The Redmond Summer Event on Saturday the 10th of August is a mini-festival that’s all about lounging in the intimate setting of the Tolhuistuin garden, sipping away summery drinks at our market space with amazing food, fashion, books and magazines whilst listening to live performances by woman musicians. We will also bring you an insightful and much needed debate about representations of women in the media, fashion and pop culture, followed by an after party that will make you dance like there’s no tomorrow!
Have you ever wondered why there are so few non-white women represented in fashion magazines and that magazines such as Vogue and Elle still use blackface to make white models look like Grace Jones? And why do black celebrities like Beyonce and Rihanna often appear on the covers of international fashion magazines with a lighter skin color than they actually have?
It’s an inescapable fact of life that most representations of womanhood in media, fashion and pop culture present a very narrow definition of the “normal” female body; white, thin, middle-class, heterosexual, with no apparent disabilities and not transgendered. When women of color are represented, they are often either stereotypical, whitewashed or used as tokens. How do we understand these beauty ideals and how do women who do not fit into this ideal deal with it? What changes need to be made to reflect the diversity and realities of women in media and pop culture?
Join our panel of media critics, media educators and media makers, Bel Parnell-Berry, Simone Zeefuik, Kim Dankoor, Tessa Boerman to discuss these questions and add your own experiences to the conversation!
Among other things, we’ll be having a conversation with academic, blogger and anti-racist campaigner about Invisible Bride, the blog she created to provide a more inclusive alternative to the mainstream wedding industry, which“pervasively perpetuates one type of wedding, bride and groom: weddings are white and expensive; brides are also white as well as thin while wearing white, being overzealous and demanding; grooms are mainly muted and gormless” (Invisible Bride). We’ll talk with Bel about how invisibilizing the wedding industry is towards anyone who doesn’t conform to a narrow standard of what a bride and groom should look like.
With documentary maker Tessa Boerman, we’ll be discussing and viewing parts of her documentary, Zwart Belicht, a look at representations of black people in Dutch paintings from the so called “Golden Age” and specifically representations of black women.
Who you can expect at the Redmond Summer Event (more fabulous people to follow):
Caribbean Diners Club | Savannah Bay | Na’omi Pariama | OnTheBlock | Chimurenga Chronic | Augustina Austin | Patricia Kaersenhout | Poema Jones
- Saturday , August 10th, 4 pm to 1 am
- 4 pm to 7.30 pm: Free entrance
- Tickets 7.30 pm to 1 am (with debate, performances and afterparty): €7
Stay tuned on our facebookpage and here on the blog for more updates as the line-up for the event grows!