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31 January 2020

"Accompanying the film’s screening, the museum will have the collective’s first ever installation G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy On Raising Free Black Children on display: a space of almost one hundred square meters where visitors are invited to perform what the collective calls ‘spirit strategies’, contemplative rituals in the form of prayer, performances and dance. It asks the visitor to consider existential themes out loud: who are we and what is our part in this story?"

PORT Magazine
11 February 2020

"An incredible spectacle from the American Ummah Chroma collective sees visitors don robes and enter a vast, sacred space. You are invited to explore, meditate, draw, smell sage and even rake the soft gravel within the Afrofuturist installation. It is a sensorial and poetic piece that explores the histories of Baltimore (poignantly Rotterdam’s sister city) and the power of Black creativity and spirituality, perfectly at home within the impressive Het Nieuwe Instituut."

G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy On Raising Free Black Children was made possible thanks to the generous support of:

Het Nieuwe Instituut
The Ummah Chroma
Marina Otero Verzier (Director of Research), Katía Truijen (Senior Researcher)
Lauri Faggioni
Erin WIle
Maud Vervenne
International Film Festival Rotterdam
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