Ekow Eshun

1:54 FORUM, African Art Fair Talks Programme

FORUM 2018 takes the motif of Freefall as a point of departure from which to explore black artistic practice as a strategy of innovation, resistance and liberation.

1-54 FORUM is a platform for collective knowledge sharing and making at 1:54 African Art Fair, led by guest
contributors from artistic, cultural and socio-political arenas. Curated by Ekow Eshun,
FORUM 2018 is using Freefall as a point of departure to introduce a range of
enquiries concerning the nature of contemporary black creativity. The concept of
Freefall has been used by a range of cultural makers as a way to interrogate ideas of
blackness. References range from the novels of Toni Morrison and artworks by
Steve Mcqueen, as well as more direct observations by artists. As Arthur Jafa
recently reflected, black people ‘create culture in freefall, but we also create kinship
in freefall.’
Over four afternoons FORUM brings together artists, curators and scholars to
address key questions and topics that will break down and take Freefall in
multifarious directions.

1:54 FORUM, African Art Fair Talks Programme