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Performing Black Womanhood: symposium, exhibition and concert

Trinity Fellow Commoner in the History of Race, Dr Adjoa Osei has convened a symposium, exhibition, and concert exploring the contributions of women of colour to early-twentieth-century modern art and performance on 28 April 2023 in the College Chapel.

Performing Black Womanhood – free and open to all – offers a rare opportunity to hear from and meet academics from the US, UK, Brazil and Portugal who are leading debates about race, ethnicity, and identity. Discussions will engage with Hispanic, Lusophone, and Francophone studies, African diaspora studies, as well as Anglophone historical studies.

The morning symposium will feature talks by Dr Osei, Biancamaria Binazzi of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and independent scholars Dr Camara Holloway and Sala Elise Patterson, with images, video and music.

Dr Adjoa Osei specialises in  building bridges between Lusophone, Francophone, and Anglophone worlds.

Dr Osei explained that the event would contribute to revived international conversations about the invisibility of black women artists and artworks featuring black women in Western museums and galleries, and within the curriculum.

Recently, there has been greater interest in academia and within cultural and creative institutions, both in Europe and in the Americas, to explore representations of black female modernity in art and intellectual culture; concomitantly, there has been a recognition of the need to include black women academics and curators into these discussions.

After lunch, Trinity Fellow Professor Jean Khalfa will introduce portfolios by the Afro-Cuban artist Wifredo Lam in the Wren Library.

The event culminates in a performance by The Black British Classical Foundation (BBCF), which will perform operatic renditions of works by singers from the US, Cuba, and Brazil. BBCF is a charity that promotes interest and participation in the classical arts among black communities.

Please register in advance for your free place PerformingBlackWomanhood

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