Wangechi Mutu, The End of eating Everything, 2013, Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels
Gallery 3 – Le Salon Bibliothèque
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Born in the 1970s, the cultural trend of Afrofuturism is that conceptual area formed from the Afro-diasporic cultures, technology and science fiction, which then came into contact with the demands of feminism. The ethical-aesthetic ambit of Afrofuturism therefore reference possible future alternatives in an anti-racism and feminist key. A forefather was Sun Ra, poet, pianist and jazz composer in the ’40s and ’50s, while the initiator was the Afro-American writer Octavia Butler who, in her science fiction novels, represented that which is a “cultural sensibility” rather than as movement
In the meantime, Afrofeminism has expressed itself in the narrative and artistic imaginary and in music and fashion. The issues of sexual difference and gender, marginalization and racial oppression, of present day migration, of flight from the devastation of the planet are referenced in the videos of the Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu.
Anne Palopoli MAXXI curator
Lidia Curti “L’Orientale” University of Naples.
Claudia Attimonelli “Aldo Moro” University of Bari
Enrica Picarelli independent researcher
Karima 2G singer and beatmaker