“Stan Firm Inna Inglan” expo at Tate Britain

Heading to London this summer? Already based there and looking for things to do? Check out this amazing exhibit – Stan Firm Inna Inglan: Black Diaspora in London, 1960-70s – currently showing at the Tate Britain.

The official description of the expo states that:

The photographs reveal the many and varied experiences of individuals who travelled from the Caribbean region and West Africa to live in London, from everyday family life to political engagement. They show people as they respond to, react against and move beyond the racial tension and exclusion that were part of life for Black communities in the British capital. The title of the display, ‘Stan Firm inna Inglan’, is taken from the poem It Dread inna Inglan by Linton Kwesi Johnson, who in the 1970s gave a voice and poetic form to the Afro-Caribbean diaspora and its resistance in the face of racism.

The exhibition is available to view via the Tate’s main floor until the 19th November 2017. Find out full details here.

 

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Making Jamaica Photo Expo Coming Soon!

The Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s exhibition will be opening in London at the Autograph ABP studio on Thursday 23 February. The expo will run until the 22nd April and will feature works by the contemporary artist Ingrid Pollard. Also, entrance is FREE!

According to Autograph ABP, the exhibition – which has been curated by Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai – offers “More than 70 historic images” and promised to explore “the history of how the image of modern Jamaica as a tourist destination – and tropical commodity – was created through photography.”

 Find out all you need to know about the expo, including gallery opening times and details on the grand opening of the exhibition in February via the website, by clicking this link.

Pan African Space Station arriving in Amsterdam soon!

The Pan African Space Station (PASS) will be arriving in Amsterdam in the coming days, landing at the OBA Central Library on Sunday 11th December, until the 15th December!

The website declares:

“Launched in 2008 by  Chimurenga, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a periodic, pop-up live studio; a performance and exhibition space; a research platform and living archive, and an internet based radio station.

Produced in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund and The Amsterdam Fund of the Arts, the PASS live studio in Amsterdam will feature a 5-day programme, running daily from 14:00 – 20:00 (CAT), with artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; to prompt us, through performance, conversation and other forms, to imagine how worlds connect.”

In addition to the artists, writers and rebels, ERIF will also be there for an internet radio interview hosted by the radical feminist collective Radio Redmond Amsterdam, on the 13th December between 14h and 15h. We’ll be discussing our recent Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance conference as well as our future plans for the organisation too!

Definitely come through to see the various activities going on throughout the five days, and say hello to us while we’re in the hot seat on the 13th if you can!

Check out and share all of the necessary info, including the full programme and livestream link here.

 

Bino & Fino Back in Amsterdam

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Bino and Fino

Our favorite Nigerian dynamic duo – Bino and Fino – are returning the Amsterdam for their Dutch-language premier at the Bijlmer Park Theatre. Check out a short clip of the new Dutch cartoon below!!

Ideal for kids between 3 and 6 years of age, the screening will take place at the theatre on Saturday 3rd December at 14:00. Tickets cost €7. Make sure to book your ticket so you don’t miss out and find out more information via the theatre’s website!

Black British Life coming to the BBC

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Historian David Olusoga who will present the documentary “Black and British: A History Forgotten” on BBC TWO 9/11/2016.

Throughout the rest of this month, BBC channels BBC TWO and BBC FOUR will be at the forefront of illustrated black life and history, specific to Britain, according to the Voice newspaper.  The season of programming, which will feature radio shows, documentaries and films, is simply titled “Black and British”, exploring the history of black communities in Britain as well as following contemporary narratives too.

Writing for the Voice, Nadine White states:

“After approximately 18 months in the works, the BBC will unveil a season of programming celebrating the achievements of black people in the UK and exploring the rich culture and history of black Britain called ‘Black And British’. According to the BBC, Black and British season will feature bold, vibrant and provocative stories, overturning preconceptions and challenging widespread – albeit covert – stances on the matter. The season will also cast a fresh light on black history, examining the contribution and impact of black people in the UK, as well as interrogating just what it means to be black and British today.”

You can find out more about the programme scheduling and catch up on certain features (if in the UK) via iPlayer from this BBC website.

Weisser Peter (White Peter) Stage Play Performance in Innsbruck

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We’re delighted to announce that there will be a performance of Weisser Peter, written by Mohamed Wa Baile, at 7pm on Friday 4th November, at the Westbahntheater in Innsbruck. The performance is part of our conference- Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance.

Mohamed Wa Baile is an activist, scholar and playwright based in Switzerland of Kenyan descent. He gained his BA in Islamic Studies from the University of Berne and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and also holds a Masters in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Basel. While his acclaimed plays have dealt with issues around police brutality, belonging and identity in Europe, his activism also challenges frequent racial profiling by authorities in Switzerland, in addition to the injustices inherent in the law enforcement and courts system.

Whilst the writer’s acclaimed plays have dealt with issues around police brutality, belonging and identity in Europe, his activism also challenges frequent racial profiling by authorities in Switzerland, in addition to the injustices inherent in the law enforcement and courts system. He was a key organiser of the Swiss Week Against Racism and is due to publish intersectional works that address gender inequalities in the coming months.   

In Weisser Peter (White Peter), Mohamed Wa Baile combines his plays Mohrenkopf in Weissenhof (Moorhead in Weissenhof) and Kein Volk von Schafen (No People of Sheep).

His first piece Mohrenkopf in Weissenhof deals with the issue of racial profiling by the police. Kein Volk von Schafen is about a man’s search for identity.

The man is stopped and searched regularly by police. Meanwhile, he refuses to show his residence permit. Now he wants to become naturalized and no longer be regarded as a stranger. Will his citizenship privileges be recognized and will he no longer bear the label “Migrant”? Weisser Peter promises a memorable evening of theater about invisible racism and unearned white privilege.

Afterwards, the public will debate racial profiling: what does it mean to be checked by the police, time and again, because of the way you look?

Tickets are available here.

Becoming Afro German expo at Returning the Gaze II conference!

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Crude Processions (2013) by Karina Griffith

 

Artist Karina Griffith will be showing a series of moving image works and artifacts at our upcoming conference Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance at the University of Innsbruck in Austria next month. The exhibition will be free to access for University of Innsbruck students and conference delegates.

Becoming Afro German is an series of works and artifacts that signify the tension between Blackness and Europeaness created through Germany’s denial of its colonial past. The artist explains:

“I can never become Afro German, because that identity is kinetic, moving, fleeting. The Black  German identity is elusive in its evolution. It flows like water; it is not inert like land (Deutschland). The only way to make land move is create borders, nations and visa requirement  – the tools of colonialism that shift land away from people.

“I don’t know if my decade in Germany got me any closer to the feeling of “home”, but that time, those conversations sitting at the foot of other Black women, of learning a language that allowed me to say things I never could, of receiving confusing, fearful, angry and sometimes compassionate glances from my fellow humans …they must count for something.”

Griffith describes the works as an ‘archive’ of her experiences, and of the effects that rebound between the bodies and places she has encountered.

Karina Griffith is a scholar and filmmaker originally from Canada. She received a distinction for her Master of Fine Arts at the University of London, Goldsmiths College in 2007 and has most recently worked as a moderator at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse for their We Are Tomorrow Festival.

Griffith presented her short film Die Umzuege at ERIF’s first conference Returning the Gaze: Blackface in Europe in 2014, and went on to participate in the The Company We Keep exhibition at the Galerie Alpha Futura in 2015. Currently, Karina is completing her PhD at the University of Toronto.

MMU Special Collections wants your zines!

Ever wanted to create a zine but never had the chance or didn’t know how? Already made a zine and want to share it with a broader audience? Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is offering zine-makers the exciting opportunity to contribute to their Special Collections series!

Explaining their project via their site, they state:

MMU Special Collections is at the forefront of collecting 20th and 21st century print, and we want to maintain that position. We have the largest publicly accessible collection of Artists’ Books outside of London and similarities can be drawn between the democratic intentions of pioneering book artists and the DIY ethos of zinesters. Both aimed to avoid mainstream methods of production, distribution and dissemination. 

Want to find an interesting way to channel your thoughts on a variety of social issues, critically return the gaze, disseminate knowledge as well as engage with various  communities? A zine can be the perfect way to do this, so find out more info and contact the MMU here.

Submit Your Ideas for BFI 2022 NOW!

There are just two days left for creative and artistic minds out there to submit their ideas for the BFI 2022 consultation, which closed on Thursday 8th September.

The British Film Institute (BFI) is inviting the public an opportunity to offer their suggestions and critiques over several thematic categories with regards to the future of UK film and television projects. One of particular interest is “Diversity is at the heart of creativity” for which, the BFI comments:

Diversity and opportunity are intertwined – talent is everywhere, but opportunity isn’t. Every individual matters and should have the opportunity to engage with UK film, television and the moving image, whether as part of the audience or to pursue as career.  

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Our most high profile intervention so far is our Diversity Standards. Everyone receiving Lottery funding for film production is now asked to commit their project to contributing to reducing under-representation and to provide new opportunities. We are now rolling this initiative out across all BFI activities, so that diversity and difference are celebrated through every area of our work.

Want to join the conversation? You can find out more about all categories and submit your views using this form. Be sure to submit on time and get your voice heard!

Re[as]sisting Narratives Expo by Framer Framed

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Opening on the 28th August and curated by Chandra Frank, Framer Framed presents Re[as]sisting Narratives, an exhibition exploring “the lingering legacies of colonialism between South Africa and the Netherlands”.

The expo runs until the 27th November (extended from an original end date of 16 October) and will feature work from:

  • Mary Sibande
  • Sethembile Msezane
  • Mohau Modisakeng
  • Athi-Patra Ruga
  • Burning Museum Collective
  • Toni Stuart and Kurt Orderson
  • Judith Westerveld

Planning to attend? Find more information via the Framer Framed website.