Who owns jazz history?

POSTPONED: Unfortunately we have to postpone this conversation. New date will be announced.

DJ, music curator and journalist Elena Wolay, musician and artist Naima Karlsson and curator and cultural producer Samuel Girma will discuss the question ‘who owns jazz history?’. An integral part of Black history, jazz today has generally become white: practitioners, listeners and the industry. The panel will discuss their experiences and structural socio-political issues of access and ownership.

Elena Wolay is a journalist, DJ and music curator specializing in jazz and experimental music based in Malmø. She is the organiser of the festival Jazz Är Farligt.

Naima Karlsson is an artist and musician based in London. She is part of a duo with Kenichi Iwasa called Exotic Sin and the archivist and coordinator for the art and music of her grandparents, Moki and Don Cherry.

Samuel Girma is a curator, cultural-producer and activist based in Stockholm. Much of Samuels work, art and writing depart from the migrational process and centers around the experiences of Black bodies.

This conversation is one of the events that are a part of Bergen Kunsthall’s exhibition File Under Freedom, on view February 5 – March 27, 2022. The conversation will be held in English.

Plattform is Bergen Kunsthall’s series of lectures and debates with artists and prominent thinkers. Plattform events are live-streamed on our website, Facebook and Vimeo.

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