The Little Book of Big Visions
How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, Sharon Dodua Otoo (Ed.) Series: Witnessed
Paperback, 158 pages
140 x 205mm
978-3-942885-31-7 / 2-973
14,80 Euro
Publication Date 09/2012
Series: Witnessed
Paperback, 158 pages
140 x 205mm
978-3-942885-31-7 / 2-973
14,80 Euro
Publication Date 09/2012

Content

If Babylon should fall tomorrow, how would Black artists react?

Black artists in Germany find themselves – necessarily – in a position where double consciousness, subversiveness and resistance – both implicit and explicit – become important strategies for surviving in this predominantly white environment. The Little Book of Big Visions. How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World, the first publication in the English-language series Witnessed, answers the questions of what truly egalitarian communities and societies might look like and what role Black cultural workers play in the realization of such visions. What would Black artistic practices within such visionary communities look like? What is beyond reaction and resistance? This book aims to contribute to a discourse underrepresented in Germany by enabling a discussion of the current situation of Black cultural workers in Germany and by focusing on how contemporary Black cultural workers in Germany create and communicate visions of equal opportunities.


Witnessed Book Series Edition 1 ~ Sharon Dodua Otoo


With contributions from Jamika Ajalon, Bibiana Arena, Mo Asumang, Sonia Elizabeth Barrett, Misa Dayson, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Gyavira Lasana, Stephen Lawson, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, Caille Millner, Yvette Mutumba, Sharon Dodua Otoo and Alexander G. Weheliye.

Editors & Series

Sandrine Micossé-Aikins — Sandrine Micossé-Aikins is an art historian, curator and cultural activist. Her work focuses on racism and empowerment in art, the power of colonial images, body politics, and representation and participation in the German-speaking art and culture scene. read more

Sharon Dodua Otoo — Sharon Dodua Otoo is an author, activist and editor of the English-language book series “Witnessed.” Her first novellas “the things i am thinking while smiling politely” (2012) and “Synchronicity” (2015) were published in German translation by edition assemblage in 2012 and 2014 respectively. read more

Witnessed — Witnessed is a book series published in a cooperation between edition assemblage and Sharon Dodua Otoo. It contributes English language testimonies to existing “Black in Germany” accounts (both fiction and non-fiction) while simultaneously providing access to this literature to international English-speaking audiences. read more

With contributions from Jamika Ajalon, Bibiana Arena, Mo Asumang, Sonia Elizabeth Barrett, Misa Dayson, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Gyavira Lasana, Stephen Lawson, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, Caille Millner, Yvette Mutumba, Sharon Dodua Otoo and Alexander G. Weheliye.

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Excerpt from the book The Little Book of Big Visions:

For Black artists working in Germany, the goal … should not rest solely with being seen and heard in a country that continues to struggle with having an ethnically and racially diverse population. The exciting mission, should we choose to accept it, is to serve as global role models on how to break through oppositional social constructs like race, class, gender, culture and nationality. In doing so, we create new models for what living in a world that privileges a multiplicity of voices would look like.

Imagine Us There: Visions of Radical. Art. People. Spaces by Misa Dayson

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