From 11-13 April 2019, the Pan African Space Station landed in the stolen and occupied land of the Boonwurrung (of the Kulin nation), in what is known today as Australia.
Invited by Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) as part of an exhibition entitled Shapes of Knowledge, PASS explored “Black Australia” historical and current connections to pan Africanism and their participation in FESTAC ’77 – the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture which took place in Lagos in 1977. Our publication on FESTAC will be released later this year.
We give thanks to our collaborators Sista Zai Zanda, who presented a daily show exploring different perspectives on community making in Australia for Africans in collaboration with Naomi Velaphi, Ziimusic and N’fa Jones; rapper and vocalist Lady Lash; pioneering Aboriginal reggae artist Bart Willoughby; composer, singer, trumpeter Olugbade Okunade, featuring musician and producer Enoch Ogiemwanre; multidisciplinary artist Torika Bolatagici who installed her ongoing library project The Community Reading Room; Stani Goma for “Music of the Black Struggle in Australia”, in collaboration with Jason Tamiru.
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