Afrofuturism: The Dandy Lion
Afrofuturism is “speculative fiction that treats African American themes and addresses African-American concerns in context of twentieth century techno-culture, and more generally, African- American signification that appropriation images of technology and prosthetically enhance future (Denry, 2).” Afrofuturism is a term I struggle with. I don’t think I am able to define it without having troubles. In doing research I found that Afrofuturism is defined in a number of different ways and that is why I am still fuzzy on the concept. However, I find that the concept of Afrofuturism is limitless. Mark Denry, writer of Black to the Future stated, “If there is an Afrofuturism, it must be sought in unlikely places, constellated from far-flung points (Denry, 3).” I take this to mean that this idea of Afrofuturism is fluid. With that being said I think that Afrofuturism is fluid in a good way in that it leaves room for new ideas related to the concept.
In the gallery walk I took several images of piece of work. I took a picture of the Dandy Lion poster that was now a part of the new exhibition. I didn’t know my connection to this project, nor did I know it’s connection to Afrofuturism, Modernism and Post Modernism. What I did know about the image, came from the caption on the poster “(Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity, which I later made the connection to Afrofuturism based on my own idea of Afrofuturism and the actually concept of Afrofuturism as explained by Denry. “The roots of Black Dandyism can be traced back to attempts by 15th-century African rulers to mix African attire with European fashions, and also to the “dressing up” of enslaved Africans in Europe and the Americas during the transatlantic ...
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...t is they want us to see, and what story they want to tell the viewer. It relates to also back to Afrofuturism in that artist also controlled the narrative and gave a story that they wanted us to have. I think that the Dandy Lion poster and the LL Cool J Cover are all connected to postmodernism and Afrofuturism in that in being black and things that associate with blackness, Afrofuturism looks at the bad, the past and rewrites blacks back into the future better and stronger and better than ever. Dandy Lions purpose is to move forward and change the perceptions of black men to not only black people, but the world and in a way helps rewrite our future. Afrofuturism makes you image things outside of what we are used to and what we believe is possible and it changes and challenges preconceived ideas of blackness and that is some of the aspects of the Dandy Lion movement.
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