Sharing our stories of journeying can be difficult. The challenge can be in the pain of re/membering the emotional travel from one place or time to another or the barriers of having the story told in bits and pieces like a jigsaw puzzle. Every journey is different. For many diasporic Afrikans our journeys have been homogenized and frozen in time by the Maafa. Not to take away from the Maafa, but allowing that experience to overshadow our experiences as Afrikan peoples takes away not only from the other journeys that we have taken, but the way in which the Maafa has been placed in the collective consciousness infantilising Afrikan communities. The categorisation of the enslavement of Afrikans as a negative one-time event continues to manifest worldwide and halts the ways in which we have survived and further obscures our healing and understanding of how and why we must heal.
Due to the frequent misunderstanding and misuse of how to speak about and share the trans-atlantic slave trade, there can be a fear and lack of desire to share our stories, especially if racism and colonialism has taught colonized people to resist working together or we have not had genuine spaces of healing and collaboration in modernized spaces. There needs to be a lot of team-spirit-building in order to talk about how imperialism and colonization has affected the survivours and ancestors of various racialised and minoritized communities.
I am thankful that T-Dot Renaissance is a place where we as artists are able to speak about our experiences as immigrants/first-generation/warrior storytellers. There has been an incubus of the team-spirit-building under Amanda Parris’ watchful eyes (all three of them) in preparation for T-Dot Renaissance's Multi-Arts Installation.
Are you reading for a multi-layered Renaissance?
December 3rd and December 4th, 2011
3pm - 8pm each day
404-263 Adelaide Street W.