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I've Known Rivers | Black History Month Florence VI ed.

Waiting For Progetto RIVA | Zoom meeting
Speakers: Jems Kokobi with Dia Papa Demba 
Moderator: Justin Randolph Thompson

I’ve Known Rivers draws its title from a line in a 1920 poem by Langston Hughes that speaks of diaspora and lineage through the metaphor of rivers. This project looks to the artist Jems Kokobi reworking traditions and connecting his artistic practice to the sustainability of the natural environment through the material of wood and a response to deforestation’s impact on rivers, natural processes that have since been industrialized and a reflection on the reclaiming of the spiritual dimensions of this work. The artist, engaged in Afrocentric meditations on history and the bridging of the contemporary art world to activist tactics, is placed in dialogue with a local representative of the trade unions around tanneries connected to the Arno river and engaged in sustainability through technological processes and the rights of workers. The conversation is an interdisciplinary one placing practice and poetry side by side.

I’ve Known Rivers draws its title from a line in a 1920 poem by Langston Hughes that speaks of diaspora and lineage through the metaphor of rivers. This project looks to the artist Jems Kokobi reworking traditions and connecting his artistic practice to the sustainability of the natural environment through the material of wood and a response to deforestation’s impact on rivers, natural processes that have since been industrialized and a reflection on the reclaiming of the spiritual dimensions of this work. The artist, engaged in Afrocentric meditations on history and the bridging of the contemporary art world to activist tactics, is placed in dialogue with a local representative of the trade unions around tanneries connected to the Arno river and engaged in sustainability through technological processes and the rights of workers. The conversation is an interdisciplinary one placing practice and poetry side by side.

I've Known Rivers | Black History Month Florence VI ed.

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I’ve Known Rivers | Black History Month Florence VI ed. 2021

Waiting For Progetto RIVA
Intervengono: Jems Kokobi e Dia Papa Demba
Modera: Justin Randolph Thompson
In collaborazione con MAD Murate Art District

I’ve Known Rivers
Black History Month Florence VI ed. 2021
I’ve Known Rivers | Black History Month Florence VI ed. 2021

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Dia Papa Demba

President of the regional coordination of Tuscan foreigners' councils

Dia Papa Demba was born in Senegal in 1971 and has lived in Tuscany for 20 years. Since 2010 he is an Italian citizen. He lives in Pontedera where he is a  trade unionist, responsible for the tanning area and basin operator for crafts in the area of Livorno and Pisa. He has always worked in a tannery and was  president of the Council of Foreigners of the Municipality of Pontedera. He is currently president of the regional coordination of Tuscan foreigners’ councils  and councils engaged in associations. For several Italian based Senegalese associations he been involved with international cooperation projects with  Senegal.

Dia Papa Demba was born in Senegal in 1971 and has lived in Tuscany for 20 years. Since 2010 he is an Italian citizen. He lives in Pontedera where he is a  trade unionist, responsible for the tanning area and basin operator for crafts in the area of Livorno and Pisa. He has always worked in a tannery and was  president of the Council of Foreigners of the Municipality of Pontedera. He is currently president of the regional coordination of Tuscan foreigners’ councils  and councils engaged in associations. For several Italian based Senegalese associations he been involved with international cooperation projects with  Senegal.