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Africa Salon 2016 (28-3)


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Africa Salon is Yale University’s Contemporary African Arts and Culture Festival.

The lively week-long event presents exhibits, screenings, "Unpanels," fashion shows, performances, parties, and unique projects featuring some of the most consequential artists from the continent and diaspora. 

At a time when contemporary African art is drawing more eyes, turning more heads, and creating more buzz than ever, Africa Salon creates a space, unique amongst academic institutions, where audiences can intimately access arts and culture from Africa and the diaspora and absorb the complexity of the stories being told. Artists featured in Africa Salon, including student talent, share a progressive approach to owning and telling african stories. Through literature, film, music, dance, and more, the salon invites audiences to rethink their conceptions of the continent–to watch, listen, and respond–and to celebrate the creation of these important narratives.

Africa Salon is an encounter with a continent as conceived by its new authors. 

All events are open to the public + most events are free.


MONDAY, 3/28-SUNDAY, 4/3

PORTAL BETWEEN NEW HAVEN & NAIROBI
FREE: Cross Campus (College Street Side)
Conversations, performances, readings, and more in an audiovisual gold chamber connecting AFRICA SALON artists, Yale students and faculty, New Haven community members, and the Kwani? literary community in Nairobi

TUESDAY, 3/29-THURSDAY, 3/31

FREE: mo(ve)ments: African Digital Subjectivities (An Art Show)
Yale School of Art, 36 Edgewood Avenue, 2nd Floor Gallery Space

Visual art exhibit foregrounding digital encounters with African art and transnational aesthetics of cool. Featuring 2 Many Siblings (Kenya), Kent Andreasen (South Africa), Nicola Brandt (Namibia), Helen Harris (Namibia), David Uzochukwu (Austria/Nigeria), and William Ukoh (Nigeria)

MONDAY, 3/28

FREE: FILM SCREENING: HORSES OF GOD
7-9pm | Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
Award-winning Moroccan drama

TUESDAY, 3/29

FREE: mo(ve)ments RECEPTION
5:30-7:30pm | Yale School of Art, 36 Edgewood Avenue, 2nd Floor Gallery Space
Refreshments and conceptual tours led by the artists and AFRICA SALON Visual Content Curator Efe Igor

WEDNESDAY, 3/30

FREE: FILM SCREENING: SEMBENE!
7-9pm | SSS Hall Rm 114, 1 Prospect St
Documentary on “father of African cinema,” Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène

THURSDAY, 3/31

WORKSHOP IN AFRICAN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY 
FREE: 7-8:30pm | Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
Opening lecture by Cameroonian philosopher, political scientist, and public intellectual Achille Mbembe on “Decolonizing the University.” Co-sponsored with Yale Council on African Studies

FRIDAY, 4/1

FREE: FILM SCREENING: THE PEARL OF AFRICA
7-9pm | Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
Exclusive viewing of the unreleased documentary on the Ugandan LGBT movement

SATURDAY, 4/2

FREE: AFRICA SALON X PECHAKUCHA
2:30-3:30PM | Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park Street
Lively visual presentations on African arts and culture using 20 images x 20 seconds format. Featuring Erica James, Professor of Art History and African American Studies; the Yale University Art Gallery’s new African Art Curator Barbara Plankensteiner; Tsedenya Simmie ’19, student photographer and Yale Artist to Watch; and Michael Veal, Professor of Music and African American Studies. Refreshments and informal Q&A

FREE: AFRICAN FASHION SALON
4-5pm | Theatre Studies Ballroom, 220 York Street

Interactive fashion show featuring acclaimed menswear company Ikiré Jones and Yale alumni-founded couture brand House of Chihera

FREE: AN AFRICAN BALLROOM
5:30-6:30pm | Theatre Studies Ballroom, 220 York Street
Performances by Lacina Coulibaly, West African Dance Lecturer in Yale’s Theatre Studies program and dancer and choreographer for Faso Danse Theatre, a Burkina Faso-based dance company, and DZANA, Yale's urban African dance troupe

FREE: AFTERPARTY
11pm-2am | Harvest Wine Bar and Restaurant, 1106 Chapel Street
African-style turn-up spun by DJ Kash. Dress code: “African cool”

SUNDAY, 4/3

FREE: AFRICAN BRUNCH DAY PARTY
12:30-2:30pm | Afro-American Cultural Center, 211 Park Street
Food by La Libela (Ethiopian), Buka New York (Nigerian), and Café Sophie (Moroccan) and screenings of Afripedia. Dress code: “African cool”

FREE: IN THE CONTINUUM: A STAGED READING
3-6pm | Battell Chapel, 300 College Street
Contemporary African play presented by FOLKS, black artists at the Yale School of Drama (Yale Artists to Watch). Talkback and discussion, moderated by Hannah Giorgis of BuzzFeed and featuring Deans Jonathan Holloway and Risë Nelson of Yale College, on black and African student culture at Yale

FREE: AFRICA SALON CONCERT
7-10pm | College Street Music Hall, 238 College Street
Featuring Wambura Mitaru, Blitz the Ambassador, and Thomas Mapfumo