#ARCHIVING #THE #MO(VE)MENT #ONLINE #EDITION
Presented by Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin & in collaboration with COLLECTIVE PRACTICES
This series looks into creating narratives of what it means to be Black and African today, as a collective practice. As part of a wider project (TAC - http://theartconcept.org/), Omonblanks facilitates and documents multifaceted and collaborative oral histories of lived experiences of Black and African people on the continent and in the diaspora. This chapter, taking place in the context of COLLECTIVE PRACTICES – focuses on the current pandemic moment. Previously planned as a weekend gathering of conversations, screenings, exhibition, music and food - the project now takes shape in the digital space.
With their long term conversation and archiving initiative, one of TAC’s aims is to expand narratives of African and Black identities, coming out of the multiplicities of African and Black communities. To the present day, widely available knowledge and attitudes about African people are so entangled with stereotypes, often shaped and told from outside of the continent, that they frequently remain confused or clichéd, even for the protagonists themselves. The overall documenting and archiving project is both a critical intervention, as well as a recapture and return of ownership of narrative, and an increase in volume, diversity and visibility of stories told by Black and African people of various backgrounds.
𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵? 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵? 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘺? 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦, 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺. 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩? 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵? 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘢 𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘴? 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵? 𝘞𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴? 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦? 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵? 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦? 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵? 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳? 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦, 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘴? (..)
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘴𝘬 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘢 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢 𝘯𝘦𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬. 𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺, 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘳 ‘𝘖𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳,’ 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵. (𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘢 𝘒𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘢: 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴: 25, 26, 2019)
In collaboration with COLLECTIVE PRACTICES, Omonblanks will document conversations with people from the Black and African communities living in Berlin, and make connections between Berlin and Accra/Lagos. And while not being able to create a physical gathering at ACUD, the project will involve many different protagonists into online conversations, discussions and performances – that will all form part of the multifaceted narratives and the growing archive by TAC of Black and African perspectives.
𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 – 𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿
𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 – 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲
The conversations with Berlin-based Black and African people of various backgrounds examine lived experiences during the current pandemic moment. How are we experiencing this period? What are we learning? What visions for the future are emerging? How are we addressing struggles and anxieties? What roles do collectives and community play at the current moment? The Berlin conversations form part of a wider series of conversations held with people internationally (https://www.instagram.com/omonblanks/).
𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 – 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗡𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀
𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟯𝟬𝘁𝗵 (𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆)
Photography is a way of storytelling. We meet Accra based visual artist Eric Gyamfi in his studio for a unique visit behind the scenes. Eric Gyamfi uses photography as a tool for social commentary, storytelling and documentation of the moment, as a mode of communication and social critique. The studio visit allows for a a wider audience to explore his images and the stories behind them, and interact with the artist.
𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 – 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰? 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟯𝟭𝘀𝘁 (𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆)
This conversation brings together Berlin-based artists and cultural workers with colleagues living outside Germany to reflect together on strategies to survive during times that do not allow for an audience or community to come together in a physical space. With shows and performances cancelled indefinitely, how are we as a creative community coping? How can we support each other collectively? What are our plans for the future? How does the current moment affect our creative practice? The discussion is open for the public to ask questions, contribute ideas, and interact with the speakers.
𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘁 – 𝗦𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗡𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀
𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝟯𝟬𝘀𝘁 (𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆)
The concert night brings sonic and musical expressions to contribute their narratives, in two special performances, from Accra and Berlin respectively. Musical contributions are particularly interesting to the project, as they hold the potential to expand expression into embodied, emotional and speculative spheres.
𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟭𝘁𝗵 / 𝟭𝟮𝘁𝗵 / 𝟭𝟯𝘁𝗵 (𝗪𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱)
𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 – 𝗡𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 – 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳
𝗗𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 & 𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴
With a panel of Black and African storytellers, curators, activists and archivists based in Berlin we talk about the practice of documenting, exhibiting, sharing and producing black stories, particularly in a white European context.
𝗘𝘅𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 - 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝘀𝘂𝗹𝗲
In an online exhibition, all one on one conversations with Black and African people based in Berlin, that have been recorded over the summer, are presented.
𝗘𝘅𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 - 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝘀𝘂𝗹𝗲
The audience is invited to a multimedia time capsule, transporting the attendees to Gold Coast/Ghana in the 1950s. This includes fragments from the country's music and visual archives, leading back to the scene of the independence movements, remembering Ghana as the first African country that was freed of colonial rule.
𝗢𝗸𝗵𝗶𝗼𝗴𝗯𝗲 𝗢𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗯𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝗢𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗺𝗶𝗻
Omonblanks is a creative director, festival curator, producer and programer; he has a 15-year career in music, film and as an indie label and record producer. He is the founder & creative director of TAC (The Art Concept) organisation, a documentation and archive-focused platform, interested in studying African and Black societies from community, city and country perspectives. This is where he researches, documents towards the building of an archive.
Photo by Selorm Jay
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