Johny Pitts: Afropean: Travels in Black Europe

Johny Pitts: Afropean: Travels in Black Europe

MonoVisions Black & White Photo Contest 2021

In Afropean writer and photographer journalist Johny Pitts (Sheffield, UK) examines the life of black communities, travelling across Europe. In search of the “Afropean” identity he went across the continent travelling from London to Paris, via Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, Moscow, Rome, Marseille, Madrid and Lisbon sketching an underexposed story about the continent in words and images. He travelled to Amsterdam to hear from The Black Archives about Hermina and Otto Huiswoud, fighters against colonialism and for black communism. He documented Cova Da Moura, the Cape Verdean Favela on the outskirts of Lisbon with its own underground economy and visited the Clichy Sous Bois district in Paris, where uprisings erupted in 2005 following the deaths of Bouna and Zyed, two boys who died after a chase hidden from the police.

Johny Pitts: “These scattered fragments of Afropean experience had formed a mosaic inside my mind ( … ) the Afropean reality was a bricolage of blackness and I’d experienced an Africa that was both in and of Europe.” – Afropean. Notes from Black Europe, p.380, London 2019

Johny Pitts
Afropean: Travels in Black Europe
18 September – 1 November 2020

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam
www.foam.org

New Europe, London, from the series Afropean, 2013 © Johny Pitts, courtesy of the artist.

New Europe, London, from the series Afropean, 2013 © Johny Pitts, courtesy of the artist.

Zyed Benna & Bouna Traoré Memorial, Clichy sous bois, Paris. From the series Afropean © Johny Pitts courtesy of the artist

Zyed Benna & Bouna Traoré Memorial, Clichy sous bois, Paris. From the series Afropean © Johny Pitts courtesy of the artist

H&M, Bern From the series Afropean © Johny Pitts courtesy of the artist

H&M, Bern From the series Afropean © Johny Pitts courtesy of the artist

Chateau Rouge, Paris. From the series Afropean © Johny Pitts courtesy of the artist

Chateau Rouge, Paris. From the series Afropean © Johny Pitts courtesy of the artist


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