Engaged dis-identifications, coLab#3: INCLUSION and the racial logics of legibility

On the fantasy-shelf of diversity, a collection of DOLLS on display.

Each doll with a TRY ME button: press it and she will say exactly what you always wanted to hear.

Buy one, get one free… They will forever be thankful to you!

Diversity shelf 2

Diversity shelf 1


Model minority:
“Don’t we look great (in the equity photo), Sir?”

“I will redeem you.”

Alibi friend:
“You are definitely NOT a racist!”

Cultural artifact:
“What would you like to know about me and my culture?”

Toilet cleaner:
“Always at your service, Madam!”

Child waiting to be rescued:
“Thank you for supporting me!”


Room ornament:
“I will keep myself small so that you can have space”

Music box ballerina:
“I am here to dance to make you feel wonderful”

 Erotic diva:
“Ready for your most exotic fantasies!”

 Piece of clay to be molded:
“Who should I be today to fit your agenda?”

Angry trouble maker:
“I will call it out and take the flak, so that you don’t have to.”

Your soul mate:
“You are white just on the outside, inside you are just like me.”

…cross the line, challenge the rank, reject the projections or dare reverse the power relationship and to the trash the threat must go.

Another doll bought in your place, after all, you are cheap.

The market is flooded with plastic merchandise: a mosaic of colourful bodies kept in place with white glue, many waiting impatiently to be on that shelf.

F**K IT! F**K IT!F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT! F**K IT!  F**K…

I was NOT born to please you,
to entertain you,
to be cared, praised or pitied by you

The reason for my existence
is NOT to make “you” happen,
to prove your innocence or to make the world better for you

My body is NOT an extension of your entitlements

Neither is yours of mine

I don’t want to hurt you,
to haunt you, to intimidate you,
to harm you, or to compete with you.

You cannot demand that I teach you,
that I help you, that I convince you,
that I serve you, or that I make you feel
what you hope to feel.

I just need to BE what I need to BE

Without having to negotiate these freaking boxes all the time

And I want the same freedom for you
But this freedom is not the same as unrestricted autonomy
Because it involves unlimited accountability

And that means I cannot tell you who to be or what to do because
upon respecting your existence depends
the integrity of my own

I wait for your readiness,
in this life, in this world,
to not turn your back to the responsibility
for facing and working through
the individual and collective shit
that prevents us from breathing together

Engaged dis-identifications is an artistic-pedagogic collaboration between Dani d’Emilia and Vanessa Andreotti that explores the workings of non-notional possibilities of co-existence through performative practices. It attempts to translate post-representational modes of engagement into embodied experiments that reconfigure the connections between reason, affect and relationality.
‘INCLUSION and the racial logics of legibility’ was co-created during the Vancouver global justice Living Lab (Canada, December 2017/January 2018) by Vanessa Andreotti, Dani d’Emilia, Kate Morales, Raphael Daibert, Tereza čajková, Rene Susa, Sharon Stein and Sarah Amsler.

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