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Urban Up Close: Being Black in a Spanish Museum

In All, The Story by Teju Adisa-Farrar

People staring at me, staring at the paintings: I guess they wonder what I could be doing in a place where none of the art or artists reflect my identity as a person from the African Diaspora. I sometimes wonder the same. One day after my program had a technical visit to the Caixaforum Madrid, I went to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The Museo …

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Urban Up Close: Geographies of Diversity & Senegalese Men in Madrid’s Lavapiés

In All, Europe, Ideas, Theories, & Stories, Social, Cultural, Political, The Story, UDIN (All) by Teju Adisa-Farrar and Nadia Nadesan

Lavapiés is an area in the center of Madrid and considered an authentic Madrid neighborhood. The name “Lavapiés” describes a plaza that emerged in a Jewish and Arabic neighborhood along Calle Ave Maria. The name is a reference to the Christians who wanted to enter the Jewish zone having to wash their feet to do so. It is a neighborhood primarily made …

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Urban Up Close: Bob Marley and the Trenchtown Squatters

In All, Art & Music, Latin America & Caribbean, Regions, Social, Cultural, Political, The Story, UDIN (All), Urban Inspiration by Teju Adisa-Farrar

“When yuh step it’s nah right-left like dey teach yuh, it’s right-forward.” -Stoneman, Management team of Trenchtown Culture Yard & Trenchtown resident The Trenchtown Community, located in the parish of Saint Andrew & Kingston, is one of the first squatter communities in the capital region of Jamaica. Home to Bob Marley, rocksteady & reggae music, and two of the best …

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Urban Up Close: My History Matters, Even in Copenhagen

In All, The Story by Teju Adisa-Farrar

It is exceptionally odd to be sitting in a conference in Copenhagen, a conference-mind you-that is completely unrelated to my Masters, and hear things that remind me why I am who I am. Last week, I attended the Denmark and African-American Culture Symposium at the University of Copenhagen. I study at the University of Copenhagen, though my department has nothing …

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Urban Up Close: Showing Copenhagen my ass and other Scandinavian things

In All, The Story by Teju Adisa-Farrar

I’ve been in the region referred to as Scandinavia, including: Sweden, Norway, and Denmark (and more broadly, Finland) for over one month. I began in Helsinki in the beginning of August learning about urban planning in the capital city of Finland. I spent a few days in Jyvaskyla, a Finnish city north of Helsinki, where notable architect Alvar Aalto is …

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Urban Up Close Oakland Edition: Skate With Beats and everything still good about Oakland

In All, Art & Music, Social, Cultural, Political, The Story, UDIN (All), Urban Inspiration, USA & Canada by Teju Adisa-Farrar

[All photos by Nathan Cordova, check out more of his work here and on instagram: @NathanCordovaArtist] There is nothing more inspiring to me than when people come together and collaborate to create community spaces of empowerment, art, music, food, good vibes, and alternatives. Oakland has always been known for its artist/activist scene, and it is also the home and foundation …