Way Back Home

Way Back Home applies the 'MPC Methodology' to connect historic narratives of colonialism, oppression and emancipation (physical, emotional and spiritual) with contemporary questions of space, place and identity. Using film and audio as its initial medium, the project conceives a trans-atlantic conversation through image, text, music and movement.

Audio and video for the project is currently being edited and will be made accessible here in due course. 

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DTA SOUNDSYSTEM

DTA Soundsystem @ Hackney Archives (Photo: Emma Winch)

DTA Soundsystem @ Hackney Archives (Photo: Emma Winch)

Our heritage is not a static thing that we freeze and wheel out on cue so we can 'remember'. Our history is embedded in activities rooted in the now.

DTA SOUNDSYSTEM brings together music and image from across the African diaspora; referencing the past and facing the future. We work with content that doesn't denigrate our people and make rich white men even richer. 

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AFRIKANS ON FILM FESTIVAL AFTERPARTY

The Afrikans On Film Festival has been happening in Peckham, London every September for the last five years and is hosted by the Adinkra Arts Collective.   DTA teamed up with AAC to host the afterparty at the Pempeople Pop-Up Shop, a community use space on Peckham High Street. 

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Given the film connection, we worked with the theme 'AFRIKAN WOMEN ON FILM' as we wanted to highlight the enduring contributions of Black female Actresses and Directors. We designed a visual installation around this theme, also drawing on the archives of Photographer Adama Jalloh and Film maker Nadeem Din-Gabisi: 

Image from Adamah Jalloh's Identity collection projected onto the 'shop window' at the event

Image from Adamah Jalloh's Identity collection projected onto the 'shop window' at the event

Adamah Jalloh's work from outside the venue.

Adamah Jalloh's work from outside the venue.

Nadeem Din Gabisi's short film 'w1mn' which was screened on the shop window (visuals only) during the session.

The whole point was to locate these things at a social space. A party can be a much less intimidating way of meeting them than at a white cube or large institution (with all the politics and resonances those spaces bring).  Here's a little snippet of the party filmed in between sets:

And this is a mix we put together ahead of the party to promote it which we liked so much we made into a visual mixtape. Here's the audio: 

And here's the video: