Onsite Talk: Fabricating the African Imaginarium

Join the curators of the V&A’s Africa Fashion and the Hayward Gallery’s In The Black Fantastic, Dr Christine Checinska and Ekow Eshun, in an exploration of the African imaginarium as the place where creative and cultural liberation resides.

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  • Friday, 9 September 2022

  • The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre’ , V&A South Kensington

  • Tickets cost £12.00 - £15.00

    Includes wine reception.

Onsite Talk: Fabricating the African Imaginarium photo

Join the curators of the V&A’s Africa Fashion and the Hayward Gallery’s In The Black Fantastic, Dr Christine Checinska and Ekow Eshun, in an exploration of the African imaginarium or Black fantastic as the place where creative and cultural liberation resides. Their conversation will thread its way around the place of myth and fantasy in the spectacular works of genre-defying contemporary African creatives, from fashion to photography, text to textiles, multi-media and more. And it will explore how creatives are grappling with, and making material, the racialised everyday through deconstruction and reconstruction and ‘cut & mix’ methods and aesthetics in order to boldly bring to life new ways of being.

Background image: Close up of Aso Lànkí, Kí Ató Ki Ènìyàn, (‘We greet dress before we greet its wearer’) collection, Lagos, Nigeria, 2021. Lagos Space Programme. Photo (c) Kadara Enyeasi