Multi-disciplinary artist, musician and activist Samora Pinderhughes spent 5 years deep in discussion with people around the US, hearing about their experiences healing from incarceration, police brutality and structural violence. From the fertile soil of these conversations has grown a multi-branch “Healing Project” including songs, films, museum exhibitions, and performances around the world.
Pinderhughes will make his Dutch speaking debut on the 150th anniversary of the abolishment of slavery in Suriname and the Dutch colonies in the Caribbean. He will present film and music work of the Healing Project and explore themes of abolition, community building and healing, and speaking truths in private and in public.
“The Healing Project is a project I’ve been working on for 8 years, and it’s my try at speaking directly to the many damages that our society’s systems of prison, detention, and structural violence do to people, and to the many beautiful, different and deep ways that people figure out how to heal themselves and others from the things that they go through, in spite of it all.”
– Samora Pinderhughes
Samora Pinderhughes | Composer, pianist/vocalist, artist
Samora Pinderhughes is a composer, pianist/vocalist, interdisciplinary artist, and sur-realist whose work delves into all the things our society tries to hide – about its history, about its structures, and about the individual and daily things we all experience but don’t know how to talk about. His art is an invitation to feel things deeply, and to think deeply about how we all live. He is known for his honest lyrics, his harmonic language, his vulnerable visuals, his sociopolitical commentary, and his commitment to making art that is of use to everyday life.
Zoé Samudzi | Assistant Professor, Author
Zoé Samudzi is the Charles E. Scheidt Visiting Assistant Professor of Genocide Studies and Genocide Prevention at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. She holds a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is also a Research Associate with the Center for the Study of Race, Gender & Class (RGC) at the University of Johannesburg.
She is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, Bookforum, The New Inquiry, The Architectural Review, The New Republic, the Funambulist, and other outlets. She is an associate editor with Parapraxis Magazine, a contributing writer at Jewish Currents, and co-author of As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation (AK Press).
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