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The Recovery Plan Conversation Series

Virtual conversation series based in Florence, Italy
Black History Month Florence in collaboration with SACI and Museo MA*GA

The Recovery Plan

SACI is delighted to announce The Recovery Plan Conversation Series: African Diasporic reflections rooted in Italy.

Offered by Black History Month Florence (BHMF) and developed and moderated by SACI project leader and BHMF co-founder, Justin Randolph Thompson, in collaboration with Museo MA*GA Gallarate near Milan, this 6-part series of critical conversations explores Afro-descendent perspectives on Italy through the partnering of 5 under-35 Afro-descendent artists living in Italy alongside 5 Afro-descendent Italian-based scholars. Each pairing of artist and scholar is established through a dynamic positioning of individual art work alongside research and archival findings in Italy on the basis of a common theme related to Blackness in the Italian socio-historical context.

Moderated Conversations and Dates

In each virtual session, Thompson will guide a conversation with a paired artist and scholar on a different theme corresponding to their artistic, scholary, and archival work from The Recovery Plan. Exclusively registered participants will join the online conversations live via zoom which will include a question and answer period allowing participants opportunities to ask questions leading to further dialogue and reflections. The artists and scholars will share virtual visits to the pop-up exhibition space at Museo MA*GA Gallarte which will serve as a backdrop to each conversation theme while the moderator will lead the dialogue providing contextual backdrops rooted in various periods of Italian history and contemporary society. All sessions will begin at 11 pm Central European Time and will be 90 minutes in length. The Conversations will take place every two weeks with the exception of the concluding discussion.

 


 

Tuesday, October 6th, 5PM EST  Part I: Italianness and the Colonial Gaze

Binta Diaw in dialogue with Angelica Pesarini
Moderated by Justin Randolph Thompson

The first conversation features the art of Binta Diaw reflecting upon the de-construction of the colonial gaze and conceptual ties between the organic nature of the tomato and that of the Black body. Diaw’s new installation “Nero Sangue”, takes on the raw materials linked to the labor fueled by the migration crisis and the near slavery conditions of agricultural laborers in Italy. Diaw is set in dialogue with Afro-Italian Sociologist Angelica Pesarini to foster a reflection upon the intense connection that unites the colonial, fascist Italian past and the current racial, physical, verbal and psychological violence suffered by migrants today. The conversation is undercut with images and video of the work of Binta Diaw along with visual displays of the archival research carried out by Pesarini.

 


 

Tuesday, October 13th, 5PM EST  Part II: Spirituality in Diaspora

Raziel Perin in dialogue with Simao Amista
Moderated by Justin Randolph Thompson

This second conversation features the art of Raziel Perin rooted in codified meditations on cultural identity as understood through a lens of dislocation and misticism. Working across mediums with elements that draw upon Dominican Voodoo traditions passed down from his mother, Perin is set in dialogue with Afro-Brazilian Italian anthropologist Simao Amista. Amista’s work reflects upon African diasporic spirituality and this exchange will tap into cultural retentions and the significance of spirituality in grounding displaced communities. The conversation is undercut with images and video from the exhibition “ Tale of Tamarindo”, featuring the work of Raziel Perin along with visual displays of the archival research carried out by Amista.

 

 

Tuesday, October 27, 5PM EST – Part III: Coffee’s Materiality and Exploitation

Francis Offman in dialogue with Jessica Sartiani
Moderated by Justin Randolph Thompson

The third conversation of the series features the work of Francis Offman engaging the materiality of coffee and the capacity for abstraction to carry a socio-psychic dimension. Drawing upon the national heritage of coffee in the context of his native Rwanda, the dialogue is expanded upon through an analysis of the colonial legacy of coffee’s production and exchange. Offman is in dialogue with Jessica Sartiani whose research is simultaneously physical and academic, reflecting upon the history of the cultural exchange of coffee and the impact of this history on our contemporary consumption, with a focus on the Italian claim to the product. The conversation is undercut with images and video from the exhibition “You Might Know”, featuring the work of Francis Offman along with visual displays of the archival research carried out by Sartiani.

 

 

Tuesday, November 10, 5PM EST – Part IV: Cameroonian Roots in Italy

 

Victor Fotso Nyie in dialogue with Patrick Joel Tatcheda Yonkeu
Moderated by Justin Randolph Thompson

The fourth conversation of the series features the work of Victor Fotso Nyie reflecting upon the aesthetic and social dimensions of Cameroonian artistic traditions as transplanted in Italy. Shifting in materiality towards terracotta Fotso Nyie’s work redefines the ceramic heritage of Italy through material and formal experimentation. His work is set in dialogue with Cameroonian artist and cultural activist Patrick Joel Tatcheda whose work and research seeks to highlight the longstanding Cameroonian population within the context of Italy, cultural exchanges between Italy and Cameroon around arts education and the importance of activism in maintaining a sense of community. The conversation is undercut with images and video from the exhibition “Résilience”, featuring the work of Victor Fotso Nyie along with visual displays of the archival research carried out by Tatcheda Yonkeu.

 

 

Tuesday, November 24, 5PM EST – Part V: Jerry Masslo and Italian Anti-Racist Activism

 

Emmanuel Yoro in dialogue with Jordan Anderson
Moderated by Justin Randolph Thompson

The fifth conversation of the series features the work of Emmanuel Yoro engaging a hybrid space between virtual platforms and design charting a poetic installation, reaction and tribute in response to racist violence in contemporary Italy. Yoro’s interdisciplinary project is a meditation on the figure of Jerry Essan Masslo, a South African refugee, Baptist preacher, laborer and activist murdered in 1989 in Italy, which sparked an anti-racist protest of over 200,000 people in Rome and subsequent shifts in national legal policies towards immigrants. Drawing upon a “Black Dada Nihilist” worldview and a range of archival sources his work takes on the form of hyper-collages and design oriented objects. Yoro is placed in dialogue with writer and researcher Jordan Anderson whose research is layered with complex understandings of identity, diaspora and sexuality. The conversation is undercut with images and video from the exhibition “La Direzione di Vivere”, featuring the work of Emmanuel Yoro along with visual displays of the archival research carried out by Anderson.

 

 

Tuesday, December 1, 5PM EST – Part VI: Curatorial activism

 

Justin Randolph Thompson in dialogue with
Janine Gaëlle Dieudji

The last conversation of the series features the curators of the project The Recovery Plan in a conversation engaging curatorial activism in relation to a half decade of arts based activism in the context of Italy. Drawing upon the broader framework of the curatorial project of The Recovery Plan, this dialogue seeks to reflect upon the nature of institutional occupation and infiltration and the necessity of collective labor in shifting cultural perspectives. Black Archive Alliance as a template for alternative forms of academic research and YGBI Research Residency as a form of collectivizing activism around young artists are the focus of this conversation which are elaborated as rooted in long term visions with pop-up applications.

 

 

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