UnMapped, Noumeda Carbone solo exhibition at SRISA, Florence
I’ve been invited to exhibit my work during
The Black History Month Florence.
“As part of the III Edition of Black History Month Florence,
in collaboration with SRISA presents
UnMapped, solo project by Noumeda Carbone.
The works of Noumeda draw upon the worlds of street art and illustration enveloping the viewer with an obsessive detail and an intricate patterning of line.
Unmapped Noumeda Carbone’s wall painting “Unmapped ” communicate a bizarre feeling of being stuck in a web of infinite matted wires, vein-like. An invasive and consuming sense of discomfort is a starting point from which her creativity springs.
Noumeda shows us how conditioned our lives are. A life of rules, traditions, unstable politics, invasive media and loneliness … Unmapped invite us to explore outside of the box, find a way to build a society where humanity is at the center, borders are just a concept, and what happen on the other side affect the whole system, because at the end of the day, the world is one and we’re all stuck here, but together.”
Co-curated by Janine Gäelle and Justin Randolph Thompson
In collaboration with SRISA
Black History Month Florence III Edition
ORIGINS OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent.
Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
In the decades that followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.
President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
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.
Santa Reparata was founded in 1970 as the Santa Reparata Graphic Art Centre by Dennis Olsen, Giuseppe Gattuso, and Michael Schnorr; three artists who wished to provide a professional workshop for established printmakers and interested students.
Though modest in size by today’s standards, the Centre attracted an impressive array of artists, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized. Over the years Santa Reparata provided workspace and contract printing for Antonio Zavier and Raffaele Bueno, Sandro Chia, Renato Ranaldi, Giovanni Ragusa, James McGarrell, and many others.