mediations that are written, individually and collectively, on the multiple singular reinventions that comprise diversity, together with the intimate, imperceptible subversion of our categories of differentiation, and the notion of identity itself.

Microhistories of the Diaspora intends to create a space that permits us to question, to reconsider and to listen from a common epistemology: that of racialized, migrant women, but also that of «those who stay put», all those who dissent from hegemonic narratives and from their discriminatory, static subaltern condition through their activists' stories, their gnosiologies of Southern identities, their literary voices, their self-referential and artistic wisdoms. The women in this project want to understand the impact of economic, political, cultural and psychic processes in the everyday life of each subject. They also describe their own experience inside these multiple intersections, through fruitful dialogues in multiple perspectives and analytic structures.





Wednesday, March 14th, 7pm
Espai 4
Avtar Brah
Inherent differences: a diasporic perspective
Moderated by Brigitte Vasallo, with the participation of Lola López (Comisionada de Inmigración, Interculturalidad y Diversidad del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona)

Thrusday, March 15th, 7pm
Virreina LAB
Microhistories – concealed fragilities
A multidisciplinary space
With Kira Bermúdez, Úrsula Santa Cruz, Anyely Marín Cisneros and Najat El Hachmi

Friday, March 16th, 7pm
Virreina LAB
Gabriela Wiener. Visuals by Adiva Koenigsberg
The Poetics of Migration

Participants of March:

AVTAR BRAH (Panjab), emeritus professor of Sociology in the Birkbeck College, University of London, specialised in ethnic identities and a member of several activist organizations that advocate for black feminism. In her works, born from her activist experience, Brah explores the intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicity, class and age from a multi-axis framework of power. Author of Cartographies of Diaspora: Contesting Identities (Spanish edition: Cartografías de la Diáspora. Identidades en Cuestión, Traficantes de sueños, 2011.)

BRIGITTE VASALLO (Barcelona, 1973), writer by fits and stars, occasional journalist, intercultural mediator, advocate of alternative sexual and affective relations and feminist. Author of the novel PornoBurka, Ediciones cautivas, 2013.

GABRIELA WIENER (Lima, 1975), writer, poet and journalist. Her books include Sexografías, Melusina, 2008; Nueve Lunas, Random House Mondadori, 2010 and Llamada perdida, Malpaso, 2015.

KIRA BERMÚDEZ (Minnesota, 1959), intercultural mediator and social educator, translator and occasional writer. Co-author of Mediación Intercultural: una propuesta para la formación, Agapea, 2002.

ÚRSULA SANTA CRUZ (Lima, 1966), community psychologist, focused on violence against women from an intersectional and decolonial perspective. Writer and advisor in autobiography writing workshops for women.

ANYELY MARÍN CISNEROS (Caracas, 1976), researcher in the areas of critical pedagogy and subjectivity, through decolonial methodologies and dissident sexualities. Cultural and artistic production.

NAJAT EL HACHMI (Nador, 1979), writher. Author of the novels Yo también soy catalana, Columna, 2004; El último patriarca, Planeta, 2008; La cazadora de cuerpos, Planeta, 2011, and La hija extranjera, Planeta, 2015.

ADIVA KOENIGSBERG (New York, 1980), visual artist and photographer.

TANIA ADAM (Maputo, 1979), journalist; culture producer. Founder and chief editor in Radio Africa Magazine. TV Host in Terrícoles betevé and radio host in radio africa @beteve 91.0 Fm.




Tuesday, June 19th, 7pm
Virreina LAB
Microhistories – alienating social myths of everyday life
A multidisciplinary space
With Karo Moret Miranda, Carlos Delclos, Cristina Velázquez and Rebecca Close

Wednesday, June 20th, 6.30pm
Virreina LAB
Daniela Ortiz and Sirin Adlbi Sibai
Identities and Resistence
Moderated by Tania Adam

Thursday, June 21th, 7pm
Virreina LAB
Beatriz Leal Riesco
Affection, anxiety and fractures of estrangement – «accented cinema»



Wednesday, November 7th, 7pm
Virreina LAB
Microhistories – obsolete re/presentations
A multidisciplinary space
With Duen Sacchi, Lucía Piedra Galarraga, Remei Sipi and Nadia Ghulam

Thursday, November 8th, 7pm
Virreina LAB
Microhistories – activism from otherness
A multidisciplinary space
With Brigitte Vasallo, Paqui Perona, Rosa Sánchez and Bombo N’dir


MARCH 2019

Tuesday 19th March, 7.30 pm
Virreina LAB
Pratibha Parmar
Sexual dissent and black feminisms inside the black british movements (1979-nowadays)
Moderated by Rebecca Close