Four Women: The Diasporic Art of Josette Bushell-Mingo
A musical and conversational evening with renowned Afro-British/Swedish artist, activist and cultural advocate Josette Bushell-Mingo, tracing her personal and professional journey as a black stage and film actor, director and vocalist in contemporary Europe. In addition to a public discussion of her diasporic life and work, the event will feature select performances from Bushell-Mingo’s solo stage play, Nina: A Story About Me and Nina Simone.
In Sweden, Bushell-Mingo is one of most sought-after public figures in the contemporary art world, not only as a musical and dramatic artist but also as a culture broker and public intellectual. In her role as advocate, Bushell-Mingo has worked tirelessly to bring marginal voices to the fore of Swedish public culture, particularly in theater. Some of those voices are ethnic and racial minorities. This past year, Bushell-Mingo founded the National Black Theatre of Sweden, the first of its kind. Bushell-Mingo’s cultural labor has also been distinguished by her creative work with the deaf community; she fluently signs in both Swedish and English.
Bushell-Mingo is currently head of Acting at Stockholm’s University of the Arts. Once again, this is a historic first. She is the first woman and person of African descent to hold the position.
This lecture is sponsored by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme of Migration, Mobility and Immobility. Co-sponsors: Hale Black Cultural Center, Department of African American and African Studies, School of Music, Department of Theater. Lectures in Musicology is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Libraries.
Lectures are held Mondays at 4 p.m. in the 18th Avenue Library, 175 W. 18th Ave. (Music/Dance Library, second floor, room 205). These events are free and open to the public.