LOOKING B(L)ACK SYMPOSIUM – TRAVEL AS GAZE REVERSAL, Brussels, Oct 19th-20th 2018
Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, this October Afropean hosts a Weekend at Bozar, Brussels Dedicated to the notion of Black Travel. Featuring live performances and readings by Zap Mama, Caryl Phillips, Tete-Michel Kpomassie (An African in Greenland) in conversation with Claude Grunitzky (True Africa), Jessica De Abreu (Black Archives), Lola Akinmade Akerstrom (Nat Geo), Bernardine Evaristo, Amina Jama, Catherine Johnson, Inua Ellams, Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha plus special guest Linton Kwesi Johnson!
A weekend of talks and performances dedicated to the notion of Black Travel, curated by Johny Pitts, TV host and author of the forthcoming publication ‘Afropean: Documenting Black Europe’.
Within the general notion of travelling, we will look to complicate an area overly hinged on white, masculine, heteronormative experiences, and celebrate the gaze of a diverse group travelers who are often ignored.
Inspired by the conviviality and international politics of the Harlem Renaissance, the Negritude Movement, and postwar African Independence, BOZAR Brussels will set the stage for a weekend of art, photography, historical narratives, poetry performances, live music and panel discussions, followed by a guided decolonial tour of Brussels, bringing to life the myriad ways members of the Black community experience the world through travelling. The weekend will also mark a relaunch and rebranding of Afropean.com!
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