ZAM Reporter

ZAM Events | Liquid Traces / Replacing our Borders

ZAM Events presents an open discussion on the themes of the African diaspora’s liquid roots and how artistic expressions act as both resistance and reconciliation. In collaboration with Afrovibes Festival and De Balie

Join our panelists Farren van Wyk, Christl Wolfram and Julia-Beth Harris in an open discussion as we delve into the complexity of the African diaspora's liquid roots, tracing their path from Africa to the Americas, the Caribbean, and the West. Giya Makondo-Wills moderates the talk and will uncover the linguistic and artistic connections that bridge cultures across continents. The discussion looks at how these connections shape our identities as the diaspora, and how they are reflected in our art.

Our panelists will highlight how artistic expressions act as both resistance and reconciliation, helping us interpret our past and maintain ties to our cultural roots.

Through her photography Farren emphasises the pivotal role of art and culture in shaping our identities and understanding our history. Her work serves as a mirror reflecting our world's intricacies and our shared heritage.

Christl will address the limitations of terminology when critiquing black art, rooted in a historical white lens. These limitations often lead to oversimplification and misinterpretation.

Julia-Beth explores the experiences of creatives of colour in the Netherlands through her poetry.

To fully engage with black art, we must embrace its cultural richness and intricate narratives. The group will examine language's influence on perceptions and narratives, touching on topics like diasporic aesthetics and cultural appropriation.

Panelists: Farren van Wyk, Christl Wolfram, Julia-Beth Harris
Moderator: Giya Makondo-Wills

When: Thursday 12 October 2023 / 18:30

Where: Pleinzaal De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, RR Amsterdam

If you missed the event please watch the live stream video recording below: