BLACK IN BERLIN #3 The Afropean Experience
The Afropean Experience is a rich, textured testament to the fact that Blackness is not a monolith. How do the stories from the African Diaspora differ and what connects them?
In the April salon, we will discuss issues surrounding home, identity and representation for Afropean peoples.
We will focus heavily on the Afro-Deutsch Experience and the dichotomy of longing and belonging.
Due to the intimate nature of the conversations, capacity is limited to 35. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to join.
In 2012, Soul Sister, Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor, began the salon series ‘Black in Berlin’ as a reaction to the appropriation of Afropean culture by the German, English-language mainstream media.
The experience of being Black in Berlin can oftentimes be polarizing. The lingering effects of African colonization that are ever present in the city mixed with the inherent alienation of “representing” the other creates a complex day to day existence. This paradox does not have to be internalized. The Black in Berlin Salon is an opportunity to dialogue issues, foster community and generate conversation with the willing to listen. The salon encourages people of all races and backgrounds to participate in the discussion. Each participant is given time and space to ask questions, voice frustrations, tell stories and commiserate in the hopes that by engaging in a dialogue we can help alleviate the very real stresses that come with the trauma of existing in marginalized communities. Each session of the Black in Berlin Salon operates loosely around a different theme.
The Black in Berlin salon doesn’t focus on a singular oppressive institution like racism but will take an intersectional stance to see how these oppressive institutions of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism are interconnected.
The title Black in Berlin is a reference to the double entendre of the German word schwarz, often used to describe something negative zum beispiel: schwarzfahren. The Black in the title refers to black and brown people and all people of color who have felt on the outside in Berlin.
> SAVVY Contemporary | The laboratory of form-ideas is a multidisciplinary, non-profit art space for epistemological diversity. We take up the challenge of investigating the ‘threshold’ between the West and the Non-West by challenging this binary and by critically reflecting on discourses around ‘Western art’ and ‘non-Western art’. Being conscious of Berlin’s history and geography of power, one of our focal points is it to deliberate and experiment on issues of conviviality and hospitality.