Photo courtesy Ekow Eshun

In the Black Fantastic: A Conversation with Ekow Eshun

Please note that this event has been postponed until further notice.

Join CPD for a conversation with writer and curator Ekow Eshun to explore the transnational worlds of Black creativity and imagination through the exhibition “In the Black Fantastic.” The show is dedicated to the work of contemporary artists from the African diaspora, who draw on science fiction and myth to address racial injustice and explore alternative realities. It brings together artists who inventively recycle and reconfigure elements of folklore, myth, spiritual traditions, pageantry and legacies of Afrofuturism. At once vivid and thought-provoking, lyrical and relevant, the works in the show embody the power of the fantastic to help us chart new ways of confronting legacies of racism and celebrating cultures of resistance and affirmation.

About Ekow Eshun

Ekow Eshun is a writer and curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, overseeing the most prestigious public art program in the UK, and the former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. He is the author of In the Black Fantastic, Africa State of Mind, nominated for the Lucie Photo Book Prize, and Black Gold of the Sun, shortlisted for the Orwell prize. Described as a ‘cultural polymath’ by The Guardian he is the writer and presenter of documentaries including the BBC film Dark Matter: A History of the Afrofuture. He has contributed to books on artists including Mark Bradford, Kehinde Wiley, Chris Ofili, John Akomfrah and Wangechi Mutu, and his writing has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Esquire and Wired. He is a Contributing Editor at Wallpaper magazine, a member of the Advisory Board of Liquid Blackness journal and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University.


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