The Afrofuturist Village


The Afrofuturist Village by Masiyaleti Mbewe was a project that aimed to use various mediums (text, video and photography) to project the different identities, diverse cultures and languages that might exist in the afrofuture.


This exhibition aimed to imagine blackness in afrofuturism as diverse and equal and challenge the idea of space in afrofuturism.


The exhibition aimed to challenge the stereotypical applications of afrofuturism and ask ‘What if black people, as rich in culture and diverse as we are stayed right here on earth and claimed our rightful spaces?’


In this way, space and diversity was a huge theme throughout the exhibition and by the invention of future characters that might dominate this ‘village’ the ideas of reconnecting to our spiritual past and our physical need for representation in order to heal and re-examine our futures was forged.


The afrofuturist village establishes how the concept of afrofuturism can be applied to the African experience. By linking the various histories of African languages, post-colonial narratives and the desire to reconnect, re-establish and renew; the afrofuturist village expands the theory of transcending space and time in an effort to suggest inclusivity in afrofuturism.


The exhibition utilised the use of braille for visually impaired art lovers and sign language interpretations for the hearing impaired to make the concept of exhibition more inclusive.

First showcased at 'The Afrofuturist Village' exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Namibia info
First showcased at 'The Afrofuturist Village' exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Namibia info
First showcased at 'The Afrofuturist Village' exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Namibia info

“Language is the naming of experience and thereby, the possession of experience. Language makes possible a connection that leads to a reality. For all of these things, language is political. Power belongs to the ones who have the power to determine the use, abuse, rejection, definition/redefinition of the words – we try to say to each other.”

-June Jordan

First showcased at 'The Afrofuturist Village' exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Namibia info
First showcased at 'The Afrofuturist Village' exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Namibia info
First showcased at 'The Afrofuturist Village' exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Namibia info
First showcased at 'The Afrofuturist Village' exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Namibia info
First showcased at 'The Afrofuturist Village' exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Namibia info
First showcased at 'The Afrofuturist Village' exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Namibia info

Pan-African Futurism


This is the application of afrofuturistic ideals and philosophies in a pan-african context. This definition of afrofuturism intends to expand the mostly westernized use of afrofuturism in Africa


-Masiyaleti Mbewe and Phillip Khabo Khopsell

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