PASS landing at MUMA, Melbourne

From 11-13 April 2019, the Pan African Space Station will land at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) as part of an exhibition entitled Shapes of Knowledge.

PASS in Melbourne will be centred around the Australasian region’s participation (through ‘Black Australia’ and Papua New Guinea) in The Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC77) which took place in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977.

Using the event of Black Australia’s participation at FESTAC as a lens through which to locate and imagine new conversations around black internationalism, we hope to assemble historical fragments of the regions interaction with the African continent as means to acknowledge it’s relevance today.

PASS will function as a radio studio, a meeting place and an exhibition space to investigate this query through visual content, as well as conversations and performances with activists and artists working in the city.

Sista Zai Zanda will present a daily show on PASS which will explore different perspectives on community making in Australia for Africans, in collaboration with Naomi Velaphi, Ziimusic and N’fa Jones.

Rapper and vocalist Lady Lash will perform live in studio.

Pioneering Aboriginal reggae artist Bart Willoughby will perform live in studio.

Composer, singer, trumpeter Olugbade Okunade will perform live in studio, featuring musician and producer Enoch Ogiemwanre.

Multidisciplinary artist Torika Bolatagici will install a selection of publications in the studio, as part of her ongoing library project The Community Reading Room.

Stani Goma will present a daily show on PASS, “Music of the Black Struggle in Australia”, in collaboration with Jason Tamiru and Gary Murray.

PASS will broadcast live from MUMA:

  • Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April from 15:00-20:00 (AEST)
  • Saturday 13 April from 12:00 – 17:00 (AEST)

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