By Masiyaleti Mbewe
Under the Future Africa Visions in Time touring exhibition, The Afrofuturist Village by Zambian queer futurist writer, photographer, and activist Masiyaleti Mbewe, is an ongoing exhibition that uses various mediums (text, video, and photography) to examine the different identities, diverse cultures, and languages that might exist in the Afrofuture.
This exhibition focuses on using space as one of the central themes, such as how Black people occupy space, and how we can re-imagine non-monolithic ideas of Blackness in the future. The exhibition also questions why “space is the place” and theorises a future that does not require a Black exodus into outer space, but rather imagines a world that sustains Blackness on this earth.
The Afrofuturist Village establishes how the concept of Afrofuturism can be applied to the African experience. By linking the various histories of African languages, post-colonial narratives, and the desire to reconnect, re-establish and
renew, The Afrofuturist Village practically explores theories of space transcendence to promote inclusivity in Afrofuturism.
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