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Event Details

Tue, December 05, 2023

18:15 – 19:30

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italy

A conversation between Samuel Baah Kortey and Justin Randolph Thompson

This conversation draws upon the research and work of artist Samuel Baah Kortey dedicated to contemporary forms of public commemoration. Pushing us to think beyond the history of monuments and reflecting upon all of those individuals who should be celebrated in life and not only in death for their contributions to culture this is a conversation about living memory and active archives. Samuel Baah Kortey currently has an exhibition at The Recovery Plan and the multifaceted work of this exhibition is the basis for this dialogue which invites the audience to think about personal and cultural forms of commemoration and the need for new approaches.

This event is organized by The Recovery Plan for NYU as a part of an ongoing community engagement collaboration.

Featured Biographies

Samuel Baah Kortey


Samuel Baah Kortey was born in Ghana and lives between Kumasi and Frankfurt. He is a Villa Romana Prize Fellow with an MFA at the Department of Painting and Sculpture KNUST (Kumasi, Ghana), a graduate from Städelschule (Klasse de Willem de Rooj) and was an exchange student at the Städelschule Frankfurt. The artist is a member of three collectives, blaxTARLINES, Commune6x3, and co-founder of the Asafo Black Collective. He finds interest in post-colonial histories, religious iconographies and experiments with organic materials.

Justin Randolph Thompson


Justin Randolph Thompson is an artist and Co-founder and Director of Black History Month Florence and The Recovery Plan. He has exhibited, performed and lectured widely and is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2021 Creative Capital Award.