Artists and the Memory of Slavery: Resistance, creative freedom and legacies
In the framework of UNESCO’s Slave Route Project’s activities and the second edition of Sillons de Cultures of the cultural association ‘Fait à Cuba’, a cultural event will be organized from 4 to 11 September 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris. It will be devoted to highlight the relationship between artistic creation and the memory of the slave trade and slavery through a seminar, an exhibition and a performance.
In view of contributing to the objectives of the International Decade for people of African Descent (2015-2024) proclaimed by the United Nations, the principal activities of this event organized by the Slave Route project in partnership with the cultural association Fait à Cuba and Vallois gallery comprise:
− The international seminar on the theme “Artists and the Memory of Slavery: resistance, creative liberty and heritage”, on September 4th 2015,
− The exhibition "Modern Times. Artists and the Memory of Slavery" of monumental artworks by fifteen contemporary sculptors and visual artists from Africa and the Caribbean, 4 - 11 September,
− The performance entitled “Oggun Today” based on an exploration of tradition and modernity through music and dance, on 4 September.
The program will extend with the second part of the exhibition "Modern Times" at Vallois Gallery, in the heart of the area of Saint-Germain-Des-Prés in Paris, 8 September – 3 October 2015.