Take a journey with author/photographer Johny Pitts to search for the Black experience in Europe, as expressed through the arts.

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This event is part of the upcoming exhibition Johny Pitts - Afropean: Travels in Black Europe.

An often invisible part of Europe’s cultural life is revealed and celebrated by the British author and broadcaster Johny Pitts’ through his book Afropean (2018) and his eponymous online journal.

“I saw a continent full of opportunity, of parallels, of possible solidarity, but ultimately what I found empowering was knowing that the continent was full of people like me.”

During this evening, we take a journey with author/photographer Johny Pitts to search for the black experience in Europe, as expressed through the arts.

How can we understand our continent better by seeing it through Afropean eyes? With cultural anthropologist Francio Guadeloupe and author Johny Pitts, we will discuss the value of labels such as Afropean. Lisette Ma Neza responds to the work of Johny and to the conversation with several poetry slam performances during the evening.

On Friday 18 September, Forum on European Culture will present an interview with Johny Pitts about his project Afropean in Foam.

Johny Pitts (the United Kingdom, 1987) is an author, presenter, poet, photographer, and musician, performing music with the Bare Knuckle Soul Collective. He recently wrote the book ‘Afropean: Notes from Black Europe’, part of the larger Afropean project which attempts to explore the interaction between Black and European cultures in diverse ways including photography, performance and film. In the book, Pitts travels through a number of European cities, searching for a culture that embraces blackness and is yet fundamentally of Europe.

Moderator: Rokhaya Seck

This event will be streamed on Youtube, 19 September at 5:00 pm 

Tickets for this event can be booked via De Balie

This exhibition is created by Foam and Forum on European Culture, and is curated by Johny Pitts and Foam.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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