To acknowledge the coexistence of blackness and poetics within the context of #forteu is a radical act. How can we trace the significance of the black imagination at work in contexts of the everyday, communal, institutional, and other - that suppress, feed and refuse the very idea of the imagination (or multiplicity of imaginations)? This is crucial to finding language to fashion Black Togetherness. Nonetheless, these are contested, sometimes unsettling terms and concepts —race, blackness, poetics, colonial and cultural archives.
This event offers space for (performative) readings that peel away, show, uncover the layers and complexities of black poetics of the everyday. With contributions by poet and writer Momtaza Mehri, educator and organiser Hodan Warsame, & artist and musician Nadeem Din-Gabisi.
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Lingua Franca of Black Poetics takes place in the framework of the project/exhibition Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca, initiated by Amal Alhaag and Barby Asante. This is an ongoing visual, sonic and dialogic programme and exhibition environment that looks into the meaning, conceptualisation, multiplicities and complexities of the notion of Black Togetherness across Europe. The project takes place in two spaces simultaneously – Framer Framed in Amsterdam and 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning in London.