Half a century of Black radical art: From the Black Arts Movement to Afropessimism

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


What remains of African cultures when the Africans are uprooted from their motherlands and forcefully exiled to the American continent? The vast majority of contemporary popular music draws from the imagination of Black captives and their descendants, who originated blues, rock, reggae, hip-hop, and numerous others. However, the music industry is not run by Blacks, and their social subjugation is still ongoing. In the middle of the 20th century, African-American artists started questioning and theorizing the impact of Blackness on visual arts, in contrast to the centrality of Black music. Throughout the modern era, being both an artist and a Black person was not a matter of course. The lecture will focus on projects of artistic self-reinvention, born from the desire to understand, overcome or transcend the condition of the enslaved, as well as the role of artists of African descent in contemporary culture.

Period12 Sept 2023
Held atKulturfabrik , Luxembourg
Degree of RecognitionInternational