Hits New Haven this March

Get ready – Yale’s second annual AFRICA SALON, curated by Ayiba alum Ifeanyi Awachie, comes to New Haven from March 28 to April 3. Recognizing and celebrating the outpouring of cutting-edge African visual art, film, music, and more, the second annual SALON brings narrative-disrupting artists, thinkers, designers, dancers, and musicians to Yale and New Haven, Connecticut.

From the continent’s biggest cities, the diaspora, and elsewhere, African artists tell stories of urban life, grapple with the complexity of identity, innovate through digital media, and infuse the traditional with their own contemporary references to push the boundaries of the arts and destabilize narrow preconceptions of Africa.

Through exhibits, fashion shows, “unpanels,” film screenings, performances, a “Portal” to Kenya, and a tantalizing “African brunch,” AFRICA SALON creates a space where local communities can experience firsthand the stories, images, sounds, and even tastes of Africa’s current artistic and cultural landscape.

The lineup includes leading figures from African and its diaspora including Ayiba alums Hannah Giorgis, Ikire Jones, Pearl of Africa, and Afripedia. Other guests include: Nairobi-based creative duo 2 Many SiblingsSouth African photographer Kent AndreasenNamibian researcher and artist Nicola Brandt, Kenyan artist Helen Harris, Austro-Nigerian visual artist David Uzochukwuand Nigerian photographer Willy. Stay tuned for more details via AFRICA SALON.