May Joseph (poet) and Nicolas Premier (filmmaker) discuss their most recent works and their commentaries on Africa, African Diaspora, memory, media, and history on Friday, October 30 @1pm.Register in advance to receive the Zoom link
History is a media, a work in progress that is constantly being rewritten. Artists often employ personal biography in order to provoke comparisons to “official” histories and to challenge metanarratives about Africa through their own memory and experiences. May Joseph will read from her newly published ghosts of lumumba, a book of poetry written over a lifetime that reflects the ongoing influences from her upbringing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Nicolas Premier is a Franch-Congolese artist whose newest film, Africa is the Future, draws on over a century of popular vernacular images that, when viewed together, create a personal reflection of such charged and racialized images. Both artists draw on their own memories as a mechanism for rewriting and questioning history.