Princela Biyaa


»About 8 years ago Ines Johnson-Spain started writing down her story. She visited Pankow, Togo, Benin and Mülheim to get answers she was denied for a long time. Answers to uncover the silence about her identity, her belonging and home.«

In cooperation with Alexis Rodríguez, Interkultur Ruhr and Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund | Köln, the Association for Black Art_ists is conceptualizing a day-long program around the film screening of ›Becoming Black‹, the autobiographical documentary by Ines Johnson-Spain. »We are aiming to create a space for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPoC) to discuss what we can learn from Ines Johnson-Spain’s experiences on a personal and communal level. Her story is relevant to so many BIPoC living in the diaspora. What can returning and finding home mean to us? How can we refuse circles of silence and the fall into oblivion in a society that claims to have a commemorative culture? How do we find a sense of belonging?«