British-Nigerian filmmaker, Jenn Nkiru’s short film, Rebirth is Necessary (2017) is currently closing the Afro-Atlantic Histories series at MASP (the Museu de Arte de São Paulo) in Brazil. As described on MASP’s website, the Afro-Atlantic Histories series “is motivated by the desire and need to draw parallels, frictions and dialogues around the visual cultures of Afro-Atlantic territories – their experiences, creations, worshiping and philosophy.” With Rebirth is Necessary, “Nkiru updates the Afrofuturist message: the black person is the past, present and future, and for this reason, resistance is also a form of rebirth.” Works by John Akomfrah, Kahlil Joseph and many others esteemed filmmakers of the African diaspora were also featured in the series which opened in June.

liquid blackness looks forward to welcoming Nkiru to Atlanta later this spring where she will present an artist talk and screening of her work, the topic of the current liquid blackness research project.