In 2022, ConTextos launched its second chapter of Into a Black Beyond, a multimedia project that aims to build a new library of writing and art created by Black Chicagoans. IABB embraces our multitudes to go beyond dichotomies. It is a space for ALL types of Black people. IABB 2.0 intends to continue an excavation of the Chicago we call home and imagine through written, visual, and fine Art.
IABB 2.0 is a three-part series of modules, the third of which will meet on Wednesday evenings this Fall.
What follows is the application for Module Three: Afrofuturism
Afrofuturism defined simply: Afrofuturism is a movement in literature, music, art, etc., featuring futuristic or science fiction themes which incorporate elements of black history and culture.
Afrofuturism is not only about the future, our future. It also involves looking back and reimagining alternative versions of the past and present. It centers the people of the African diaspora in speculative works of fiction that range from the realistic to the fanciful. Afrofuturism frees us to imagine and reimagine our past, present, and future as Black people. It presents an opportunity to free ourselves, even if only in worlds of our own creation at first, from oppressive and disruptive forces. Like many works of speculative fiction, Afrofuturism looks at what is happening now and what has happened in the past in order to project possibilities into the future and alternate realities.