Art, Futurism, and the Black Imagination

 

The more than 100 works of art by 87 artists in Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination might seem like just another exhibition on Afrofuturism, an aesthetic and political concept that has gained global popularity in recent years. It describes an emergent strand of black cultural production that combines science fiction elements to imagine alternative visions—sometimes reparative, sometimes not—of the black experience in the past, present, and future. Indeed, recent group exhibitions confirm that Afrofuturism is part and parcel of the zeitgeist. Add current trends concerning human and technological obsolescence, time, futurity, and economic and ecological forecasting and you have a full picture of what plagues our collective consciousness. What makes Unveiling Visions unique is its foregrounding of the relation between design, material culture, and the centrality of black radicalism to contemporary conversations about racial politics.

 

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