3 steps to Afrofuturism: EXPANSION(S)
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Mawena Yehouessi

SF and other fantasy genres are no longer counter-cultures, as they lost their alternative and sometimes subversive nature. However, sustainable development brings the future closer and urges us to change the present, the here and now. Knowledge & practices also expend, as well as styles & references that changed the notion of margins (dematerialized spaces, virtual communities etc.). AFROFUTURISM thus engages in a global, creative change full of actions. From the point of view of people who were outcast for centuries and have incarnated alterity, afrofuturism more than ever addresses the whole world. Inclusive and frentic, heterogeneous and free, trans (meaning « going through »), it invites us to perform the world.

Read, watch or listen to:

Afrofuturism: The Next Generation (Ruth La Ferla, The New York Times)

Une arme pour le futur + Afrique, présence des futurs (Alain Vicky, Le Monde Diplomatique)

How The Prefix ‘Afro-‘ May Arrest Imagination & Manifesto Salesmanship (Phetogo Tshepo Mahasha, Indie Wire)

Is the prefix Afro- (as in “Afro-futurism”) arresting our imagination… (Rasheedah Phillips, The AfroFuturist Affair)

Artwork:

M.Y. for B(s)ttF

Translation by Justine Rousseau

Author

Mawena Yehouessi
Diplomée de Philosophie puis Gestion de Projets Culturels, Mawena fait ses premières armes dans les milieux de l’art contemporain tout en menant de front divers projets : soirées, édition, collectifs artistiques… Fondatrice et directrice de Black(s) to the Future, son objectif est simple : mettre en lumière la part « afro » du monde et performer le futur. | www.mawenayehouessi.fr // @ma.wena
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