Looking B(L)ACK SYMPOSIUM

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19/10/2018 - 20/10/2018

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A weekend of talks and performances dedicated to the notion of Black Travel, curated by Johny Pitts, TV host and author of the forthcoming publication ‘Afropean: Documenting Black Europe’.Within the general notion of travelling, we will look to complicate an area overly hinged on white, masculine, heteronormative experiences, and celebrate the gaze of a diverse group travelers who are often ignored.Inspired by the conviviality and international politics of the Harlem Renaissance, the Negritude Movement, and postwar African Independence, BOZAR Brussels will set the stage for a weekend of art, photography, historical narratives, poetry performances, live music and panel discussions, followed by a guided decolonial tour of Brussels, bringing to life the myriad ways members of the Black community experience the world through travelling. With the participation of : Marie Daulne , Caryl Phillips,  Tete-Michel Kpomassie, Claude Grunitzky, Jessica De Abreu, Lola Akinmade, Bernardine Evaristo, Amina Jama, Catherine Johnson, Inua Ellams, Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and more.Special Guest: Linton Kwesi Johnson Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer, and broadcast journalist. He has received various awards for his work exploring Afro-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize and an ENAR award, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He has had works published by Penguin, Les Arènes, Franklin Watts, Harvard University’s Transition magazine, Ariel and The New York Times.His photography has been presented by Cafe Royal Books, Reporters Without Borders, the BBC, Arts Council England and Art Angel, for which he collaborated with novelist Caryl Phillips on an exploration of London’s relationship with immigration. Johny also curates the award winning online journal Afropean.com, part of the Guardian’s Africa Network. As TV host, Pitts recently wrote and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary exploring black identity through the music of his father, member of Northern Soul group The Fantastics.

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