DIASPORIC SELF: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca LONDON/ AMSTERDAM

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning: 7th December – 25th January 2019

Framer Framed: 14th December – 17th February 2019


Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca takes the shape of a living  space for everyday vernacular performances, radio translations and improvisations, presented as an visual, sonic and dialogic program and exhibition environment.

Bringing together artists, thinkers, poets and strangers to look into unconstituted archives and informal memories practices that inform, characterize and map contemporary black cultures in Europe to address the historical and contemporary relationships, codes and lingua franca that are transmitted between various diasporic (artistic) communities and how these themes shape the practices, conversations and realities of producers and practitioners.

As  a site of study, Diasporic Self showcases how sonic and visual practices are guiding, (un)doing and documenting the ways memories, presences, togetherness and production within, and outside of the confinement of diaspora are continuously (re)shaping the alternative lexicons that influence the contemporary black cultures across Europe.

Diasporic Self: Black Togetherness as Lingua Franca will infiltrate 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning in London and Framer Framed in Amsterdam inserting itself to transform both spaces. the architecture, frameworks, functions and structures of the space without displacing its everyday activities. Drawing together myriad voices from across Europe, Diasporic Self takes many forms operating as an innovative platform for (un)doing, memories, presences and togetherness about Diasproic communities by Diasporic selves.

Artists And Contributors (London & Amsterdam)

Lydienne Albertoe, Jabu Arnell, Afaina de Jong & Inna Vision, Nadeem Din Gabisi, Ajamu Ikwe Tyehimba, Hannah Catherine Jones, Anne Krul, Rabz Lansiquot,  Silvia Martes, Nastio Mosquito and Pascale Obolo.



Black Togetherness Weekender: 12th January – 13th January 2019 (Times TBA)

Join us for a weekend of talks, performances, readings and screenings to think about what Black Togetherness is, means or could be.


Meeting Space

Come to the space for your meeting!   If you have a project that promotes or considers Black Togetherness come and have your planning or strategy meeting in the space. For more info and booking email mattie@198.org.uk



We will be producing a number of podcasts as part of the programme, such as the one below recorded at the 1:54 Forum.  We will do this with different people from across Europe. If you have an idea you would like to share with us that might become part of the Diasporic Self podcast programme email info@barbyasante.com


For more about our programme at Framer Framed please visit www.framerframed.nl

Diasporic Self is convened by Amal Alhaag and Barby Asante and is supported by The Arts Council of England, Mondrian Fonds and Amsterdams Fonds Voor de Kunst.