Black creatives will come together to share their motivations and experiences of storytelling through different media. What does it mean to break into established art spaces? How do we create new spaces rooted in the multitude of different Black experiences? What are the secrets to using visibility in performance to take up space and how can each of us find our own authentic creative expression? This panel discussion will look at the complexities, joys, and challenges of making a mark as a Black creative.
Panelist Mercy Thokozane Minah, is a queer, non-binary multi-disciplinary artist. They live in South Africa and have created work across visual, literary and performance related mediums.IG: @iamafreedom
Panelist Sonia E Barrett performs Composites of plants, animals, elements and people to create interventions that presence their objectification and commodification, she also thinks about how to change perceptions of phenomena in “nature” that are a given. The work seeks to create new questions where there was a kind of certainty that has to do with the hegemony of normative western European values.
Panelist Ayo Aloba is a Vienna based Nigerian actor, percussionist, music producer and co-founder of the electronic group and label Afroschnitzel. He studied performing arts at the Rose Bruford College in the United Kingdom and has made extensive appearances on the stage and screen. In 2011 he wrote, starred and directed his first short film, Spiral, which won the Texas Short Film Black Festival. Under Ayotheartist guise he focuses on alternative medium of visual expression specifically digital collage. Identity, culture and politics are deconstructed and playfully reimagined. Ayotheartist’s work has featured on : Soundframe, Area For Virtual Arts, Ars Electronica, Okayplayer, Abuja Arts Nigeria and World Design Week , to name a few.
Moderator JG Danso (she) is a black, woman, queer, mother, intersectional feminist, equality and human rights expert, and Resident Poet at Villa Vida Café. JG has collaborated with black, queer, and trans artists and creatives internationally to bring her words to life in this series of illustrated poetry artwork.
She was born in East London to parents from Sierra Leone and Ghana and has lived in Vienna since 2014.
Her work is inspired by the love, joy, determination, mistakes, privilege, and patience she experiences in navigating feminism, lgbtqia+ visibility, African descendant identity, work, and relationships. Through her words, she hopes to contribute to a more multifaceted narrative on queer, black folk and continue to advocate for full equality.
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