Anna Arabindan-Kesson
Art historian, writer, curator

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The Migrant’s Time: New Work and New Sights in Palermo

In June I travelled to Sicily to attend Resignifications: Black Mediterranean, a conference held at the University of Palermo from June 6-9.  Making the most of the geography of Sicily and its physical and conceptual proximity to the African continent, the conference brought a unique community of artists, activists and scholars together to discuss, collaborate and dream. The conversations, panels and lectures focused on migration and migrating cultures and given the political climate, they were difficult but also challenging. They reminded me, to paraphrase Angela Davis, that I need no longer accept the things I cannot change, but I must change the things I cannot accept.