Jet Set – Le Coupé Décalé
Talk by Soro Solo
La Jet-Set is a current fashion style originating from Paris and Abidjan that is immediately connected to the musical movement Sagacité and the dance style Le Coupé Décalé. Remarkably, the movement developed outside Ivory Coast in Paris and London and promotes a abundant and luxurious lifestyle. In the light of Inory Coast’s economic and political crisis, this movement seems to ignore the sociocritical issues and patriotic messages, in order to escape the ideology of everyday life and live an extravagant life.
Soro Solo is journalist and radio editor focused on cultural issues. He lives in exile in Paris.
Style und urbane Kultur – Über die Problematik der wechselseitigen Einflüsse urbaner Kulturen am Beispiel von Abidjan und Paris
Talk by Binda N’gazolo, director
Binda N’gazolo performative talk will be about Le Ziguéhi, a lifestyle from Abidjan, that is carried by young men who organize within gangs and occupy urban territories. By wearing brand-name clothing, they disguise their precarious social situation. Physical workout and martial arts are an important part of their culture which is why the dance style Ziguéhi resembles martial arts. Their musical ways of expression are Logobi tchatche, a kind of slam, and rap music. By using their language Nouchi, they gain respect and attention on the streets. N’gazolo researched the living conditions and the exchange between the Ziguéhi scenes from Abidjan and Paris using the example of Slameurs Vogo Soutra, Abidjan. The group’s lyrics and choreographies make them urban narrators, uncovering the “hidden face” of their political and social surrounding.
Binda N’gazolo ist Regisseur, Erzähler und Schauspieler lebt in Abidjan und Paris.
Respect is dead, long live respect! – The cultural impact of Black Dress, Fashion and Style
Talk by Carol Tulloch
Carol Tulloch is curator at the Black Visual Culture Department of Victoria & Albert Musuem, London. Over the course of many years, she has been researching within the field of Black Culture and the relation between migration and clothing in the diaspora (mainly UK). Her talk will deal with stereotypes of Black Culture: a cultural agitator, promoter of urban authenticity or mediator of cultural heritage,
Briller et s’envoler – Glänzen, Schillern, Abheben und Davonfliegen. Über die Notwendigkeit, sich in einer europäischen Metropole selbst zu erfinden
Presentation by Astrid S. Klein