In 1900 at the World’s Fair in Paris W.E.B. Du Bois presented a multifaceted exhibition that included anonymous portraits of African Americans that called into question the (pseudo-)scientific proofs and popular racist stereotypes of his era. In addition, the exhibition encompassed books and patents by African Americans and numerous diagrams, graphics and drawings that sketched out the demographic and economic situation of Blacks at the turn of the century. In the exhibition “American Negro Exhibit” Du Bois showed how much African Americans had achieved in the 35 years since the end of the Civil War and slavery in the USA. His work was highly praised and awarded with a gold medal in the spring of 1900.
In the exhibition accompanying the programme in HAU1 pictures will be shown that refer to the early social progress of Black Americans. In addition, for the first time in a German context in the continuing global struggle for freedom and political resistance, a contemporary visual dialogue on Afrofuturism 2.0 will be had, with contributions by Black German, Black Canadian, Black American and Black British artists.
This exhibition presents works by Manzel Bowman, Tim Fielder, Krista Franklin, Tori Hunter, Odera Igbokwe, John Jennings, Jessi Jumanji, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Stephen Lawson, Isaiah Lopaz, Maseho, Sheeba Maya, Nando Nkrumah, Jason Reeves, Maya Smith, Stacey Robinson, C. Flux Singleton and Quentin VerCetty.
Curated by Natasha A. Kelly.
A project by Natasha A. Kelly in collaboration with HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University.