I was asked recently, what is black art ? My answer was that it is a work that represent the black community by talking about us for us and also for others. It is putting us in the front line, an opportunity to share, educate and invite our community and others to a rich discovery. I am so excited about what is coming up for the next 3 weeks ! A series of conferences and performances are happening at the MAI, just this Monday I was attending the Launch Soirée and it set the mood right to keep me on the edge for what’s coming next.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (New York)
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, “Seancers” © Leni Olafson
Malik Naashad Sharpe, “$ELFIE$”, 2017.
A brief history of the future
Kapwani Kiwanga (Paris)
jumatatu m. poe (Philadelphia + New York)
Jumatatu M. Poe, “Terrestrial”. Credit: Scott Shaw
The conferences are hosted by Rhodnie Désir and the meetings take place with invited guests. They are a group conversation structured as socio-artist laboratories. It started with OPENING : I SEE and LAB 1 : I SPEAK, and it will continue with the following events.
LAB 2 : I DO
LAB 3 : I AMovement
During LAB 1 : I SPEAK, the invited guest were Engone Endong, Will Prosper, Sarah Hinse and 2 young leaders of the Maison d, Haiti Girls Projects. Their mission was to trace, verbalize, update and rewrite to better reclaim the important speeches of black leaders. During Black.Art.Empowermemt you will be able to see artists from different part of the world present their art and message using various disciplines. It is definitely not to be missed, starting tonight with a performance at 8PM.
See you there !