Obbligato (Obliged) is a meditation on social, moral and communal obligations.
Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito and Black Archive Alliance Vol. I and II are the two exhibitions of the February programming of MAD Murate Art District that are part of the 5th edition of Black History Month Florence. The initiatives of this new edition of the BHMF festival involve MAD Murate Art District also include the screening of a documentary-testimony by the director Sabrina Onana on the points of view of the “new Italians”, a performance by the artist Samiya Bashir and the Murate Art Lab with the artist Muna Mussie.
Drawing upon one of the founding principles of cosmopolitanism, that of a moral obligation towards all humans, this edition looks at what Leopold Senghor stated in a speech at Palazzo Vecchio in 1962 as Africa’s role in world of restoring a full humanity so that the world may recover from the deficit rendered through oppression, exploitation and historical amnesia. In jazz Obbligato is a counter melody that can have equal importance and dominance as the central melody line. In a moment where media and numerous political leaders have pushed society to fear the extinguishing of one history through the inclusion of alternative perspectives, these events serve as a reminder that when we have multiple voices and histories we have a more complete understanding of history itself and a restored sense of humanity for all.