Black Birds and ATN Photography invite you to ~
ABANTU X BLACK BIRDS
Black Birds and ATN Photography are thrilled to collaborate for the exclusive Sydney screening of 'Abantu - People of Art'.
It’s 2018 and what better way to continue empowering Black creatives, than through unity in the area of the Arts; where likeminded individuals can come together and celebrate one another in a safe space where we are appreciated and valued.
ATN Photography's first ever documentary film, 'ABANTU - People of Art', is about young creatives based in Zimbabwe who, despite lack of support and limited economic resources, are following their passion and break into the creative industries.
Join us for a night of music, performance, film, networking and celebration!
All funds raised will go towards a convention/exhibition for creatives based in Zimbabwe (2 of the main cities, Harare and Bulawayo) that will take place in December 2018. The convention/exhibition will be to create a support base for creative individuals across the country, uplifting one another and giving them an opportunity to network and collaborate!
MCed by Thuso Lekwape and Angela Nica
~ Featuring PERFORMANCES ~
~ LIVE MUSIC ~
~ DJ SETS ~
Artists announced soon!
At The Door: $20
*online ticket sales end 6th of July
~ Food, soft drinks and water available throughout the night. BYO alcohol ~
Donate to the Abantu convention/exhibition GoFundMe here
Tell us about how you ventured into the photography industry...
I ventured into this industry because of my passion for storytelling through visual imagery. As a Woman of Colour, I tend to focus on people of melanin which was influenced by the lack of representation of “Black” people in Australia. From media to the creative industry, there is rarely any content that highlights people of colour. As a photographer and creative, my ambition is to shine a light on what was once dim and provide a platform for people of colour to recognise that they are beautiful and we are one.
Why does representation matter to you?
The definition of representation is "The description or portrayal of someone or something in a particular way", therefore it's important to understand that the way you and I represent someone or something is how people will view and have an understanding of it. Coming back to why I ventured into the industry; so people of colour can have the opportunity to be presented as beautiful, peaceful and celebrating 'skin colour' as a whole.
You're originally from Zimbabwe but are now based in Perth; has your sense of belonging or home changed with your location?
No it hasn't. Ever since I moved overseas, starting from New Zealand to Australia, I've known that Zimbabwe is my home. Growing up in a household that is strong and firm on keeping the culture has also helped to keep that within me. Going back to Zimbabwe every 1-2 years gives me the reassurance that Australia is not my home and never will be my home. However, i do believe that I am here for a reason. It recently came to light what my purpose is; to build and develop myself as a young creative here and take that knowledge there. I'm not here to build myself to live a better life, but learn here and take it back home.
What inspired the creation of Abantu - People of Art?
I am a lover of documentaries, whether they be medical, crime, mental health...everything! Throughout 2017 I became hooked to i-D and their YouTube mini episodes on creatives around the world. But, it did come to my attention that Africa has never been touched when it comes to the creative industry, which disappointed me because personally I didn't know any creatives based within my own country. I guess that's what sparked in my mind...that when I go back I should do something about that.
What can people expect from the documentary?
Ever since Mugabe has been in ruling over Zimbabwe, the country has been represented in a negative light; being corrupt and having an unstable economy. With the film, people can expect a whole new understanding of Zimbabwe and the creative people within it. Despite only interviewing a small number of people there are hundreds, or even thousands, of individuals that haven't yet been discovered or had the platform to be exposed to the fast and wide growing industry. Personally, when I went back, I did not know what to expect. I arrived with an open mind and I was blown away. There is so much potential and passion within Zimbabwe and I hope through the film, people in Australia and all over the world can see that.
What's the next step for Abantu - People of Art?
After interviewing every individual in the film, it came to my attention that nothing has ever been done to unite creatives throughout Zimbabwe. The next step from all of this is to host an event called the 'ABANTU Tour'. The vision for the project is to collaborate with well known Zimbabwean creative individuals and groups to unite creatives within the country, allowing young people to network, share ideas and build a community/environment that supports each others' creativity and talent. This project will take place in Zimbabwe's two capital cities Bulawayo and Harare this December/January 2019.
In the long run, the vision is to continue with the ‘Abantu - People of Art’ name and create a hub for creatives in my home city, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The creative space will be an open place where creatives of all kinds can work on their craft and more importantly collaborate with one another. The hub will also be a ground for younger individuals who want to enter the creative industry to learn, grow and put their work into action.