Artist Saddie Choua will examine several themes as part of Contour Biennial 9: the psycho-physical trauma caused by racism and betrayal, but also the healing counterbalance that sisterhood can offer in processing trauma. Take Care of Yourself and Walk is a walk through Mechelen where the history of the city’s women is the starting point.
The walk starts at the entrance to the Kruidtuin in Mechelen (via Bruul)
This sisters’ walk is partly based on the herbal book by the Mechelen-born botanist Rembert Dodoens. Besides this, Choua takes a closer look at some local women in history during this walk and provides context on the women who have influenced her new work for Contour in Mechelen. They include women such as Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Chantal Akerman, Saïda Menebhi, Ingrid Jonker, Susan Sontag, Heiny Srour, Miriam Makeba, Fairuz, Sydney Loren Bennett, Rupa, Googoosh, Victoria Santa Cruz & Yma Sumac. Choua enters into a dialogue with them and her audience.
Sisterhood is a central theme during the walk. The question that concerns the artist and which she wants to investigate with the group of walkers is how we can connect our personal experiences and ensure that sisterhood leads to something new. The walk starts in the Kruidtuin (a park in Mechelen) and continues to the Vrijbroekpark. The walk ends with a dinner prepared by the artist and a lecture by Frida Kahlo.