Afrofuturism, a term coined in the early 1990s, addresses themes and concerns of the African diaspora using elements of science fiction and magic realism to critique the loss and disinheritance of the past while exploring aspirations for the future. While this artistic phenomenon, which is present in both Europe and the United States, expresses “black” culture in a discourse with the “white” world, Afrofuturism holds potential to bring the minority experience in general to life in new ways.
Three artists - Daniel Kojo Schrade (Germany), Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Ghana) and Adejoke Tugbiyele (United States) - use the lens of fiction to address issues of alienation and otherness. They travel through space and time to explore identity and reexamine the past.
Reception with artists Daniel Kojo Schrade and Adejoke Tugbiyele and performing artist OluShola Cole.
OluShola Cole is a performing artist based in Baltimore. Her creative journey has been enriched with classical training and influenced by renowned artists such as house dance legend Marjory Smarth, West African dancer and drummer Aly Tatchol Camarar, vocalist Bobby McFerrin, and hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris.
Followed by a concert at 7:30 pm with Tony award-winning playwright Stew and Heidi Rodewald, whose comedy-drama rock musical Passing Strange appeared on Broadway in 2008 and was made into a film by Spike Lee. The story is about a young African American's artistic journey of self-discovery in Europe.
In conjunction with Georgetown University’s interdisciplinary conference “Performing Blackness in the Transatlantic World: Germany, Race, Intermediality”, taking place at the Goethe-Institut February 27-March 1. The conference features lectures, roundtables, public screenings, and performances with guests including Daniel Kojo Schrade and filmmaker Branwen Okpako.
Gallery hours: M-Th 9-5; F 9-3
In cooperation with the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Goethe-Institut Washington organizes and supports cultural events that present German culture abroad and that further intercultural exchange.