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Creative Minds: Erasure Art Collective

February 28, 2024 at 7pm

BLACKOUT is an interdisciplinary art project that recreates historical slave ads using ‘erasure’ or ‘blackout’—a form of poetry created by erasing words from an existing text to create a visual poem.

The project uncovers messages in ads that appeared in local newspapers during slavery—a legal practice of buying and selling human beings that saw millions of Africans and people of African descent enslaved over hundreds of years. BLACKOUT reworks slaveholders texts to reveal new narratives honouring those who challenged one of historys most inhumane systems, and championing their bold acts of resistance.

Presenting the art of erasure poetry in non-traditional form, this presentation of BLACKOUT combines poetry with visual art, short film, and live performance collaboration with African Nova Scotian musicians.

This event is offered in recognition of African Heritage Month and is presented in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries, Nocturne Halifax, and Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery.

Attendees are not permitted to take photos or videos during the event.

Location: Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Public Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road

Hosted by Portia Clark

This event is free to the public. 

While registration seats are now sold out, there will be walk-in seats available on a first come, first served basis.

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