Last week controversy erupted at the Montreal Jazz festival when a musical created by two white artists based on slave songs was set to debut. What emerged was a very important conversation about the impact of white people centering themselves in the narrative of Black liberation and the questions to ask yourself before making art about a group you don’t belong to. This piece on CBC arts, originally a response by Montreal artist Hanorah on Facebook, is a practical tool for artists and arts organizations who want to tackle historically charged subject matter for a project.
Here’s a quick look at some of the questions to ask yourself:
Who’s story am I telling, who for and why?
Am I bringing anything forward to further the conversation in a respectful way?
Who is benefiting from this other than myself? (reputationally, financially)
Read the article for the full set of questions.