Retracing migrations within the African diaspora
Jamal Cyrus presented his artworks of the BMW Art Journey about the notion of the Afro-Atlantic at Art Basel in Miami 2018. The idea of the Afro-Atlantic provides the conceptual underpinning for Jamal Cyrus’ journey.
Inspired in part by Paul Gilroy’s Cyrus examined the many diverse cultural hybrids that have emerged through protracted interaction between the continents. Such cultural hybrids – molded by forces of conquest, colonization, slavery, industry, migration, and philosophy – can be apprehended in the cultural centers Cyrus visited. These include among others the Elmina Castle in Accra, Ghana; the Theatre Champs-Elysees, in Paris, France; Brixton's Electric Avenue, in London, England; the Alhambra in Granada, Spain; and Congo Square, in New Orleans, United States.
Music Artist: Jamire Williams
Title: Midnite Boogaloo