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Home Is Not A Place

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Johny Pitts is the curator of the ENAR (European Network Against Racism) award-winning online journal ‘Afropean’ and the author of ‘Afropean: Notes From Black Europe’. Robinson's words are as careful as they are masterful ; Pitt's casual gaze is warm and conversational. This is a book I have been waiting for' Caleb Azumah Nelson, Costa Book Award-winning author of Open Water ' Rich and evocative . Now, in an illuminating new film by Piotr Sell, we can join Roger Robinson and Johny Pitts as they undertake their 2023 book tour, travelling by car between events in a mini re-enactment of their first journeys.

Realised as I was reading this that I’d seen the accompanying exhibition at the Photographers Gallery. When I got to Windhoek and it was chilly, I went to Luanda the next day, and I felt at home, not because I had a home there, but because it was warm, and I associate warmth with home. Home is with the person who throughout it all never gives up on you and brings you eternal happiness. He has been commissioned by The National Trust, London Open House, BBC, National Portrait Gallery and Theatre Royal Stratford East (where he was also Associate Artist).

The stories captured in the film and the book echo across centuries of the black experience, transforming and illuminating the history of Britain. Home is knowing greatness dwells within us, and therefore we dwell in greatness…and that greatness is our home. S. Eliot Prize 2019, The RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020 and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

The exhibition Home is Not a Place presents Pitts’ photographs from this journey within an installation divided into two parts for Stills’ gallery space. As soon as feelings of anxiety, worry, anger, frustration, disappointment or discomfort enter the scene, it tells me that my spirit may be trying to communicate with me.The founder of the online journal and author of Afropean: Notes from Black Europe, Mr Pitts spent more than a decade documenting the black experience in Europe. Product arrived matching the specifications I requested but also matched the photographs and item description. It’s important to be aware of how you are feeling and how your emotions shift in different environments. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. Pitts has created rooms representative of the past, present and future by merging objects from his childhood home with cultural influences from across the globe, underpinned by the ideas of seminal Black thinkers.

Roger is co-founder of both Spoke Lab and the international writing collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen.

Pitt's photos capture the beauty of Black British culture ' Dazed - Praise for Afropean by Johny Pitts Winner of the Jhalak Prize 'A revelation' Owen Jones 'Afropean seizes the blur of contradictions that have obscured Europe's relationship with blackness and paints it into something new, confident and lyrical' Afua Hirsch A Guardian, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine Best Book of 2019 - Praise for A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson WINNER OF THE TS ELIOT POETRY PRIZE 2019 WINNER OF THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2020 'Ranging from the most breath-taking poems about the Grenfell Tower fire to the most exquisitely moving poems about the premature birth of his son, who had to fight for his life in an incubator. Leaving London, they followed the River Thames east towards Tilbury, where the Empire Windrush docked in 1948.

Travelling in a red Mini Cooper, the two men traced the British coast line and dipped into urban, rural and suburban Britain. Not only that, but so that you can use your awareness and intuition to guide you back home into safety.

As part of the Friends of Europe thinktank’s European Young Leaders 2022 programme, Johny has been selected as one of the next generation of young leaders involved in shaping Europe’s future.

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