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In Conversation

Artist & Designer Norman Teague on Being Inspired by Africa

Earlier in 2024, Chicago-based artist, furniture designer, and educator Norman Teague officially opened his exhibition, A Love Supreme, at Elmhurst Art Museum. Inspired by the album of the same name by legendary musician John Coltrane, the exhibit explores the influence of “improvisational jazz and unapologetic black aesthetics” on creatives of color.

In our exclusive interview in his studio on our last visit to Chicago, Teague chats with Globetrotter’s Kennedy Ashinze about his artistic process, representation, finding inspiration in Africa, and creating work that speaks to his community amongst other things.

Watch our complete interview now.


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Blackup Jakarta | A Conversation on the State of Black Affairs

⁣On Saturday, June 27th, Globetrotter Lab hosted a virtual conversation on the global state of black affairs and assembled some brilliant minds to share their perspectives on current happenings regarding the Black Lives Matter protests, its history, cultural context, and why it’s important for Asians, especially Indonesians, to engage.⁣⁣⁣⠀

Despite Jakarta’s proximity to the center of the Black Lives Matter movement that continues to reverberate around the world, Indonesians also resonate with the issue of colorism. Cities across the world continue to stand together in solidarity against global systematic racism.


Hosted by⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀
Kennedy Ashinze⁣⁣⁣
Founder – Globetrotter Lab ⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀

Moderated by ⠀⠀
Arief Aziz⁣⁣⁣⠀
Country Director – Indonesia ⠀⠀
Cofounder – TedxJakarta ⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀⁣⁣⁣⠀

With guest panelists
Barbara Allen⁣⁣⁣
Emmy-award winning filmmaker / Producer⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀ ⁣⁣

Hadi Ismanto⁣⁣⁣
Founder Manual Jakarta⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀

Eric Williams
Entrepreneur / Community Leader⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀
The Silver Room – Chicago ⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀ ⁣⁣⁣

Curtis Johnson⁣⁣⁣⠀⠀
Fmr Senior Manager ATAMERICA ⁣⁣⁣⠀

Michael Jakarimilena @michaeljakarimilena