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The seventh edition of Black History Month Florence has arrived bringing with it a new cultural center The Recovery Plan at SRISA functioning as a hub for information, dialogues, research and exchange throughout the month. This edition also represents an expansion of the program shifting into Black History Fuori le Mura.  Extending the reach of the program to collectivize the incredible organizational efforts being carried out in the cities of Bologna, Torino, Roma and Milano, but also pointing towards newly formed collaborations in Paris, Black History Fuori le Mura is the fruit of collective organization that brings together a range of associations, individuals and institutions and is a shared space for the co-promotion of Black History Month events. This platform intends to be generative of a template for a national and international reflection on the recovery of Black History.

 

This edition is framed through the thematic title FUGA. FUGA is a meditation on the fugitivity of Blackness (Moten, Harney 2013) and its non-fixity permeating geo-cultural realities and blurring the lines between the local and the transnational. It is also a reflection on the push back that continues to persist in the Italian context in relation to discourse around peoples and cultures of African descent prompting many towards flight. FUGA in music is a compositional element where a melodic theme is introduced by one voice only to be taken up successively by others.  This edition wants to provide the call and response necessary to collectively engage in the work that needs to be done in order to move beyond the conceptions that are too often restricted by the flatness and limited frame of Blackness as reflected in mass media, institutional structures and academic discourse in Italy and beyond. Shifting from BHMF to BHFM is about engaging in a form of frequency modulation needed to listen and be heard.

Hazel | Kevin Jerome Everson

The solo project Hazel by Kevin Jerome Everson is born from misremembered or misinterpreted memories in relation to the iconic song and album Maggot Brain. The work draws upon the artist’s memory of what inspired the guitar solo that is the song’s focus, the skewed remembering of a lie designed to inspire passionate and mournful playing. The actuality of the tracks history and what was exchanged between bandleader George Clinton and the guitar player become alternative perceptions, insight and imaginings in this work dedicated to guitarist Eddie Hazel and the sonic realm functions as an element that is familiar yet dissonant, remembered but hauntingly distant.

come sa di sale lo pane altrui | Nidhal Chamekh

This exhibition brings together two bodies of work that question and provoke notions of the archive as witness, the archive as bystander. The mixed media works seemingly struggling to hold tight accuracy, to shake the ambiguity that is preserved for the empirical lens of zoological anatomy, the classification of mug shots, the precision of mechanical drawings and the personal intimations that hold them together. Chamekh’s childhood in popular districts of Tunis and the persecution of his militant family deeply impact on his art located at the intersection of the biographic and the political, as he draws memories transformed into testimonies.

Black Archive Alliance IV | by Jessica Sartiani

After Four Years of development around the research platform Black Archive Alliance as part of a three-year residency at Murate Art District we present the fourth volume. In collaboration with our current research resident, Jessica Sartiani who has been working at MAD since December we present a series of documents and research. The current volume of work includes Research from Roberto Bianchi on the Sciopero della Fame del 1990, a series of documents from the personal archive of Mestre Boca Nua on his work around Capoeira in Florence and fragments from the virtual archive of Jordan Anderson on Black Queerness in Italy. These works are placed in dialogue with the research by Jessica Sartiani that look at the connections between colonial history and coffee production, consumption and marketing.


Programma degli appuntamenti

3 febbraio, 17.30 | Coffee - A colonial history

Vava Angwenyi in dialogo con Jessica Sartiani

Questa conversazione nasce della ricerca di Sartiani nell’ambito di Black Archive Alliance. La conversazione amplia il contesto, la storia e le realtà contemporanee legate alla produzione del caffè dialogando con le storie coloniali.

26 febbraio - 16.30 | Murate ArtLab con Francis Offman

Workshop dedicato al disegno e alla pittura su superfici di recupero e all’esplorazione della materialità della pittura e del disegno. I bambini e le bambine disegneranno su superfici preparate dall’artista utilizzando fondi di caffè e gesso di Bologna. I pastelli a olio e gesso diventano la base del lavoro in dialogo con una riflessione sui materiali che utilizziamo per fare arte.



Kevin Jerome Everson

Artist-filmmaker

Kevin Jerome Everson (born 1965) is an artist working in film, painting, sculpture, and photography. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio and currently resides in Virginia. He holds an MFA from Ohio University, and a BFA from the University of Akron, and is Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

 

Everson’s films frequently depict people working and living in working-class communities. Many of his works focus on the migration of African... American communities and individuals from the American South northward in search of work.[1] “Everson rejects the role of cultural explainer in his work, opting instead to place the burden of understanding on the audience and its own labor. In this way, he has carved a place for himself outside both the typical expectations of documentary and the conventions of representational fiction, attempting to work from the materials of the worlds he encounters to create something else.”[2]

 

Everson frequently employs hand-held camerawork and uses 16mm to create many of his films. His work has been the subject of retrospective screenings at Media City Film Festival (2011), Tate Modern (2017), online at Mubi (2018), and Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou (2019)

 

Everson has directed nearly a dozen feature-length films and over 100 short films.

 

Exhibitions

Everson’s films have been the subject of mid-career retrospectives at the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea (February 2017); Viennale (2014); Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland (2012), The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY and Media City Film Festival (2011) and Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2009. His work has been featured at the 2008, 2012, and 2017 Whitney Biennials, the 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Media City Film Festivals, and the 2013 Sharjah Biennial.

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Nidhal Chamekh

Artist

Born in 1985 in Dahmani, Tunisia, Nidhal Chamekh graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Tunis and the University of Sorbonne in Paris. He continues to work and live between the two cities. Nidhal’s creations reflect on the times we inhabit. His artwork is situated at the intersections of the biographic and the political, the lived and the historical, the event and the archive. From drawing to installations, and from photography to videos, Nidhal Chamekh’s oeuvres dissect the constitution... of our contemporary identity.

His artwork has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, the Aïchi Triennale, the Yinchuan Biennial, the Dakar Biennial and has been shown in Tunis at Politics Collective exhibitions, in Kunsthaus Hamburg, in France at the Museum of contemporary art MAC Lyon, during the 12th edition of Bamako Encounters, in Italy at FM Contemporary Art Center, in London at Drawing Room, in CCA Lagos in Nigeria and Kadist in Paris, in Sao Paulo for Videobrasil Art Biennial and the Skissernas Museum in Sweden.

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Jessica Sartiani

Coffee trainer and coffee expert

Jessica Sartiani is a Florentine coffee trainer and coffee expert. With an Italian father and a mother who is half Filipino and half African-American, it is from her origins that her journey as a woman of coffee starts. As someone trained, operative and attentive to the recent sub-cultures of coffee, she started her work in one of the pioneer coffee shops of this selected product, Ditta Artigianale, ten years ago, studying and discovering all the work that precedes the service in... the coffee shop, giving importance to the producing countries. Her experience evolved with the opening of the first Speciality coffee in Italy, dealing with the training of baristas and customers. She has participated in various competitions such as the Brewers cup, to improve her contact with the public and enrich her background, and has been part of training projects in Honduras, Lithuania and several local coffee start-ups.

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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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