April 16, 2010 6-10:30pm
Mattress Factory Lofts
300 Martin Luther King JR DR SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Pan-Africanism seeks to promote the unification of all Africans and those affected by the Diaspora. Peoples affected by the Diaspora all deal with similar identity issues due to common colonial practices such as divisions within these communities based on skin tone, hair, lips, features etc. Terms like mulatto, coloured and sambo are commonplace in both the Eastern and Western Hemisphere. One product of these divisive constructs results in W.E.B Dubois idea of “double consciousness”— “this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity” (“Of Our Spiritual Strivings,” p. 2).
Has this double consciousness been dissolved, now that the President of the free world is of African descent? If so how? What are the new Ideals, aesthetics that could actually repeal the affects of Colonialism? How can we examine ourselves without a Colonial mind? This exhibition strives to encourage just such a dialogue.