In 2012, I developed the salon style series ‘Black in Berlin’ as a reaction to the appropriation of Afropean culture by the German, English- language mainstream media. The experience of being Black in Berlin can oftentimes be polarizing. The lingering effects of African colonization that are ever present in the city mixed with the inherent alienation of “representing” the other creates a complex day to day existence. This paradox does not have to be internalized. The Black in Berlin Salon is an opportunity to dialogue issues, foster community and generate conversation with the willing to listen. The salon encourages people of all races and backgrounds to participate in the discussion but privileges the voices of the African diasporic. In 2016, the format was revised to feature a guest interview related to the topic that served as a pre-cursor to the open conversation. Each session of the Black in Berlin Salon operates loosely around a different theme. The event images below are from the 2016/2017 series. 

 KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Guest: Nine Yamamoto 

KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Guest: Nine Yamamoto 

 Hallesches Haus. Guest: Zen Jefferson

Hallesches Haus. Guest: Zen Jefferson

 Savvy Contemporary Gallery. Guests: Laurel and Jermain Raffington

Savvy Contemporary Gallery. Guests: Laurel and Jermain Raffington

 Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore. Guests: Nasheeka Newsreel and Cienna Davis

Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore. Guests: Nasheeka Newsreel and Cienna Davis

 District Kunst und Kulturforderung. Screening

District Kunst und Kulturforderung. Screening

 Schwules Museum. Guest: Isaiah Lopaz

Schwules Museum. Guest: Isaiah Lopaz

 Agora Center for Contemporary Practices. Guest: Musa Okwonga

Agora Center for Contemporary Practices. Guest: Musa Okwonga

 District Kunst und Kulturforderung.  Guest Moderators: Diana Arce, May Yufani and Sky Dietrich

District Kunst und Kulturforderung.  Guest Moderators: Diana Arce, May Yufani and Sky Dietrich

 Uferstudios Für Zeitgenössischen Tanz. Guest: Shannon Lewis

Uferstudios Für Zeitgenössischen Tanz. Guest: Shannon Lewis