In its yearly festival, Courtisane 2014 (April 2-6, Ghent, Belgium) presents a kaleidoscopic mosaic of styles, media, gestures, languages and emotions; a patchwork of recent and historical works that share an insatiable hunger for experimentation, a personal signature, and a sense of resistance. The main core of this year's programme will include recents and classic works from artists such as Leslie Thornton, Peter Emmanuel Goldman, Laure Prouvost, Ben Rivers & Ben Russell, Laida Lertxundi, Gary Beydler, Bruce Baillie, Nathaniel Dorsky, Alexandra Cuesta, Morgan Fisher, Camille Henrot, Gregory Markopoulos, Robert Beavers, Olivier Dekegel, Sarah Vanagt, Black Audio Film Collective and Larry Gottheim among many others.
This edition's "Artist in Focus" is Ken Jacobs, who will be the protagonist of several dedicated screenings and a performance with composer and visual artist Aki Onda. The programme "Across the Margins, Beyond the Pale: Re-imagining the post-colonial" will include films by Kidlat Tahimik, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Med Hondo, Carlos Mayolo & Luis Ospina, Nelson Pereira dos Santos and Glauber Rocha.
The festival will also feature several musical and performatic events with Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda, Julius Eastman (works for 4 pianos), Wanda Group, Christina Vantzou, Angela Melitopoulos & Bettina Knaup and Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri.