After Migration: In Defense of Using Beauty to Illustrate the Journeys of Those Who Have Suffered


Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

Join us for a film screening of After Migration: Calabria (2020) and discussion with Walé Oyéjidé, who produced and co-directed the film, and Harvard professor Teju Cole.

Walé Oyéjidé, Esq., is a fashion designer whose work featured prominently in the Marvel studios blockbuster Black Panther and was recently included in the Gender Bending Fashion exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is a writer, speaker, filmmaker, musician, and lawyer who combats bias with creative storytelling. As founder of the brand Ikiré Jones, he employs fashion design as a vehicle to celebrate the perspectives of marginalized populations.

In conversation with Teju Cole, the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard, Oyéjidé will argue that migrants are owed more artful depictions of their cross-border experiences and that our creative pursuits should always be founded in fostering a more equitable society.

Analyzing Oyéjidé’s ongoing After Migration project, which beautifully celebrates the lives of refugees through fashion design, filmmaking, and photography, the two will discuss the impacts that transcendent storytelling can have on the lives of those who are commonly shown as victims. They will further address the influence that artists can have on society at large when they focus on making works that are honest, rather than prioritizing the desire to make a profit.

ORGANIZER: Harvard Art Museums