Visionary Aponte: Pierce Freelon & Ingrid LaFleur
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Aural Futures and Afrofuturism
A Part of Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom
Join us for a panel discussion with Durham activist, scholar, and entrepreneur Pierce Freelon and artist, activist, and Afrofuturist Ingrid LaFleur. This event is a part of Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom, a nine-week art exhibit and accompanying series of conversations, screenings, performances, residencies, and workshops at Duke University organized by the Power Plant Gallery and the Forum for Scholars and Publics. The exhibit is curated by Édouard Duval-Carrié and Ada Ferrer and is based on a digital humanities project called Digital Aponte. Find more information online at aponte.dukefsp.org.
Light lunch served. Free and open to the public.
“These conversations might take their cue from Aponte’s story, or the artwork, but they are not limited by either. And certainly they are no less important. Our program of events strives to create many access points, and that means considering how these works might influence our physical bodies, via dance, or walking around the gallery, or via conversations about Black freedom, or films on Afrofuturism.” —Caitlin Margaret Kelly, Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom, Forum Online
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Pierce Freelon is a professor, director, musician, Emmy-Award winning producer, and former candidate for mayor of Durham. Born and raised in Durham, Pierce has traveled the world, building spaces for creative expression and social justice. He founded Blackspace, a digital maker space where youth learn about music, film, and coding.…...Read More
Ingrid LaFleur is an artist, activist, and Afrofuturist. Her mission is to ensure equal distribution of the future, exploring the frontiers of social justice through new technologies, economies, and modes of government. As a recent Detroit Mayoral candidate and founder and director of AFROTOPIA, LaFleur implements Afrofuturist strategies to empower…...Read More
Negar Mottahedeh is Associate Professor in the Program in Literature and in the Women’s Studies Program at Duke University, a cultural critic, and film theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies. She is the author of Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian…...Read More