Afro IS the future
Afrofuturism has had a moment in recent years and like always it continues to encompass various meanings to different people. In this collection, I draw upon the other-worldly aspect of Blackness as it exists outside of the confines of humanness, a distinction that is purposely NOT afforded to bodies that are imbued with Black as their distinction (see Frank Wilderson III).
I grew up watching Star Trek (the Original, TNG, Deep Space Nine and Voyager) and I recall being enthralled with the alien characters who also presented Black. I was captivated by how they were able to represent in an intergalactic context, generally without reprisal or fear based solely upon how dark their skin appeared.
This collection continues where my previous work left off, from a perspective that embraces the fluidity of gender and race no longer defined solely by behavior or the illusion of skin tone. Historically in pre-colonial Africa, as with most indigenous peoples, there existed within many nations and groups a place for non-conforming relationships and the individuals who presented or existed outside of Western defined binaries.
As a queer identified Black woman I believe that Black folk are destined to re-acquaint ourselves with histories and cultures that thrive outside of the binding imperialist mindset that has for so long shackled us to who we 'are' outside of a direct consideration of Black folks as Beings. Ultimately, I see the diaspora embracing our future/eternal selves in every manifestation of our fabulous excellence.