BLACK FUTURITY AND RESISTANCE
31 October 2019, 6.15pm - 7.45pm
New Art Exchange
Join Kehinde Andrews, Arit Etukudo and Omara Dyer-Johnson to explore how Resistance is understood within different contexts, be that art, film or literature; fiction or real life. The speakers will consider how speculative fiction, especially Afrofuturism, as a genre has the ability to explore social and ethical issues whilst reimagining black identity projected within the surreal.
Stay for a screening of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror following the talk.
More about the speakers...
Kehinde Andrews is an academic, activist and author whose books include Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century (2018) and Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement (2013). Kehinde is leading on the development of the Black Studies degree and is director of the Centre for Critical Social Research at Birmingham City University; founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association. He also writes for The Guardian and is the Narrator for the documentary The Psychosis of Whiteness.
Arit Emmanuela Etukudo
Arit Emmanuela Etukudo is a Nigerian American experimental storyteller whose practice focuses on creating physical and metaphysical atmospheres where her audience is asked how it is that they choose to understand the life experience. Her practice speaks on the relationship between her bodies, their physical movements in the world and their incorporeal movements as a result of that. She uses self-portraits in her work as retaliation against spaces where her body has not been welcomed. She has a background in filmmaking, theatre, creative writing and photography which she combines to create symbol heavy installation pieces.
She received her BA in Cinematic arts and minor in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She then went on to pursue her MFA in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University.
She has recently published her debut poetry collection titled You will be back. Recent exhibitions include: AfterMath (Nottingham Contemporary), Unruly Bodies (Stevenson Galleries) and NAE Open (New Art Exchange).
Omara is currently an AHRC-funded postgraduate researcher in the University of Nottingham's Black Studies programme. Her research is about the ways contemporary Afrofuturism has depicted black futurity and the importance of these narratives in science fiction. She is also interested in the ways Afrofuturism appears in different mediums, particularly comics, music, and literature.