AFROTOPIA is simultaneously an idea, a place, and a project.
The idea revolves around creating imaginative and effective solutions to address social challenges. The root of the idea is planted in Afrofuturism, a contemporary arts movement encompassing sound, literature, the culinary arts, and science. By fusing elements of science fiction, magical realism, ancient history, and non-western cosmologies, Afrofuturism serves as an invitation to actively create tomorrow and consciously control destiny. AFROTOPIA, the idea, deconstructs the elements of Afrofuturism and from those pieces builds and explores new and radical notions of what utopia is and can be.
AFROTOPIA, the place, is constantly being created, altered, and augmented. At its core, AFROTOPIA is the physical manifestation of Afrofuturistic philosophy. Time, space, and being flow together and mix in AFROTOPIA blurring the lines between the familiar and the exotic. Visitors to AFROTOPIA should enter with an open mind.
AFROTOPIA, the project, focuses on the city of Detroit and includes workshops for youth, an online exhibition and site-specific installations that imagine the future of Detroit using the African American cultural legacy as inspiration.
DETROIT IS AFROTOPIA. ALL ARE INVITED.
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