My second hometown Brussels has its own urban dynamics with a strong Afropean* presence that I want to present with street photography and a documentary film. This project is called
Rue de Longue Vie.
* I owe the title name of this page to Johny Pitts and his fantastic book Afropean, Notes From Black Europe (Allen Lane 2019, Penguin Books 2020) that I strongly recommend to everybody. Here is just one short quote from Pitts’ critical pen to illuminate his – and my – experience:
“It is encouraged to celebrate signs of being from elsewhere, as long as they are contained and infantilized, segregated from any meaningful role in society, – saris, samosas and steel drums to be stared at. It’s why the word ‘Afropean’ irks some people; it inserts a provocative complication into ideas of ethnic absolutism and suggests an assimilation whereby the so-called ‘other’ doesn’t segregate into ghettos or vanish into parody or invisibility but is firmly lodged within the notion of the European.“