The artist residency of Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin at M.Bassy will be a continuation of his research and archiving work on the heterogeneity of Black and African life realities. In Hamburg Omonblanks will host and document conversations with members of the local Black Community as a journey to collecting new voices from Africa and the diaspora that later will enter his online archive, »The Art Concept«, on Black knowledge.
About The Art Concept
»The Art Concept – TAC Org« is an audiovisual online archive, which collects, processes and makes accessible Black knowledge in form of conversations – on the African continent as well as, from now on, in the African diaspora. The long-term goal is to build audio-visual libraries around the African continent to enable people to experience and access the collected documents, that is to say the cultural memory of Africa. TAC seeks to probe the ideas of what it means to be African.
»I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.“ (Kwame Nkrumah)
15.2.2020, 19.00 – The Heterogeneity of Black and African People in Hamburg & The Time Capsule: Ghana 1957
Omonblanks will invite the audience on the practical examination of his in Hamburg extended archive through an audiovisual installation and talk at M.Bassy. On that occasion, the music, film and festival producer will also create a multimedia time capsule transporting the attendees to Ghana in the 1950s: Fragments from its music and visual archive lead back to the scene of the independence movements remembering Ghana to be the first black African country that was freed of colonial rule.
Omonblanks in this series especially investigates how experiences of migration and racism can be transformed into empowerment strategies in Black Communities. He approaches issues related to belonging and dissociation in different contexts and compares the challenges faced by newly arrived Africans and how their experiences differ from those that arrived in Germany years ago.
Installation & Talk & Soulfood