The month of February is also known as Black History Month in Canada. During this month, we celebrate and honour the legacy of Black Canadians and the communities they contribute to and continue to help build in Canada.
The entire month is also dedicated to the Black community’s contributions to the arts and culture in Canada.
The 2021 theme for Black History Month is “The Future is Now.” This theme serves as a call to action to move forward and continue building on the legacy of Black Canadians, as well as to recognize and celebrate the brilliant work that Black communities are doing now.
This year’s theme resonates perfectly with the concept of Afrofuturism, which many Black artists incorporate in their art. Afrofuturism is the reimagining of a future filled with art, science and technology through a Black lens.
It is a world where equality thrives and is rooted in ancient African traditions and Black identity. Notable works of art that have absorbed the concept of Afrofuturism into their existence are music by musicians such as Sun Ra, movies like Black Panther, the photography of Renee Cox and the novels of Samuel R. Delany and Octavia Butler.
There are several black Vancouver artists as well who focus their work on Afrofuturistic art, and are doing an excellent job at not only preserving Black culture, but also building on that rich cultural and artistic history.
Here is a list of 5 Black artists, who Vancouver is grateful for:
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