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Black Archive Alliance

Volum III

Avviato nel 2018 Black Archive Alliance è un progetto di ricerca e formazione che mira ad evidenziare la ricerca radicata in documenti che riflettono le realtà e le storie di popolazioni africane, e della diaspora africana e la loro rappresentazione  negli di archivi e collezioni pubbliche e private nel contesto italiano.

La prima edizione ha creato una mappa virtuale di questa presenza archivistica nella città di Firenze con un catalogo che mira a supportare la ricerca futura e a fornire prospettive alternative.
La seconda edizione, realizzata tra settembre 2019- febbraio 2020 è basata su un tutoraggio tra ricercatori e studiosi e risiedono a Firenze con studenti legati a varie discipline e istituzioni.
La terza edizione nasce da una collaborazione tra un gruppo di cinque ricercatori afro-discendenti in diversi campi che hanno lavorato “in tandem” con gli artisti della YGBI Research Residency sulle connessioni fra il lavoro degli artisti e gli archivi materiali e immateriali

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Avviato nel 2018 Black Archive Alliance è un progetto di ricerca e formazione che mira ad evidenziare la ricerca radicata in documenti che riflettono le realtà e le storie di popolazioni africane, e della diaspora africana e la loro rappresentazione  negli di archivi e collezioni pubbliche e private nel contesto italiano.

La prima edizione ha creato una mappa virtuale di questa presenza archivistica nella città di Firenze con un catalogo che mira a supportare la ricerca futura e a fornire prospettive alternative.
La seconda edizione, realizzata tra settembre 2019- febbraio 2020 è basata su un tutoraggio tra ricercatori e studiosi e risiedono a Firenze con studenti legati a varie discipline e istituzioni.
La terza edizione nasce da una collaborazione tra un gruppo di cinque ricercatori afro-discendenti in diversi campi che hanno lavorato “in tandem” con gli artisti della YGBI Research Residency sulle connessioni fra il lavoro degli artisti e gli archivi materiali e immateriali radicati in Italia. Questa edizione estende le riflessione delle opere d’arte e la loro contestualizzazione.

Attraverso un approccio sperimentale di dialogo e di scambio, il progetto intende riflettere sulle modalità alternative per la visualizzazione della ricerca basata sugli archivi e arare il terreno academico.

Ricercatori/ Ricercatrice

SIMAO AMISTA

Simao Amista è un antropologo e dottore in scienze della formazione Italo-afrobrasiliano. Studioso di religioni e filosofie spirituali africane ed afrodiscendenti lavora da anni nel settore dell’accoglienza e della formazione.

JORDAN ANDERSON

Nato e cresciuto a Kingston Jamaica, Jordan Anderson è un giornalista di moda e cultura e direttore creativo con sede a Milano. Il suo lavoro spesso ingigantisce ed esplora temi politici all’interno e all’esterno dell’industria della moda, tra cui la razza, il genere, la sessualità, l’identità e l’etica culturale. Collabora a diverse pubblicazioni, tra cui Document Journal, Teen Vogue, Vogue Italia, The Face, ed è attualmente redattore e redattore online per Twin Magazine e nss magazine.

ANGELICA PESARINI

Angelica Pesarini è docente di Sociologia alla New York University di Firenze dove insegna “Black Italia”, un corso dedicato all’analisi delle intersezioni di razza, genere e cittadinanza in Italia. Ha conseguito un Ph.d. in Sociologia e Studi di Genere in Inghilterra e ha lavorato come docente di Genere, Razza e Sessualità all’università di Lancaster prima di riapprodare in Italia nel 2017. Il lavoro di ricerca di Pesarini si focalizza sulla performatività della razza nell’Italia coloniale e postcoloniale e si occupa anche della razzializzazione del discorso politico italiano contemporaneo. In precedenza Pesarini ha indagato le relazioni tra identità di genere e attività economiche presso alcune comunità Rom residenti a Roma, ed ha analizzato strategie di rischio, sopravvivenza e opportunità nel contesto della prostituzione minorile maschile, a Roma. Ha pubblicato diversi saggi accademici e ha partecipato a varie pubblicazioni collettanee.

JESSICA SARTIANI

Jessica Sartiani è un coffee trainer e coffee expert fiorentina.Con un padre italiano e una madre per metà filippina e per metà afroamericana è proprio dalle sue origini che parte il suo percorso come donna del caffè. Come operatrice formata e attenta alle recenti sotto culture del caffè ha iniziato suo lavoro in una delle caffetterie pioniere di questo prodotto selezionato, Ditta Artigianale, dieci anni fa, studiando e scoprendo tutto il lavoro che precede il servizio in caffetteria, dando importanza ai paesi produttori.

La sua esperienza si è evoluta con l’apertura del primo Speciality coffee in Italia, occupandosi della formazione dei baristi e dei clienti. Ha partecipato a vari competizioni come la Brewers cup, per migliorare il proprio contatto con il pubblico e arricchire il suo background e ha fatto parte a progetti di formazione in Honduras, in Lituania, nonché a diverse start-up di caffè locali. La sua formazione spazia dalle certificazioni SCA come Barista, Brewing, Latte art, al primo corso della Hydraulics Foundation e al Coffee Science Certificate. Nell’ultimo anno ha lavorato in collaborazione con nuovi Speciality Roasters, organizzando corsi e con torrefattori commerciali che vogliono avvicinarsi al mondo dello Speciality e dei caffè tracciabili.

PATRICK JOEL TATCHEDA YONKEU

Patrick Joël Tatcheda Yonkeu è nato in Camerun nel 1985, vive e lavora a Bologna. Trasferitosi in Italia dal 2009 dove ottiene una borsa di studio per l’Accademia delle Belle Arti di Bologna e ha conseguito il Master in arti visive nel 2016 con un progetto di ricerca sul tema dello Zen nelle arti. Questo suo interesse per la metafisica rimane la base della sua pratica, che riguarda le relazioni tra gli esseri umani e la natura e il nostro posto nell’universo, ricerca forme di spiritualità più adatte ai nostri tempi. La sua ricerca si fonda sull’idea dell’esistenza come flusso armonico il cui equilibrio deve essere preservato e spesso si riferisce a temi di vita e morte, il visibile e l’invisibile e l’energia nelle sue infinite forme. Approfondisce questa ricerca attraverso numerose collaborazioni tra Africa e Italia e creando seminari di pittura interculturale con scuole e associazioni dell’Emilia-Romagna

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Black History Month Florence

Curatorial team

Black History Month Florence was founded in 2016 is a cross institutional network for Black cultural production that celebrates Afro-descendent Cultures in the context of Italy. The initiative is engaged in programming, advising and co-promoting over 50 events annually within the month of February, through a network formed and supported by the Comune, foundations, institutions, cultural associations, museums, schools and venues dedicated to art and to music. BHMF as a curatorial team is headed by Justin Randolph Thompson and Janine Gaelle Dieudji.

Black History Month Florence was founded in 2016 is a cross institutional network for Black cultural production that celebrates Afro-descendent Cultures in the context of Italy. The initiative is engaged in programming, advising and co-promoting over 50 events annually within the month of February, through a network formed and supported by the Comune, foundations, institutions, cultural associations, museums, schools and venues dedicated to art and to music. BHMF as a curatorial team is headed by Justin Randolph Thompson and Janine Gaelle Dieudji.

Justin Randolph Thompson

co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

Justin Randolph Thompson is a new media artist, cultural facilitator and educator born in Peekskill, NY in ’79. Living between Italy and the US since 1999, Thompson is Co-Founder and Director of Black History Month Florence, a multi-faceted exploration of African and African Diasporic cultures in the context of Italy founded in 2016.
Thompson is a recipient of a Louise Comfort Tiffany Award, a Franklin Furnace Fund Award, a Visual Artist Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, A Jerome Fellowship from Franconia Sculpture Park and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. His life and work seek to deepen the discussions around socio-cultural stratification and hierarchical organization by employing fleeting temporary communities as monuments and fostering projects that connect academic discourse social activism and DIY networking strategies in annual and biennial gathering, sharing and gestures of collectivity.

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Justin Randolph Thompson is a new media artist, cultural facilitator and educator born in Peekskill, NY in ’79. Living between Italy and the US since 1999, Thompson is Co-Founder and Director of Black History Month Florence, a multi-faceted exploration of African and African Diasporic cultures in the context of Italy founded in 2016.
Thompson is a recipient of a Louise Comfort Tiffany Award, a Franklin Furnace Fund Award, a Visual Artist Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, A Jerome Fellowship from Franconia Sculpture Park and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. His life and work seek to deepen the discussions around socio-cultural stratification and hierarchical organization by employing fleeting temporary communities as monuments and fostering projects that connect academic discourse social activism and DIY networking strategies in annual and biennial gathering, sharing and gestures of collectivity.

 

 

Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito

Black History Month Florence 2020

An exhibition that examines the implementation of social obligations towards dirty work, the shortcomings of cultural assimilation, the silencing of histories and the politics of respectability.

The artists in the exhibition each draw upon experiences of a periods of permanence in Italy that pushes them to engage the cities of Rome, Umbertide, Milan and Florence as sites for cultural production with the need to engage history while not falling victim to it.

Activist Pape Diaw, in a 2013 interview spoke of “…sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito “, literally getting our hands dirty to do a clean job. This contradiction is at the core of a social context where dirty work is engaged in to maintain a status governed by the politics of respectability and social policing.

The exhibition, curated by Black History Month Florence, as part of the 5th edition of BHMF, in collaboration with Villa Romana (Florence), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Umbertide) and Galleria Continua (San Gim

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An exhibition that examines the implementation of social obligations towards dirty work, the shortcomings of cultural assimilation, the silencing of histories and the politics of respectability.

The artists in the exhibition each draw upon experiences of a periods of permanence in Italy that pushes them to engage the cities of Rome, Umbertide, Milan and Florence as sites for cultural production with the need to engage history while not falling victim to it.

Activist Pape Diaw, in a 2013 interview spoke of “…sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito “, literally getting our hands dirty to do a clean job. This contradiction is at the core of a social context where dirty work is engaged in to maintain a status governed by the politics of respectability and social policing.

The exhibition, curated by Black History Month Florence, as part of the 5th edition of BHMF, in collaboration with Villa Romana (Florence), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Umbertide) and Galleria Continua (San Gimignano), presents the work of 6 international artists who have used the Italian context as a place of artistic production. A series of transversal works leads to a reworking of stereotyped notions of Made in Italy that tend to exclude Afro-descendents, revealing colonial attitudes and inviting and breaking preconceptions.

An insistence on personal narratives as an override to the flattened projections of Blackness, the construction of bridges between a colonial past and a neo-colonial contemporary reality and the ethereality of monumentality all infuse these works with a meditation on the past as a marker of what’s to come.

Together they form a harmonic melody that is discordant with the prescribed, centralized, consumed narrative but finds just enough alignment to relay its power to enrich the age-old tune

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M’barek Bouhchichi

Visual artist

Born in 1975, Akka, Morocco, he lives and works in Tahanaout next to Marrakech where he teaches art. Using painting, sculpture, drawing or even video, M’barek Bouhchichi develops his work through a tentative language grounded on the exploration of the limits between our internal discourse and its extension towards the outer world, the actual, the other. He places his works at the crossroad between the aesthetic and the social, exploring associated fields as possibilities for self-definition.

Recently, his work has been exhibited as a solo show Les mains noires (Kulte, Rabat, Morocco, 2016), as collective exhibition Documents bilingues (MUCEM, Marseille, France, 2017), as well as Le Maroc contemporain (Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 2014), Between walls (Le 18, Marrakech, Morocco, 2017).

Born in 1975, Akka, Morocco, he lives and works in Tahanaout next to Marrakech where he teaches art. Using painting, sculpture, drawing or even video, M’barek Bouhchichi develops his work through a tentative language grounded on the exploration of the limits between our internal discourse and its extension towards the outer world, the actual, the other. He places his works at the crossroad between the aesthetic and the social, exploring associated fields as possibilities for self-definition.

Recently, his work has been exhibited as a solo show Les mains noires (Kulte, Rabat, Morocco, 2016), as collective exhibition Documents bilingues (MUCEM, Marseille, France, 2017), as well as Le Maroc contemporain (Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 2014), Between walls (Le 18, Marrakech, Morocco, 2017).

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Adji Dieye

Photographer

Adji Dieye is an ItaloSenegalese photographer born in Milan in 1991. She graduated in New Technologies for Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. Over the past years she has been traveling between Milan and Dakar, focusing her research on the influence of advertisement in the African visual culture. Her work explores different facets of West African societies; the influence of advertising in the construction of a national identity and the syncretic spirituality that remains central to African communities.

Adji Dieye’s artistic practice pushes the boundaries of photography in an attempt to investigate the archetypes that constitute African visual cultures. In her research, the continent is never considered an end in itself; instead, it represents a bridge towards further investigations into broader social and geopolitical realities.

Adji Dieye is an ItaloSenegalese photographer born in Milan in 1991. She graduated in New Technologies for Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. Over the past years she has been traveling between Milan and Dakar, focusing her research on the influence of advertisement in the African visual culture. Her work explores different facets of West African societies; the influence of advertising in the construction of a national identity and the syncretic spirituality that remains central to African communities.

Adji Dieye’s artistic practice pushes the boundaries of photography in an attempt to investigate the archetypes that constitute African visual cultures. In her research, the continent is never considered an end in itself; instead, it represents a bridge towards further investigations into broader social and geopolitical realities.

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Sasha Huber

Photographer, video artist, performer

Sasha Huber (CH/FI) is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1975. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Huber’s work is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residue left in the environment. Sensitive to the subtle threads connecting history and the present, she uses and responds to archival material within a layered creative practice that encompasses performance-based interventions, video, photography, and collaborations. Huber is also claiming the compressed-air staple gun, aware of its symbolic significance as a weapon, while offering the potential to renegotiate unequal power dynamics. She is known for her artistic research contribution to the Demounting Louis Agassiz campaign, aiming at dismantling the glaciologist’s lesser-known but contentious racist heritage. This long-term project (since 2008) has been concerned with unearthing and redressing the little-known history

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Sasha Huber (CH/FI) is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1975. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Huber’s work is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residue left in the environment. Sensitive to the subtle threads connecting history and the present, she uses and responds to archival material within a layered creative practice that encompasses performance-based interventions, video, photography, and collaborations. Huber is also claiming the compressed-air staple gun, aware of its symbolic significance as a weapon, while offering the potential to renegotiate unequal power dynamics. She is known for her artistic research contribution to the Demounting Louis Agassiz campaign, aiming at dismantling the glaciologist’s lesser-known but contentious racist heritage. This long-term project (since 2008) has been concerned with unearthing and redressing the little-known history and cultural legacies of the Swiss-born naturalist and glaciologist Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), an influential proponent of “scientific” racism who advocated for segregation and “racial hygiene”. Huber has had solo exhibitions such as at the Hasselblad Foundation (Project Room) in Gothenburg and participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the 56th la Biennale di Venezia in 2015 (collateral exhibition: Frontier Reimagined), the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014, and in the 29th Biennial of São Paulo in 2010.

Sasha Huber

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Delio Jasse

Photographer

Delio Jasse was born in 1980 in Luanda, Angola and lives and works in Milan. In his photographic work, he often interweaves found images with clues from past lives (found passport photos, family albums) to draw links between photography – in particular the concept of the ‘latent image’ – and memory.

Jasse is also known for experimenting with analogue photographic printing processes, including cyanotype, platinum and early printing processes such as ‘Van Dyke Brown’, as well as developing his own printing techniques.

Recent exhibitions include: MAXXI, Rome (2018); Villa Romana, Florence (2018); Biennale dell’immagine, Lugano (solo, 2017); Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm (2017); SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2017); Bamako Encounters, Bamako (2017); Lagos Biennial, Lagos (2017); Tiwani Contemporary, London (solo, 2016); Walther Collection Project Space, NY (2016); Dak’art Biennale international exhibition (2016); and the Angolan Pavilion, 56th Venice

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Delio Jasse was born in 1980 in Luanda, Angola and lives and works in Milan. In his photographic work, he often interweaves found images with clues from past lives (found passport photos, family albums) to draw links between photography – in particular the concept of the ‘latent image’ – and memory.

Jasse is also known for experimenting with analogue photographic printing processes, including cyanotype, platinum and early printing processes such as ‘Van Dyke Brown’, as well as developing his own printing techniques.

Recent exhibitions include: MAXXI, Rome (2018); Villa Romana, Florence (2018); Biennale dell’immagine, Lugano (solo, 2017); Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm (2017); SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2017); Bamako Encounters, Bamako (2017); Lagos Biennial, Lagos (2017); Tiwani Contemporary, London (solo, 2016); Walther Collection Project Space, NY (2016); Dak’art Biennale international exhibition (2016); and the Angolan Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015). He was one of three finalists in the BES Photo Prize (2014) and won the Iwalewa Art Award in 2015.

Delio Jasse

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Amelia Umuhire

Video artist, director

Amelia Umuhire, born 1991 in Kigali Rwanda, lives as an artist and filmmaker in Berlin. In 2015 she wrote and filmed her first web series, Polyglot, in which she follows young deracinated London- and Berlin-based Rwandese artists with her camera. The series has been shown at numerous festivals, including the Festival D’Angers, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Geneva International Film Festival, where it was named Best International Web Series in 2015. Her short film Mugabo is an experimental short film set in Kigali. It explores the question of how to return to one´s homeland and how to deal with the past. In 2017 it was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Blackstar Film Festival and is currently touring festivals in North America and amongst others screened at MOCA Los Angeles, the MCA Chicago, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Smithsonian African American Film Festival. In 2018 Amelia Umuhire produced the radio feature Vaterland for the German radio station Deutschlandfun

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Amelia Umuhire, born 1991 in Kigali Rwanda, lives as an artist and filmmaker in Berlin. In 2015 she wrote and filmed her first web series, Polyglot, in which she follows young deracinated London- and Berlin-based Rwandese artists with her camera. The series has been shown at numerous festivals, including the Festival D’Angers, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Geneva International Film Festival, where it was named Best International Web Series in 2015. Her short film Mugabo is an experimental short film set in Kigali. It explores the question of how to return to one´s homeland and how to deal with the past. In 2017 it was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Blackstar Film Festival and is currently touring festivals in North America and amongst others screened at MOCA Los Angeles, the MCA Chicago, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Smithsonian African American Film Festival. In 2018 Amelia Umuhire produced the radio feature Vaterland for the German radio station Deutschlandfunk Kultur. It tells the story of her father Innocent Seminega as a young student, teacher, husband and father until his death at the hands of the Hutu extremists. In February this year Umuhire had her first solo exhibition at Decad Berlin.

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Nari Ward

Fotografo, video artista, scultore

Nari Ward (nato nel 1963 a St. Andrew, Giamaica; vive e lavora a New York) è noto per le sue installazioni scultoree composte da materiale di scarto trovato e raccolto nel suo quartiere. Ha riutilizzato oggetti come passeggini, carrelli della spesa, bottiglie, porte, televisori, registratori di cassa e lacci delle scarpe.

Ward ricontestualizza questi oggetti trovati in giustapposizioni stimolanti che creano significati metaforici complessi per affrontare questioni sociali e politiche che circondano la razza, la povertà e la cultura del consumo. Lascia intenzionalmente aperto il significato del suo lavoro, consentendo allo spettatore di fornire la propria interpretazione.

Mostre personali del suo lavoro sono state organizzate presso l’Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); SocratesSculpture Park, New York (2017); The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia (2016); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2015); Savannah College of Art e Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2015); Museo d’ar

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Nari Ward (nato nel 1963 a St. Andrew, Giamaica; vive e lavora a New York) è noto per le sue installazioni scultoree composte da materiale di scarto trovato e raccolto nel suo quartiere. Ha riutilizzato oggetti come passeggini, carrelli della spesa, bottiglie, porte, televisori, registratori di cassa e lacci delle scarpe.

Ward ricontestualizza questi oggetti trovati in giustapposizioni stimolanti che creano significati metaforici complessi per affrontare questioni sociali e politiche che circondano la razza, la povertà e la cultura del consumo. Lascia intenzionalmente aperto il significato del suo lavoro, consentendo allo spettatore di fornire la propria interpretazione.

Mostre personali del suo lavoro sono state organizzate presso l’Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); SocratesSculpture Park, New York (2017); The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia (2016); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2015); Savannah College of Art e Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2015); Museo d’arte della Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (2014); The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2011); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (2011); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2002); e Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2001, 2000).

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Justin Randolph Thompson su BHMF 2020

Artista e Direttore Black History Month Florence | Residenza d'artista e Mostra 2020

Justin Randolph Thompson
Artista e Direttore Black History Month Florence | Residenza d'artista e Mostra 2020
Justin Randolph Thompson su BHMF 2020

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Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito BHMF 2019 Introduction by the curator

Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

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Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

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Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito BHMF 2019 Justin Randolph Thompson about Amelia Umuhire

Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

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Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

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Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

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Janine Gaëlle Dieudji su M'Barek Bouhchichi

Janine Gaëlle Dieudji su M'Barek Bouhchichi
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Black Archive Alliance

Black History Month Florence 2020

A Villa Romana project in collaboration with Black History Month Florence

Black Archive Alliance brings an unusual perspective to Florence: that of nine students searching for signs of an African presence in the city. The project, which resulted from the collaboration between the Villa Romana and Black History Month Florence and which is now in its second edition, interweaves different areas and time periods. The narratives that emerged from this excavation exercise are fragments of a little-known, if not completely unknown Florence and its political, social and economic entanglements with Africa, Africans and the Diaspora since the 15th century.

The work ranges from research centres par excellence, such as the Biblioteca Laurenziana and the Archivio del Risorgimento, to study centres known mainly to specialists, such as the Istituto Agronomico dell’Oltremare (now one of the headquarters of the Italian Agency for International Cooperation) and the Istituto Geografico Militare, to pri

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A Villa Romana project in collaboration with Black History Month Florence

Black Archive Alliance brings an unusual perspective to Florence: that of nine students searching for signs of an African presence in the city. The project, which resulted from the collaboration between the Villa Romana and Black History Month Florence and which is now in its second edition, interweaves different areas and time periods. The narratives that emerged from this excavation exercise are fragments of a little-known, if not completely unknown Florence and its political, social and economic entanglements with Africa, Africans and the Diaspora since the 15th century.

The work ranges from research centres par excellence, such as the Biblioteca Laurenziana and the Archivio del Risorgimento, to study centres known mainly to specialists, such as the Istituto Agronomico dell’Oltremare (now one of the headquarters of the Italian Agency for International Cooperation) and the Istituto Geografico Militare, to private collections in Palazzo Pitti with the treasure of the Grand Dukes. The second edition of Black Archive Alliance was carried out as a tutoring format with teachers and scholars in tandem with students, guiding their research. The project collaborated with scholars from Università degli Studi Firenze, Studio Arts College International, NYU Florence, Villa I Tatti, Syracuse University Florence, Santa Reparata International School of Art and ISI Florence.

The exhibition at Murate Art District presents a selection of the research results and links to the exhibition format of Black Archive Alliance’s first edition, which used information stands at various locations and institutions in the city to reveal the unknown or forgotten stories of moments of contact and encounters between Florence and Africa.
Curated by Justin Randolph Thompson, BHMF and Agnes Stillger, Villa Romana

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Black History Month Florence 2020

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Karyn Olivier

Installation artist

Olivier is known for large-scale installations which provoke a disruption of public and private spaces. Familiar forms, altered in function and medium, create uncanny meditations on stagnancy, division and the weight of materiality. Her installations explore the poetics of space and the role of the viewers in shaping their own experience and engagement.

Olivier is known for large-scale installations which provoke a disruption of public and private spaces. Familiar forms, altered in function and medium, create uncanny meditations on stagnancy, division and the weight of materiality. Her installations explore the poetics of space and the role of the viewers in shaping their own experience and engagement.

Because time in this place does not obey an order

Because time in this place does not obey an order - Black History Month Florence 2019

Curated by BHMF With the partnership of MAD Murate Art District

In collaboration with: Boomker Sound Studios Syracuse University Florence SRISA Vivaio Il Giardiniere Antonella Bundu Chris Norcross

And we can no longer breathe And we can no longer see But, in the escape compagno In the fear, compagno Like in the fight, compagno I will be forever by your side

Collettivo Victor Jara, Le Murate

These were the words written and sung by the musical collective Victor Jara days after the 1974 revolt at le Murate jails. Protest against unfit living conditions and oppressive forces are frequent in sites which separate, either willingly or by force, social groups from the world that surrounds them. The socio-spiritual nature of what is just and human worth is at the root of contemplation in isolation. These feelings originated from the artist’s encounter with Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea, they led the project. For the occasion of the fourth edition of Black History Month Florence

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Curated by BHMF With the partnership of MAD Murate Art District

In collaboration with: Boomker Sound Studios Syracuse University Florence SRISA Vivaio Il Giardiniere Antonella Bundu Chris Norcross

And we can no longer breathe And we can no longer see But, in the escape compagno In the fear, compagno Like in the fight, compagno I will be forever by your side

Collettivo Victor Jara, Le Murate

These were the words written and sung by the musical collective Victor Jara days after the 1974 revolt at le Murate jails. Protest against unfit living conditions and oppressive forces are frequent in sites which separate, either willingly or by force, social groups from the world that surrounds them. The socio-spiritual nature of what is just and human worth is at the root of contemplation in isolation. These feelings originated from the artist’s encounter with Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea, they led the project. For the occasion of the fourth edition of Black History Month Florence current Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome Karyn Olivier presents Because Time In This Place Does Not Obey An Order, a series of site specific installations that grapple with the relationship between justice and spirituality. The works engage the history of Le Murate and its transition from a site of spiritual recluse to a carceral space sifting through the continuity and contrast that these histories evoke. Mental health, social critique, isolation, the closeting of history and the conflation of senses set cloistered gardens in dialogue with the steady words of Martin Luther King Jr. writing from a jail cell and reveal traces of life behind closed doors which claims universal rights.

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Justin Randolph Thompson | BHMF 2019

Artista e Direttore Black History Month Florence | Residenza d'artista e Mostra 2019

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Artista e Direttore Black History Month Florence | Residenza d'artista e Mostra 2019
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Lucio Ruvidotti

Fumettista e scrittore

Lucio Ruvidotti, is a young author active in the world of self-productions and on the page of the weekly Pagina99, his recent book portrays “The Prince of Darkness” in a biographical novel full of rhythms, colors and experimentation that gives natural evolution to an icon of the BD Rock necklace.

Lucio Ruvidotti, is a young author active in the world of self-productions and on the page of the weekly Pagina99, his recent book portrays “The Prince of Darkness” in a biographical novel full of rhythms, colors and experimentation that gives natural evolution to an icon of the BD Rock necklace.

Miles. Assolo a fumetti

Miles. Assolo a fumetti - Black History Month Florence 2019

Miles Davis is one of the most iconic figures of Jazz history. His biography is one of complex evolution and artistic persistance. In many ways jazz is often far removed from the appreciation of younger generations and the magic of its expansion of sound and cultural impact are hence too frequently lost. This exhibition takes on the form of the comic book in order to narrate the life and times of Davis and the impulses behind some of his compositions which have gone on to become jazz standards. Lucio Ruvidotti transformed a love for jazz into a comic book that invites the viewer to an intimate look at this artist and celebrates the impact that he has had on the world of music. These works engage an audience that spans generations bringing this figure to the forefront, as Ruvidotti explains himself:

“I tried to tell story of this figure, the prince of darkness, the great artist, taking advantage of some episodes of his exuberant exaggerated life. But above all the goal was to show, th

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Miles Davis is one of the most iconic figures of Jazz history. His biography is one of complex evolution and artistic persistance. In many ways jazz is often far removed from the appreciation of younger generations and the magic of its expansion of sound and cultural impact are hence too frequently lost. This exhibition takes on the form of the comic book in order to narrate the life and times of Davis and the impulses behind some of his compositions which have gone on to become jazz standards. Lucio Ruvidotti transformed a love for jazz into a comic book that invites the viewer to an intimate look at this artist and celebrates the impact that he has had on the world of music. These works engage an audience that spans generations bringing this figure to the forefront, as Ruvidotti explains himself:

“I tried to tell story of this figure, the prince of darkness, the great artist, taking advantage of some episodes of his exuberant exaggerated life. But above all the goal was to show, through the language of comics, his music, incredibly evolved from the forties to the nineties.”

The comic strip released in 2018 by Edizioni BD tells the story through eight chapters entitled with the names of some of his most important compositions. Each part of the book is also distinguished by a different use of the color and composition of the table. Alongside the original drawings made by the artist, the exhibition shows a series of cartoon prints, accompanied by the music of Miles Davis that pervades the Emeroteca delle Murate room.

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Black Archive Alliance 

Mira a fornire la scintilla fondamentale per la ricerca futura in questo campo per rimediare allo stato di amnesia che isola la presenza diasporica africana nella città e nel paese come fenomeno esclusivamente contemporaneo

Black Archive Alliance
Villa Romana in the context of Cantiere Toscana, in collaboration with BHMF

Objectives
Present archival materials in sites throughout the city broadening the access to the findings Highlight histories that have frequently been omitted from local memory Provide the foundational spark for future research in this field Remedy the state of amnesia that isolates African and African Diasporic presence in the city and country as an exclusively contemporary phenomenon Highlight the research and researchers who have already been doing this work Produce texts and photographic exhibition materials that can later be re-installed as educational resources.

Colonial Postcards and Landscape architecture
MAD Murate Art District (Emeroteca) 5:30 pm Presentation of the project dedicated to Colonial Postcards from Italian editors and Stamps from the Poste Italiane with the research of the Students of Angelica Pesarini’s Black Italia class at New York University Florence togethe



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Black Archive Alliance
Villa Romana in the context of Cantiere Toscana, in collaboration with BHMF

Objectives
Present archival materials in sites throughout the city broadening the access to the findings Highlight histories that have frequently been omitted from local memory Provide the foundational spark for future research in this field Remedy the state of amnesia that isolates African and African Diasporic presence in the city and country as an exclusively contemporary phenomenon Highlight the research and researchers who have already been doing this work Produce texts and photographic exhibition materials that can later be re-installed as educational resources.

Colonial Postcards and Landscape architecture
MAD Murate Art District (Emeroteca) 5:30 pm Presentation of the project dedicated to Colonial Postcards from Italian editors and Stamps from the Poste Italiane with the research of the Students of Angelica Pesarini’s Black Italia class at New York University Florence together with the presentation of an artistic project dedicated to Colonial Botanical Gardens by Michele Dantini.

Landscape architecture. African city parks and botanical gardens by Michele Dantini
For Black Archive Alliance Michele Dantini presents a research rooted in various international archives that investigates African botanical gardens, their colonial conception and their meaning today. The history of African city parks and botanical gardens is interwoven with State political or social vicissitudes, colonization and de-colonization processes, the establishment of new nations, and, in varying ways, with the history of agriculture and the forest. Above all, it is interwoven with a fantasy that is deeply inscribed in the European colonial imagination, that of an African Eden designed for hunting and timeless emotions, and – with the norms, demarcations and prohibitions that led to the creation of natural parks and protected areas – made inaccessible to local populations.

Preparing a Recovery Plan
MAD Murate Art District6 pm
Preparing a Recovery Plan_Artist Screening of artists working with the archive as form and context with videos by: Lerato Shadi, Kevin Jerome Everson e Alessandra Ferrini (with presence of artists)

Sites/Sources/Projects

Biblioteca Marucelliana, Via Camillo Cavour, 43, 50129 Florence;  8.30 am – 6.30 pm
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Piazza San Lorenzo 9, 50123 Florence; 9.30 am -1.30 pm
British Institute of Florence/ Harold Acton Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9, 50125 Florence; 10 am – 6 pm
Mediateca Toscana, Via San Gallo 25, 50129 Florence; 10 am – 1 pm / 2 – 7 pm
Centro Studi La Pira, Via dei Pescioni 3, 50123 Florence, 9  am – 7 pm
Fondazione Santa Maria Nuova, Piazza Santa Maria Nuova 1, 50122 Florence; 10 am-1 pm / 3 – 7 pm
SACI/ Worthington Library, Palazzo dei Cartelloni, Via Sant Antonio 11, 50123 Florence; 9 am – 9 pm
Syracuse University Florence/ Syracuse Florence Library, Piazza Fra’ Girolamo Savonarola 15, 50132 Florence; 9 am -1.30 pm / 3 – 8 pm
The other spaces are visitable in their opening hours. We invite the public to pass by the sites to see the shows and collect the pages of the catalogue dedicated to each individual archive free of charge.

Villa Romana, as part of the Cantiere Toscana project, supported by the Region of Tuscany – Toscanaincontemporanea2018 and in collaboration with BHMF, is organizing a series of mini-exhibitions, tours and presentations based on private and public archives, collections and libraries throughout Florence with holdings that reflect the realities and histories of African and African Diasporic people and their representation. This series of shows from the 27th-29th of November creates a virtual map of this archival presence in the city. A resulting catalogue intends to assist future research while providing insight to people who visit the range of spaces dislocated throughout Florence and beyond with which we are in collaboration.

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Mountaintops

Black History Month Florence 2018
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Mountaintops is an artistic workshop designed for elementary school children that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. while pushing participants to dream beyond what they can see and to aspire for what appears out of reach. Drawing upon the 1968 speech in which King states, ”I’ve been to the Mountaintop” the workshop has three intertwined activities that take on the language of sculptural installation and the performance qualities. The workshop involves the creation of a painted 360° mountain landscape, a series of topographic mountains atop wooden posts and the creation of a climbing surface. Reflecting upon Martin Luther King’s legacy, the three elements examine the meaning of dreams and ambition, the importance of leadership and techniques for overcoming obstacles.

 

From where I stand: Investigating the ideas of creating our own hurdles the first element of the workshop is dedicated to the realization of the freestanding 360 landscape painting. A freestanding series of

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Mountaintops is an artistic workshop designed for elementary school children that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. while pushing participants to dream beyond what they can see and to aspire for what appears out of reach. Drawing upon the 1968 speech in which King states, ”I’ve been to the Mountaintop” the workshop has three intertwined activities that take on the language of sculptural installation and the performance qualities. The workshop involves the creation of a painted 360° mountain landscape, a series of topographic mountains atop wooden posts and the creation of a climbing surface. Reflecting upon Martin Luther King’s legacy, the three elements examine the meaning of dreams and ambition, the importance of leadership and techniques for overcoming obstacles.

 

From where I stand: Investigating the ideas of creating our own hurdles the first element of the workshop is dedicated to the realization of the freestanding 360 landscape painting. A freestanding series of posts will support a cardboard range of mountaintops cut out and painted by the participants of the workshop. This range will be attached to the top of the supporting posts placing the participants in the center of a small space surrounded by mountains of their own creation. A range of colors will imagine the cool sunrise on one side and the warm sunset on the other. It takes a village: Examining the form of topographic maps, and the symbolic power of staffs this work involves the casting of a small mountain range in plaster that is mounted atop a wooden post to create a staff. Only when all staffs are placed together do we have a mountain range. This element emphasizes the importance of leadership and the simultaneous importance of collaboration and community. The Climb: The last element of the workshop is about overcoming obstacles. It involves the affixing of a series of custom rock climbing holds to a wooden mountain shaped wall and the exploration of climbing this form. A series of rock climbing holds created by the artist are attached to the surface of the mountain each one placed based on the choices of the participants. Once assembled participants climb this wall learning some of the tricks and techniques of rock climbing.

Mountaintops

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Nirveda Alleck

Multidisciplinary artist

Born in 1975, Nirveda Alleck is a multidisciplinary artist living and practicing in Mauritius. She undertook her studies at Michaelis School of Fine Art in South Africa (BAFA 1997), and did her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 2001. Formerly a lecturer in Art Education in Mauritius, Alleck worked as an Art Consultant at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site in Mauritius, and is currently lecturing part time for the Master of Visual Arts course at the University of Mauritius.

Born in 1975, Nirveda Alleck is a multidisciplinary artist living and practicing in Mauritius. She undertook her studies at Michaelis School of Fine Art in South Africa (BAFA 1997), and did her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 2001. Formerly a lecturer in Art Education in Mauritius, Alleck worked as an Art Consultant at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site in Mauritius, and is currently lecturing part time for the Master of Visual Arts course at the University of Mauritius.

Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro

Conceptual artist

Bikoro is a conceptual artist from the region of Woleu-Ntem in North Gabon and is presently based in Berlin. A 10 year long battle with Leukaemia Cancer during their youth transposed her into different environments and languages in the Netherlands, France, UK, Brazil and Germany inevitably challenging her political positions, citizenship and feeding into her transdisciplinary practice as a visual activist, writer and teacher. The artist merges archeology, sonic radio, writing, textiles, sculpture, live art performances, film & archives for immersive installations. The work analyses processes of power & science fictions in historical archives critically engaging in migrational struggles and colonial memory. The artist creates environments for alternative narratives and future speculations of colonial resistance movements led by African women of the German, British and French diaspora and indigenous communities. Sedimented in narratives of testimonial Black queer experiences of s

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Bikoro is a conceptual artist from the region of Woleu-Ntem in North Gabon and is presently based in Berlin. A 10 year long battle with Leukaemia Cancer during their youth transposed her into different environments and languages in the Netherlands, France, UK, Brazil and Germany inevitably challenging her political positions, citizenship and feeding into her transdisciplinary practice as a visual activist, writer and teacher. The artist merges archeology, sonic radio, writing, textiles, sculpture, live art performances, film & archives for immersive installations. The work analyses processes of power & science fictions in historical archives critically engaging in migrational struggles and colonial memory. The artist creates environments for alternative narratives and future speculations of colonial resistance movements led by African women of the German, British and French diaspora and indigenous communities. Sedimented in narratives of testimonial Black queer experiences of sonic nature archives, revolt, queering ecologies and postcolonial feminist experiences towards new monuments which reacts to the different tones of societies shared between delusions & ritual. The work offers complex non-binary readings pushing  new investigations about the architectures of racisms in cities, the archeologies of urban spaces & economies of traditional systems by exposing the limitations of technologies as functional memory records.

Rehema Chachage

Photographer, video artist, performer

Rehema Chachage is a visual artist whose practice can be viewed as a performative archive which untraditionally collects stories, rituals and other oral traditions in different media (performance, photography, video, text as well as physical installations); which traces hi/stories directly tied to women in the Swahili region; and, which employs written texts, oral and aural stories, melodies, and relics from several re-enacted/performed rituals as source of research.

She holds a BA in Fine Art (2009) from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town; and an MA Contemporary Art Theory (2018) from Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Practice from the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna where her research focus is on the archive and its methodologies, specifically observing ways of doing the archive differently through one’s practice as an artist.

Rehema Chachage is a visual artist whose practice can be viewed as a performative archive which untraditionally collects stories, rituals and other oral traditions in different media (performance, photography, video, text as well as physical installations); which traces hi/stories directly tied to women in the Swahili region; and, which employs written texts, oral and aural stories, melodies, and relics from several re-enacted/performed rituals as source of research.

She holds a BA in Fine Art (2009) from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town; and an MA Contemporary Art Theory (2018) from Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Practice from the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna where her research focus is on the archive and its methodologies, specifically observing ways of doing the archive differently through one’s practice as an artist.

Wanja Kimani

Video artist, performer, writer

Wanja Kimani is a visual artist and writer based in Cambridgeshire, UK. Through film, textiles and installation, her work explores memory, trauma and the fluidity within social structures that are designed to care and protect, but mutate into coercive forces within society. She imposes elements of her own life into public spaces, creating a personal narrative where she is both author and character. Her work has been exhibited internationally. In 2018, her performance, ‘Expectations’ was included in the Laboratoire Agit’Art presentation during Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art. In 2019, she presented her work at Art Dubai and as part of a group show, ‘Yesterday is Today’s Memory’ at Espace Commines, Paris, France.

Wanja Kimani is a visual artist and writer based in Cambridgeshire, UK. Through film, textiles and installation, her work explores memory, trauma and the fluidity within social structures that are designed to care and protect, but mutate into coercive forces within society. She imposes elements of her own life into public spaces, creating a personal narrative where she is both author and character. Her work has been exhibited internationally. In 2018, her performance, ‘Expectations’ was included in the Laboratoire Agit’Art presentation during Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art. In 2019, she presented her work at Art Dubai and as part of a group show, ‘Yesterday is Today’s Memory’ at Espace Commines, Paris, France.

Michèle Magema

Photographer, video artist, performer

Michèle Magema, born in Kinshasa in 1977, is a Congolese-French video, performance, and photography artist. She was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1977. She emigrated to Paris, France in 1984, and currently resides in Nevers.

Michèle Magema, born in Kinshasa in 1977, is a Congolese-French video, performance, and photography artist. She was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1977. She emigrated to Paris, France in 1984, and currently resides in Nevers.

Fatima Mazmouz

Photographer

Fatima Mazmouz Nata il 2 maggio 1974 a Casablanca, in Marocco, è un fotografo, artista visivo, concettuale. La sua produzione artistica, LES VENTRES DU SILENCE, Pouvoirs et contre Powers, si occupa principalmente delle varie lotte di potere implicite e invisibili radicate nelle nostre società giudaico-cristiane e arabo-musulmane. Il suo lavoro traduce così la storia dell’emancipazione attraverso un profondo impegno per le libertà individuali. Con il progetto Super Oum e The Broken Body, l’artista si inserisce in una lotta femminista in un contesto post-coloniale per una lotta alla discriminazione razziale e per i diritti delle donne (Diritto all’aborto per tutti).

Fatima Mazmouz Nata il 2 maggio 1974 a Casablanca, in Marocco, è un fotografo, artista visivo, concettuale. La sua produzione artistica, LES VENTRES DU SILENCE, Pouvoirs et contre Powers, si occupa principalmente delle varie lotte di potere implicite e invisibili radicate nelle nostre società giudaico-cristiane e arabo-musulmane. Il suo lavoro traduce così la storia dell’emancipazione attraverso un profondo impegno per le libertà individuali. Con il progetto Super Oum e The Broken Body, l’artista si inserisce in una lotta femminista in un contesto post-coloniale per una lotta alla discriminazione razziale e per i diritti delle donne (Diritto all’aborto per tutti).

Myriam Mihindou

Photographer, video artist, performer

Myriam Mihindou grew up in Gabon with a French mother and a Gabonese father, before going into exile in France in the late 1980s. After a degree in architecture, she joined the school of fine arts in Bordeaux. Suffering from aphasia, a disorder of spoken and written language, she was at the time looking for a means of expression. Working initially on sculpture and forging, Joseph Beuys and Ana Mendieta encouraged her to direct her plastic exploration in nature through ritualized actions with organic materials (earth, water, sun, paraffin, kaolin and tea). She graduated in 1993, developing a multidisciplinary plastic language, working as well in photography as in performance, video, drawing and sculpture. Her experience of travelling many countries including from Gabon to Reunion Island, from Egypt to Morocco, her works was nourished by these geographical and cultural encounters. Highly autobiographical, her creative processes probes memory, identity, the social, political and sexual bo

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Myriam Mihindou grew up in Gabon with a French mother and a Gabonese father, before going into exile in France in the late 1980s. After a degree in architecture, she joined the school of fine arts in Bordeaux. Suffering from aphasia, a disorder of spoken and written language, she was at the time looking for a means of expression. Working initially on sculpture and forging, Joseph Beuys and Ana Mendieta encouraged her to direct her plastic exploration in nature through ritualized actions with organic materials (earth, water, sun, paraffin, kaolin and tea). She graduated in 1993, developing a multidisciplinary plastic language, working as well in photography as in performance, video, drawing and sculpture. Her experience of travelling many countries including from Gabon to Reunion Island, from Egypt to Morocco, her works was nourished by these geographical and cultural encounters. Highly autobiographical, her creative processes probes memory, identity, the social, political and sexual body themes.

Tabita Rezaire

Sound artist

Rezaire defines as “Franco-Guyano-Danish”. She grew up in Paris and studied there, as well as in Copenhagen and London, where she did a master’s degree at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She then lived in Paris, Mozambique and Johannesburg from 2014. In 2017, she was welcomed in residence by MeetFactory in Prague, where she began working on sound.

Rezaire defines as “Franco-Guyano-Danish”. She grew up in Paris and studied there, as well as in Copenhagen and London, where she did a master’s degree at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She then lived in Paris, Mozambique and Johannesburg from 2014. In 2017, she was welcomed in residence by MeetFactory in Prague, where she began working on sound.

Clay Apenouvon

Installation and visual artist

Born in 1970 in Lomé, Togo. He lives and works in both Aubervilliers and Lomé.

Clay Apenouvon participated in painting, graphic arts and screen-printing workshops in Togo before moving to Paris where he continued his initiation with the artists Claude Viallat and Mounir Fatmi.
After exploring cardboard as a material, he developed the concept ‘Plastic Attack’ to raise public awareness of the harmfulness of plastic. More recently with the Film noir de Lampedusa (2015), he denounced the indifference of Europe faced with the tragedy of illegal immigration. He used black stretch film to create an exceptionally powerful and evocative in situ installation.

Clay Apenouvon exhibited his work at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London (2015) and in the collective work Visibles / Invisibles, l’Afrique urbaine et ses marges at the Fondation Blachère, France (2015). For The Day That Comes, he will create an original work in situ.


Born in 1970 in Lomé, Togo. He lives and works in both Aubervilliers and Lomé.

Clay Apenouvon participated in painting, graphic arts and screen-printing workshops in Togo before moving to Paris where he continued his initiation with the artists Claude Viallat and Mounir Fatmi.
After exploring cardboard as a material, he developed the concept ‘Plastic Attack’ to raise public awareness of the harmfulness of plastic. More recently with the Film noir de Lampedusa (2015), he denounced the indifference of Europe faced with the tragedy of illegal immigration. He used black stretch film to create an exceptionally powerful and evocative in situ installation.

Clay Apenouvon exhibited his work at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London (2015) and in the collective work Visibles / Invisibles, l’Afrique urbaine et ses marges at the Fondation Blachère, France (2015). For The Day That Comes, he will create an original work in situ.

Film noir per Lampedusa - Videozoom: Africana Womanism

Black History Month Florence 2017

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Ispirato al Black History Month celebrato negli Stati Uniti e nel Regno Unito, l’evento fiorentino mette in risalto i contributi culturali della diaspora africana che hanno influenzato la cultura popolare Italiana.
Conferenze, proiezioni di film, letture di libri, mostre d’arte, eventi enogastronomici, concerti e spettacoli ricordano i più importanti passaggi della storia africana ponendola in relazione con il panorama contemporaneo fiorentino.

All’interno di questa iniziativa si inserisce la XV edizione della rassegna Videozoom curata da Antonella Pisilli che quest’anno presenta opere di 8 video artiste africane dal titolo “Africana womanism” e l’installazione “Film noir per Lampedusa” di Clay Apenouvon.

Videozoom: Africana Womanism è un progetto video “work in progress”: in mostra opere di video-arte contemporanea, presentate tenendo conto delle specificità culturali delle diverse realtà del mondo. Il progetto vuole proporre una visione nuova della do


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Ispirato al Black History Month celebrato negli Stati Uniti e nel Regno Unito, l’evento fiorentino mette in risalto i contributi culturali della diaspora africana che hanno influenzato la cultura popolare Italiana.
Conferenze, proiezioni di film, letture di libri, mostre d’arte, eventi enogastronomici, concerti e spettacoli ricordano i più importanti passaggi della storia africana ponendola in relazione con il panorama contemporaneo fiorentino.

All’interno di questa iniziativa si inserisce la XV edizione della rassegna Videozoom curata da Antonella Pisilli che quest’anno presenta opere di 8 video artiste africane dal titolo “Africana womanism” e l’installazione “Film noir per Lampedusa” di Clay Apenouvon.

Videozoom: Africana Womanism è un progetto video “work in progress”: in mostra opere di video-arte contemporanea, presentate tenendo conto delle specificità culturali delle diverse realtà del mondo. Il progetto vuole proporre una visione nuova della donna africana attraverso l’occhio dell’artista; Africana Womanism, nello specifico, porta alla ribalta il ruolo di madri africane come leader nella lotta per ritrovare, ricostruire e creare un’integrità culturale che abbraccia gli antichi principi di reciprocità, equilibrio, armonia, giustizia, verità e ordine.
Fanno parte delle artiste di Africana Womanism: Nirdeva Alleck (Mauritius), Nathalie Mba Bikoro (Gabon), Rehema Chachage (Tanzania), Wanja Kimani (Kenia), Michèle Magema (RDC), Fatima Mazmouz (Marocco), Myriam Mihindou (Gabon), Tabita Rezaire (Francia-Guyana/Danese)

Film noir per Lampedusa, di Clay Apenouvon (Togo), interpreta una Lampedusa contemporanea, luogo di migrazioni; attraverso un’installazione site-specific, realizzata dall’artista per Murate Art District, si esplora la capacità dei materiali di essere supporto fisico e medium artistico per trasmettere il messaggio socio-politico dell’artista.
Non nuovo a questo tipo ti incursioni artistiche, Clay Apenouvon lavora con materiali plastici di colore nero, che evocano la liquida vischiosità del petrolio.

I due progetti sono stati inaugurati venerdì 3 febbraio 2017 alle ore 17.30 presso MAD Murate Art District.

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