If it were my turn to speak, 2017

Installation, video (11’16”) on monitor, steel frames, polystyrene foam, black board paint, chalk

[from text exhibition booklet]

For the piece If it were my turn to speak, Olthof traced the stories of three women who were born in the 1920s and 1930s: Andrée Blouin, who was born in the Central African Republic and became Chief of Protocol under Patrice Lumumba (the assassinated first democratically elected prime minister of independent Congo); Pauline Opango Lumumba from Congo, who was Lumumba’s wife at the time of his assassination; and queen Fabiola, born in Spain and queen of Belgium during the decolonization of Congo. By bringing these three women together in her work Olthof endeavours to draw a picture of the complex position of women in the anticolonial struggle.

The title is a quote of Andrée Blouin

Commissioned by Kiosk, Ghent for the exhibition Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power 27.04.17 – 16.06.17 curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez en Wim Waelput.

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power combines an exhibition with a public program of lectures, panel discussions, performances and screenings to present stories and testimonies from the history of feminist struggle in Belgium and beyond.