The World in Black and White
Fall opening with Claudia Rankine, Igoni Barrett and Roxane Gay
Racism, discrimination and repression have deep historical roots, but is far from a historical phenomenon. On the contrary, the act of dividing into categories, groups and teams – them and us – is very much alive and kicking. In this climate, how can we begin a constructive conversation about the consequences of racism? Whose responsibility is racism really, and why is that so difficult to talk about?
When Litteraturhuset devotes the fall opening to these issues, the starting point is some of today’s best writing about racism, power and privilege. With literature as our starting point, we may be able to get a little further in these conversations?
The world star Claudia Rankine’s poetry collection Citizen from 2014 has had a rare resonance in American debate and is already considered a modern classic. American Roxane Gay and Nigerian Igoni Barrett will both visit Norway for the first time. In different ways and with great originality, humour and sharp wit, they all write about exclusion, gender, trauma and what it means to live in black and white bodies and categories.