Afrofuturism has being influencing black artists and creators over the last 40 years, giving them the freedom to express their creativities. Even though this cultural aesthetic had provoked debates, we can assume that through the lens of Afrofuturism, people of color are gaining significant representation.
The number of Afrofuturist creators have increased significantly over the two decades. In fact, with the release of the 2018 superhero movie Black Panther (2018), many more black artists are discovering new spaces. Black Panther set Afrofuturism in different areas, pushing black people to share their stories. Afrofuturism is the reinventing of a future full of science, art, and technology. My own interest in Afrofuturism began when I read an article in 2017 about my own singing in which a journalist described my music as afrofuturist. I asked myself why so much interest in Afrofuturism in Italy nowadays. Most importantly, in “A Journey Through Afrofuturism” performance I will provide my inner personal experience through the lens of afrofuturism.
Hopes, hurdles, pitfalls, and triumphs: Italian’s Afro-descendant women reveal their journeys against the backdrop of today’s Italy. Singers, stylists, writers, politicians, and athletes. Their stories are life-affirming and they take place in a multicultural country which they deeply love, but that places them in a confined space of stereotypes and prejudices. This is a kind of heroines’ collective that wants to save Italy from racism.