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Being LatiNegr@ in a Digital Age

The Network

Finding Afr@-Latinidad in ‘the Network’:

“My case, then, as an Afro-descendant, Afro-Latin, Colombian, Latin, Latin American, Black, from Bogota, etc., has not been different. I have wondered about those identities that are sometimes imposed, other times accepted, which guide our path. Sometimes through personal searches, other times from trying to understand the classifications imposed by  “others,” or by tradition, these questions have fueled my processes of cultural, social, academic and personal recognition and self-identification. They have led me from Colombia, a society that seeks to promote multicultural recognition as a way of becoming modern and contemporary regardless of the historical invisibility of its many cultures, to Canada, a multicultural society in which diversity becomes the advertising slogan of a product that sometimes does not exist. In general, this physical, symbolic and cultural journey has allowed me to explore some long-term questions that accompany the Black woman/man, the Afro-descendant; at the same time, this journey also allows me to ask and answer new questions.

These new questions became research projects and their answers resulted in concrete actions. With the first question, I formulated a route through the discourses and forms of representation and images that were not traditionally associated with Afro-descendants. However upon review they were displayed as belonging to ever changing universal images with varying degrees. The question that began to plague me was: What elements are considered Afro-descendant and African in artistic terms during this period of contemporary globalization?”

Read the rest: Eduard Arriga, “Representations, scales, and identities of Afrodescendants in a digital age,” afrolatin@ | Proyecto Afrolatin@