Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor

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Muttererde calls for femme forms of ancestral history in the face of the often interrupted historical knowledge of the African diaspora in Europe and elsewhere. What are rituals, teachings and abilities passed on from our matriarchs? How do these inherited skills serve us or inhibit us today? The conversations with five black femmes on the knowledge and non-knowledge of their mothers,  grandmothers, great grandmothers and as far back as the knowledge carries them create a rich and powerful archive. They explore themes of motherhood, migration, cultural differences, beauty standards, queerness, kinship, death and rebirth. Their stories, although from five different countries, intertwine to weave a tapestry of herstory through the African diaspora. Through their testimonies the viewer discovers that ritual, memory and oral history can challenge the status quo.

In collaboration with filmmaker Astrid Gleichmann.

Featuring the stories of Camalo Gaskin, Tobi Ayedadjou, Niv Acosta, Natalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Fannie Sosa

Supported by the Decentralized Cultural Work Tempelhof-Schöneberg, District Kunst und Kulturförderung Berlin and A Prima Vista Filmproduktion.

There will be a screening of Muttererde on Saturday July 18th at 3:15pm EST. To RSVP click here. Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor is an artist, filmmaker and community organizer. Her roots are in the Southern United States, born in Mississippi and bred in Florida. Taylor's work manifests through performance, text, dialogue, dance and community building for Black People and People of Color. Her work centers on themes of ritual, visibility and identity mythology. She is chiefly concerned with ways to dismantle oppressive institutions and the creation of racial equity in art and theater. She is currently based in Berlin and pursuing her Masters in Black British Literature at Goldsmiths University in London.