The Implications of Recovery is a temporary research center and active site for social engagement that posits a meditation on the meaning of recovery in relation to “the Black Past”. This occupation of the SRISA Project Space revolves around the development and tactical implementation of projects related to the Associazione Culturale BHMF, Black History Month Florence, The Recovery Plan, Black Archive Alliance and research connected to these initiatives. Aestheticizing transnational networks and visualizing social labor, the project fosters experimental modes of archive generation and institution building. During the course of the exhibition the site is employed as an operational workshop by the BHMF team providing insight to the behind the scenes and expanding upon collaborative efforts.
Drawing upon the action of safeguarding archives in dialogue with the consistent erasure of Black history in the global context BHMF has initiated an ongoing project titled The Recovery Plan. The Implications of Recovery investigates what it means to recover from historical amnesia, to emerge from socio-political burial and to address what precisely needs to be recovered. The myriad of projects initiated and coordinated by BHMF are active efforts towards the conservation of Black history within the Italian context and the network of institutions, schools, artists, scholars and associations that have supported and advanced these projects are celebrated herein as the foundation of a truly young initiative with far reaching objectives.
Moving towards the fifth edition of Black History Month Florence which opens in February 2020 under the theme OBBLIGATO, this project is a prelude to this edition’s reflection on social obligations. There has never been a moment where a multiplicity of historical narratives were not needed to coexist, to complete each other and to provide the complexity that is so fundamental to humanity. In a contemporary context so overwhelmed with access to data that a lack of social integrity is almost a guarantee, this project lays out the implications of recovery.
Black History Month Florence was founded in 2016 is a cross institutional network for Black cultural production that celebrates the diversity of Afro-descendent Cultures in the context of Italy. The initiative is engaged in programming, advising and co-promoting over 50 events annually within the month of February, through a network formed and supported by the Comune, foundations, institutions, cultural associations, museums, schools and venues dedicated to art and to music. Black History Month Florence is broken down into BHMF Film, BHMF Art, BHMF Workshop, BHMF Talk, BHMF Food, BHMF Tours, BHMF Kids and BHMF Theatre/Dance forming a community dedicated to challenging flattened narratives about African and African Diasporic cultures and disseminating culturally diverse programming. Presented in a singular platform, the initiative is a rallying of voices designed to facilitate cross-cultural research and dialogue. Since 2016 the initiative together with a broad range of partners has curated, programmed, coordinated and co-promoted over 250 events and provided the foundation for ongoing projects including The Recovery Plan, Black Archive Alliance and more.
November 14 – December 7 2019
mon-fri 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – free entrance
SRISA Project Space – Santa Reparata International School of Art
Via Santa Reparata 19r, 50129 Firenze
055 4627374 – 055 5000380 firstname.lastname@example.org – https://srisa.gallery