Grants and residencies

Research and art

PhD Hameed Ayesha

88000 €

Black Atlantis

Tieteellinen tutkimus ja taiteellinen työ / niihin pohjautuva työ | Nelivuotinen

The immensity of today’s climate crisis is on the forefront of public awareness. But crucially, its racial history is less known. Black Atlantis is an experimental monograph that explores the ecological violence of the slave trade and its close links to contemporary environmental devastation. Black Atlantis also explores the Nordic participation in the transatlantic slave trade as well as Finnish scientific explorations of adaptation in the face of climate change. The Black Atlantis monograph translate my artistic projects performed at art institutions in Europe, Asia and Africa since 2014 into a book. It expands on fieldwork conducted in Finland, Trinidad, Barbados, and Senegal relating to histories of slavery and climate change. The monograph makes a unique contribution to ecological Black Studies by narrating the scale and historical violence of these crises, remapping the Atlantic Ocean in relationship to Nordic colonialism, connecting slave ships and underwater ecologies.