"Voix Atlantiques" Highlights Artists of the Black Atlantic Diaspora
This fall, Columbia Global Centers I Paris will present a series of film screenings and discussions with artists who are re-appropriating representations and narratives of minority experiences, particularly those tied to the Black Atlantic Diaspora.
September 24, 2019
Curated by writer-filmmaker Nora Philippe and scholar Maboula Soumahoro, the series, “Voix Atlantiques/Atlantic Voices” will examine how artists are working to decolonialize the French imagination through their diverse forms of expression: from the reinterpretation of a baroque opera-ballet with choreography taken from protest street dance, to a group of school children’s fictional retelling of a forgotten episode of colonial history.
The series will not only explore literary, cinematographic, and choreographic invention, but will also take into account the social and political implications of artistic transmission. Tackling issues such as equal access to art in schools and communities, as well as questions about the institutionalization and credibility of urban art forms, invited artists will share the challenges they have faced and continue to confront.
The first event in the series will take place on September 27 with a presentation of Philippe’s documentary “Like Dolls, I Rise,” followed by a reading of excerpts from the book Dans la peau d’une poupée noire. Both the film and the book were inspired by last year’s Black Dolls exhibit at la Maison Rouge. A round-table discussion about artistic creation in schools and cultural re-appropriation will close the evening.
Additional events will include the choreographer Bintou Dembélé, filmmaker Ladj Ly, and activists Assa Traore and Ramata Dieng.
Nora Philippe, writer-filmmaker and Fellow with the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination.
Maboula Soumahoro, author and associate professor at the Université François-Rabelais-Tours.