Johny Pitts – Afropean: Travels in Black Europe Expected at Foam this Autumn

Friday, July 17, 2020
Johny Pitts – Afropean: Travels in Black Europe Expected at Foam this Autumn

In Afropean writer and photographer journalist Johny Pitts (Sheffield, UK) examines the life of black communities, traveling across Europe. In search of the "Afropean" identity he went across the continent traveling from London to Paris, via Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, Moscow, Rome, Marseille, Madrid and Lisbon sketching an underexposed story about the continent in words and images.

Image courtesy to Foam

 

In Afropean writer and photographer journalist Johny Pitts (Sheffield, UK) examines the life of black communities, traveling across Europe. In search of the "Afropean" identity he went across the continent traveling from London to Paris, via Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, Moscow, Rome, Marseille, Madrid and Lisbon sketching an underexposed story about the continent in words and images. He traveled to Amsterdam to hear from The Black Archives about Hermina and Otto Huiswoud, fighters against colonialism and for black communism. He documented Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean Favela on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy and visited the Clichy Sous Bois district in Paris, where uprisings erupted in 2005 following the deaths of Bouna and Zyed, two boys who died after a chase hidden from the police.

 

Image courtesy to Foam

 

Johny Pitts: “These scattered fragments of Afropean experience had formed a mosaic inside my mind ( … ) the Afropean reality was a bricolage of blackness and I’d experienced an Africa that was both in and of Europe.” - Afropean. Notes from Black Europe, p.380, London 2019

A selection of photos appeared in the book Afropean: Notes From Black Europe published by Penguin in 2019 for which Pitts was recently awarded the Jhalak Prize. Pitts is also the founder of the online platform Afropean.com.

This exhibition takes place on the occasion of Forum on European Culture, organised by DutchCulture and De Balie. The exhibition is curated by Johny Pitts and Foam.

 

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