We often fear change, but the disruption of truths, ideals and the status quo have produced some of the most transformative movements in history. The University of Kent Postgraduate Arts Festival is proud to present this year’s theme of
Chaos and Order, with a series of free events in Paris that will challenge normalcy — bringing chaos into order and order out of chaos.
From 7 - 11 June, we invite you to join us in embracing chaos as an opportunity for personal, artistic and social growth.
Dr. Mame-Fatou Niang is a filmmaker and professor of French and Francophone studies at Carnegie-Mellon University. Her work is on contemporary France, Sub-Saharan Africa, postcolonialism, media studies, and urban planning.
Her documentary Mariannes Noires, which focuses on the Afro-French identities of seven women, was selected for the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Toronto Black Film Festival, and Festival International du Film Black Montréal, among others.
Dr. Mame-Fatou Niang
Program of Events
- Jun 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PMReid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006
- Jun 09, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PML'AiR Arts Association, 11 Cité Falguière, 75015
- Jun 08, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PMReid Hall, Salle de Conference, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006
I'm an art history student from Birmingham, UK, with dreams of working in museum curation and a love of video games and horror movies. I'm passionate about the arts and their role in the community and I'm excited to be working with a fabulous team to bring the festival to life, as well as collaborating with great creatives across Paris. Now if only it required fewer spreadsheets...
KENT PARIS SOCIETY PRESIDENT
I am a writer, curator and artist delving into the political nature of all forms of artistic expression. A queer, intersectional feminist, I replace water with Coke, trip on my own two feet, hoard photographs, and have a diploma in the art of using humour as a defence mechanism.
As a filmmaker, I have always been equally preoccupied by the uncanny, the macabre, the absurd, as with the delicate, the graceful and the transcendent. Hailing from South East coast of England and graduating from Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporians, in Tourcoing, I am now studying the History and Philosophy of Art in Paris.
WRITING & LIT CURATION
EDITOR IN CHIEF:
I am a creative writing student at the University of Kent in Paris, with aspirations towards professorship. I am also the editor in chief of THE MENTEUR, a postgraduate student-run and published arts magazine. I am very excited be launching the magazine at this year's Postgraduates Arts Festival!
WRITING & LIT LIASON
I grew up with my nose in books, paint under my nails, and my fingers ticking away at piano keys. My goal is to write for genre television, and I'm greatly inspired by Issa Rae and Ava Duvernay. I cultivate my passion for entertainment and the art of storytelling by thriving on the unconventional and the inspirational.
I am a journalist and creative currently based in Paris. With previous work published at places like Dazed Digital and Bricks, I’m fascinated by the constant dialogue of culture and how we perceive it. I’m thrilled to be working on the MA festival exhibition as a curator.
I am a writer who has worked for TCM and FilmStruck and written under the moniker The Cinephiliac. I have contributed to Time and Pretty Clever Films and have served as a panelist and moderator at Dragon Con Festival. I am also the author of the upcoming book TCM Underground: 50 Must-See Films from the World of Classic Cult and Late-Night Cinema.
PATRICK TANELLA (he/him)
FILM & ARTS CURATION
I am a member of the History and Philosophy of Art program at Kent, and have an interdisciplinary interest in media studies. I will be assisting with curation, film programs, and attaining lecturers.
I am an art history student who has previously worked for the Toronto International Film Festival. I hope one day to find a career in film programming to showcase under-seen and foreign films to the general public. I am so excited to be working at this year’s festival to bring film screenings into the heart of Paris!
WRITING & LIT CURATION
I arrived in France four years ago, with the not so uncommon desire to live the writer's life in Paris. Since then I have become Treasurer of Paris Lit Up, an anglophone literary association that hosts Open Mic events and publishes a yearly magazine. I am passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration and the community it creates. Even though my roots are in the lyrical world, I have tried to burst out of that bubble by working more on prose. Et voilà, this year I finished writing my first novel.