A pedagogical model for course engagement
During Wintersession 2021, students in a RISD course entitled Pan-African Aesthetics: Past, Present, Future examined the way that diverse cultural elements from the continent of Africa have been deployed together in visual and popular culture from the early 20th century to present day. Alongside professor and SEI fellow Dr. Jane'a Johnson, they questioned the history, purpose, political implications, and possible limitations of a Pan-African aesthetic.
A student in a RISD course on pan-African aesthetics, inspired by a photograph in the collection, explores Black youth occupying space in movements from La Sape to Noirwave.
A student in a RISD course on pan-African aesthetics contemplates a vinyl record pictured in a Sanlé Sory photograph in the collection, and imagines the songs it contains.