ARTCENA collects documentary resources for each text selected by Contxto network : an English-subtitled interview of the author and a documented file in English to help artistic groups who want to know more about those texts.
Marine Bachelot Nguyen, Penda Diouf and Karima El Kharraze
Translated by Jasmine Claude-Narcisse
Sisters is a trio of texts in which three female authors set out in search of their ancestors. With perspective and humour, they delve into family memories, tease out sensitive narratives around histories of colonisation, diaspora and immigration, reassess their ideas of feminism, and cultivate their sisterhoods.
Two Sisters by Marine Bachelot Nguyen parallels the heroic story of the Trung sisters, Vietnamese military leaders in the 1st century AD, with that of the author's Vietnamese grandmother and her sister, women whose lives may seem less obviously heroic, but who experienced the upheavals of war in Vietnam and exile in France.
Sutures by Penda Diouf explores childhood memories, black-and-white photos and distorted television images, taking us on a fragmented journey through the author's family memories in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, and France. This genealogical investigation seeks to reweave ancestral fabrics, return to mythical sources, fill gaps, and rebuild dignity.
Karima El Kharraze's The Saddlebag and the Undefeated is a family story revolving around a mysterious and coveted bag belonging to the author's grandfather. The story moves back and forth between rural Morocco under colonisation, Alsace, where her grandfather fought for France, and the author’s youth, interrogating themes of female lineage and silent resistance.