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Johny Pitts - Kenya Fried Chicken, Firth Park, Sheffield, 2010

Inkjet print on Archival matte paper
31,5 x 23,6 cm
Edition of 15 + 2AP
Signed and numbered on a label

In Afropean: Travels in Black Europe, writer and photographer Johny Pitts (b. Sheffield, UK) examines the life of black communities as he travels  across Europe. Crossing the continent from his hometown Sheffield, where this photo was taken, to London and Paris, via Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Stockholm, Moscow, Rome, Marseille, Madrid and Lisbon, in search of the ‘Afropean’ identity. He sketches an underexposed story about the continent in words and images.
Consciously and unconsciously he sketches hidden stories about the black presence in Europe, in both words and images. As he travels he tries to discover the content of the ‘Afropean’ identity and concludes, ‘These scattered fragments of Afropean experience had formed a mosaic inside my mind ( … ) the Afropean reality was a bricolage of blackness and I’d experienced an Africa that was both in and of Europe.’

Pitts’ journey resulted in the book Afropean – Notes from Black Europe, published by Penguin in 2019, in which he combines texts with his photographs. He had no formal training in photography, but has been using a camera since he was a teenager. He captures his journey in quiet, atmospheric almost cinematographic images in diverse tints of black and white, giving his impression of a place – graffiti, snow, figures, metro stations – using both the camera and words.  The figures in his European cityscapes are sunk in their own thoughts, reflecting a sense of solitude that perhaps lies in Pitts himself.

Johny Pitts (1987, UK) is an author, presenter, poet, photographer, and musician, performing music with the Bare Knuckle Soul Collective. He recently wrote the book ‘Afropean: Notes from Black Europe’, part of the larger Afropean project which attempts to explore the interaction between Black and European cultures in diverse ways including photography, performance and film. In the book, Pitts travels through a number of European cities, searching for a culture that embraces blackness and is yet fundamentally of Europe.

This photo print has a small white border around all sides. For a framer this border is necessary to be able to frame it properly. The print will be carefully wrapped and send as an insured package. You will receive an e-mail with a Track & Trace code when the package is on its way. A framed copy is on display at Foam Editions, the gallery on the third floor of Foam Fotografiemuseum.
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