HARLEM HIDDEN HISTORY: THE CULT OF THE PHOENIX
at the Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, New York
for the Bronx Latin-American Art Biennial 2016
From August to December 2016 the project will move its headquarters to the Freedman Mansion Home (AFH) in the Bronx, NY, as part of the Bronx Latin-American Art Biennial. The main topic for this “residency” at the AFH is an exploration of historical associations that encouraged the empowerment of black people and promoted interracial, intercultural activities as a vital tool to fight racism. Following the demographic changes and challenges of the second half of the twentieth century and first decades of the twenty first century, this project establishes a link between the cultural and political life in Harlem during the past century and the current social dynamics in the Bronx. This program will be comprised of monthly lectures, micro-performances, informal encounters and photo shoots. The unique architecture and setting of the Andrew Freedman Home will also become a background for building a chapter of the continuing graphic novel “Harlem Hidden History.” The project encourages the participation of AFH staff, residents and daily visitors as well as that of community members.