Black History Month Florence
February 2017 – Florence, Italy
The second edition of BHMF expounds on the celebration of cultures of the African Diaspora and the definition of “Black History” beyond the African-American experience to the contextual meaning observed in the multi-cultural backdrop of Florence, Italy. This year, almost 40 cultural partners are involved, and over 50 events have been organized, including two exhibitions in the SACI Galleries: Enrico Riley, Infinite Receptors (February 9-March 2, reception on February 9) and Vita Quotidiana, Le Opere di George Zogo (February 2-March 2, reception on February 16).
Black History Month Florence is a multifaceted exploration of the African Diaspora, its history and its impact on contemporary Florence. The project consists of a range of lectures, film projections, book readings, art exhibitions, food events, concerts and performances that seek to link a broad network of spaces dedicated to cultural production throughout Florence and the broader community of African Diasporic Peoples local to Florence. Relying upon venues and spaces to highlight this program, the work is fluid in its identity and consists of a compilation of related events organized within a single conceptual framework. Community based organizations representing various communities in the city are drawn upon to generate a historical context for a contemporary presence. The program seeks to celebrate the cultural contributions of the diaspora that has permanently impacted pop culture in numerous ways.