Black History Month Florence (BHMF) in collaboration with OCAD U and The Student Hotel

The need for safe spaces of solidarity, collectivity and dialogue is ever growing in a context where marginalization and social stigma mark emerging artists of the African Diaspora worldwide. For the Italian context and the socio-cultural reality of Black Italians, the need for exchange is profound. YGBI Research Residency and Training Program is a collective studio experience born from a collaboration between BHMF, OCAD U and The Student Hotel to take place in the studios of OCAD U and the classrooms and auditoriums of The Student Hotel coinciding with the first 10 days of Black History Month Florence.

International curator Simone Frangi has facilitated the selection of young artists based in Italy for the project. These artists are invited to spend 10 days together working in the studios of OCAD U in tandem with a range of encounters, dialogues and events curated by Black History Month Florence designed to stimulate their work and process. The studio experience is overseen and guided by International Curator Andrea Fatona, a professor at OCAD U together with leaf jerlefia, recent alumnus from OCAD U and curator/artist as well. The conversations contextualized under the framework of Diasporic Dialogues, fuel the exchange and to lend a curatorial outlook intended to frame the planning of a resulting exhibition and the writing to accompany this project.

BHMF in collaborazione con OCAD U e The Student Hotel/

La necessità di spazi sicuri di solidarietà, collettività e dialogo è in costante aumento in un contesto in cui l’emarginazione e lo stigma sociale segnano gli artisti emergenti della diaspora africana nel mondo. Per il contesto italiano e la realtà socio-culturale degli italiani neri, la necessita? di uno scambio è profonda. YGBI Research Residency and Training Program è un’esperienza collettiva nata da una collaborazione tra BHMF, OCAD U e The Student Hotel per svolgersi negli studi di OCAD U e nelle aule e negli auditorium di The Student Hotel in coincidenza con i primi 10 giorni del Black History Month Firenze.

Il curatore internazionale Simone Frangi ha facilitato la selezione di giovani artisti con sede in Italia per il progetto. Questi artisti sono invitati a trascorrere 10 giorni insieme lavorando negli studi dell’OCAD U insieme a una serie di incontri, dialoghi ed eventi curati da Black History Month Florence, progettati per stimolare il loro lavoro e processo. L’esperienza in studio è supervisionata e guidata dalla curatrice internazionale Andrea Fatona, professoressa all’OCAD U insieme a leaf jerlefia, recente alunna dell’OCAD U e curatrice / artista. Le conversazioni contestualizzate nell’ambito dei Dialoghi diasporici alimentano lo scambio e danno una prospettiva curatoriale intesa a inquadrare pianificazione di una mostra e la scrittura per accompagnare questo progetto.


Artists / Artisti
Binta Diaw b. 1995 (Milano, Italia) Vive e Lavora/ Lives and works in Milano
Victor Fotso Nyie b. 1990 (Douala, Cameroon) Vive e Lavora/ Lives and works in Ravenna
Francis Offman b . 1987 (Butare, Rwanda) Vive e Lavora/ Lives and works in Bologna
Raziel Perin b. 1992 (Hato Mayor del Rey Dominican Republic) Vive e Lavora/ Lives and works in Milano
Emmanuel Yoro Gallagher b. 1994 (Palermo, Italia) Vive e Lavora/ Lives and works in Lonigo

Black History Month Florence: blackhistorymonthflorence.com






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