“Darkie Day” film on blackface coming soon from Guerilla Films


Filmmaker Michael Jenkins is hoping to release his documentary “Darkie Day” after having joined forces with Guerilla Films. He began making the documentary following a trip to Padstow, Cornwall in 2014 where he encountered the annual Mummers’ Day festival, also known as “Darkie Day”.

An article on the Black British Academics website reported that:

“The documentary will focus on the history of blackface in popular culture from the US, including the Black and White Minstrel show and the Golliwog phenomenon and will examine the history of White actors blacking up to play Shakespeare’s Othello.

It will also look at Blackface festivals outside the UK in Netherlands, Spain and South Africa and the Belgium tradition of selling cakes called ‘Nigger Tits’.”

The film will also feature the poem: In Critique of Blackface and Institutional Indifference to Racism by Dr. Deborah Gabriel.

Guerilla Films is currently attempting to raise funding for this endeavour. If you’d like to show your support for this timely project, you can find out more here.


Help Bino & Fino make it to Brazil!

Our friends over at EVCL – creators of the instantly lovable Bino & Fino – had a very busy year in 2015 touring across Europe to showcase the pioneering cartoon, which features the dynamic duo as they learn about various African histories and cultures. Alongside collaborating with ERIF for our Parent Teacher symposium last November, the creators of Bino & Fino also launched a line of fantastic soft toys to compliment the popular cartoon series, which is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon! And now they plan to share the siblings with South America.

Read about EVCL’s quest below:

“Unfortunately, Brazil’s major media networks have long had a struggle with showing the diversity of the country’s population. Arguably those that suffer the most from the media’s neglect in representation are Brazil’s children. Most children in Brazil know little about their African heritage, African culture, history and the positive impact it has had in Brazil and the world. They are not taught about this in schools, in the books they read or the TV shows they watch. To help counteract this problem we want to produce a Brazilian Portuguese version of our popular educational African cartoon show Bino and Fino and make it available to view in Brazil and around the world for children to watch.”

You can check out more details on the campaign and make a donation to get Bino & Fino to Brazil here.

No Nation of Sheep (2016)

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Scene from No Nation of Sheep (2016)

Check out the trailer below for the new play by Mohamed Wa Baile entitled Kein Volk von Schafen, translated as No Nation of Sheep in English.

Following up from his stage debut Mohrenkopf im Weissenhof, the new play’s title refers to the recent referendum that took place in Switzerland to decide on whether or not immigrants should be deported immediately for committing minor crimes. While Switzerland voted against the proposal, Wa Baile’s play illustrates some of the struggles people of colour face in so-called multicultural Europe, especially with regards to identity.

The play premieres on the 19th March at the ONO Culture Bar as part of the Week Against Racism being held in Bern, starting this coming weekend. The play will also be performed alongside Mohrenkopf im Weissenhof at ERIF’s forthcoming conference in Innsbruck later this year.

You can book your tickets and find more information about Wa Baile’s performances via his website here.

Visit the Artist & Empire Expo at the Tate!

Amid the Independent’s reporting of the results of a poll that claims British people are proud of colonialism and the Empire, the Tate in London is hosting an exhibit that explores and confronts British imperialism through imagery with Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past.

The exhibition opened in November last year and will run until the 10th April 2016, displaying a wide variety of artefacts from the colonial era in order to analyse notions of “ownership, authorship and how the value and meanings of these diverse objects have changed through history”.

More information about the exhibit, including ticket details and a trailer can all be found on the Tate’s website.


Art exhibition to honour Stuart Hall opens in Norway

Galleri F15 – in the Norwegian city Moss – opened an exhibition called “Jamaican Routes” by Helene Wendt on the 30th January.

The exhibition honours the late cultural theorist and sociologist Stuart Hall, who hailed from Jamaica and worked in the UK for most of his life. The series features the work of 11 artists, illustrating Caribbean identities as well as social, cultural and political issues and ideologies.

The expo will run until the 2nd March. You can find more information here.

Stuart Hall, obituary, Agenda

“The company we keep” art instillation in Berlin!

Germany-based Canadian artist and friend of ERIF Karina Griffith is currently participating in the art exhibition The Company We Keep alongside Melody LaVerne Bettencourt and Lerato Shadi in Berlin. The instillation, is hosted at the Alphanova & Galerie Futura and is available for viewing until the 16th October.

Exploring themes around black women, their roles in (white and/or European) societies as well as the so-called neutrality of whiteness itself.

Find more information on the programme and opening times of the gallery here and let us know what you thought if you manage to visit. Hurry while the exhibition is till on!


Framer Framed presents “Ancestral Blues” in Amsterdam!

There is still time to visit the art exhibition  Ancestral Blues currently at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam-Noord, presented by Framer Framed.  If you’re wondering what it’s all about, we already checked it out to provide you with verification that it’s worth taking the time to go over and see it.

At first the exhibit is a little confusing however the more time you spend there and the more rounds you make, seemingly, the more sense the collections make. Exploring themes as numerous as spirituality, sexuality, heritage, colonialism, consumption and capitalism – to name a few – the exhibit came across at times as very literal and always provocative.

Following a very impressive and sincere series of opening speeches and performances, all of the artists (Amanda Koelman,  Antonio Guzman, Femi Dawkins, Fleur Ouwerkerk, Raquel van Haver and Raul Balai) who had contributed to the series were willing to circulate and chat with visitors about their work and inspirations.

In all, the event provided an apt opportunity for critical and artistic minds to network in Amsterdam as well as discuss and admire the work.

You can find more information about the exhibit – which has free attendance – until the 11th October here.

Let Us Now Praise the Roma exhibition in Birmingham, AL

If you will be in and/or around Birmingham, Alabama any time between now and the 27th September, you should stop by the Civil Rights Institute to catch the current Odessa Woolfolk Gallery exhibition by Karen Graffeo on the Roma of Eastern and Southern Europe. The heartbreaking photographs (from 2012 to present) show individuals and families in their homes, illustrating typical and contemporary standards of living for people of Roma descent.

“Now Let Us Praise the Roma” banner outside the Civil Rights Institute.

Of course, the museum which captures the horrors and triumphs of the civil rights period in the US south is reason enough to go to the institute. However, the current exhibition reminds us of the pervasiveness of racialisation and discrimination, especially within Europe. You can read more about Graffeo’s ongoing artistic work here and well as sign a petition against the persistent persecution of Roma people in Europe and across the world here.

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” art exhibition

Here is some mid-week news to brighten up your day!

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a collective exhibition currently viewable at the Richard Taittinger gallery in New York City. The work – compiled by a dozen African artists – explores the “Burden of ‘Africaness’” in a thought provoking series.

Curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, the show aims to address notions of exclusions and respectability within the mainstream art scene as commented upon by Niegrian art historian Chika Okeke-Agulu‘s, who claimed: ““folks can’t seem to come to terms with the fact that African artists have now taken and secured their seat at the dinner table, invited or not!”

The exhibition will be running until the 22nd August, so if you’re in or around NYC between now and then, be sure to take some time to check it out! More information available here.


Symposium: Between Nothingness & Infinity

Hello there peeps! Happy Sunday to one and all 🙂

If you are looking to infuse your summer with art viewings and critical discussions, you should heard over to the Between Nothingness and Infinity symposium, talking place at the Witte de With in Rotterdam on the 14th July. Using conceptualisations inspired by Frantz Fanon and Fred Moten, the symposium will aim to address the ‘historically produced dilemma of Blackness’.

The panel discussion will be moderated by scholar Nana Adusei-Poku and will be part of the No Humans Involved exhibition by art collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN.

Find out more information and sign up for the event here