Art: In search of the African gene - "The State of L3" (Amsterdam)

The State of L3 - Image of Antonio Jose Guzman
It’s an exhibition about Black DNA, Afrofuturism, and the black identity. And it’s entitled "The State of L3".

Created by the Pan African Contemporary Arts & Film Collective of Armin Kane (Dakar), Antonio Jose Guzman (Panama/Netherlands) and Felipe Peres Calheiros (Brazil).

Date: June/July/August/September 2010 in Amsterdam, for more details go to:

Very interesting is the DNA Road Movie "The Day we Surrender to the Air" of Panamese/Dutch audiovisual artist Antonio Jose Guzman. Guzman got his DNA analyzed in the United States and discovered that he is of African, Central and North American, and European lineage. His genetic identity was based on the Diasporas of his forefathers. So how did his parents end up in Panama?

State of L3 Draft

One of the interesting videos is Guzman talking to his father in Panama

Surrender Oosterpark Amsterdam - scenes of a cultural festival in Amsterdam

See all the videos here

From 10 July 2010, SMART Project Space presents Modernity & Aesthetics of the New Black Atlantic, an exhibition by The State of L3 exploring the connection between migration, visual culture and African heritage. Based in Amsterdam, Dakar and Recife, The State of L3 has created a rhizomatic network of artworks and artists working with multimedia exchanges, projects, videos and internet archive.

Throughout the work the concept of Afrofuturism plays a key role, a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to interrogate, and re-examine historical events of the past.



  1. Great info here, I'll have to pay a visit to Amsterdam soon! Thx for this


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