Sankofa Danzafro Afro-Colombian Cultural Corporation was founded in 1997 by Rafael Palacios and today consists of a dozen dancers. It is based in the city of Medellín, Colombia, and has a performance trajectory that includes countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa and China.
Sankofa Danzafro is a space dedicated to training and artistic creation in contemporary Afro-Colombian dance. By means of social pedagogy projects conducted through dance, in rural and urban communities, Sankofa Danzafro aims to contribute to intercultural training among Black communities in Colombia and other populations whose human rights are being violated.
Sankofa Danzafro is an Akan Twi word (from Ghana) that means “return to the root”. It evokes an African philosophy that suggests that knowing the past is a condition for understanding the present and creating the future. In this sense, Sankofa Danzafro also explores traditional Afro-Colombian dances to identify how they are part of the daily life of Afro communities in rural and urban areas.
Sankofa Danzafro's work can be considered anti-racist because it seeks to dismantle the legacies of coloniality and stereotypes about Black people that mask their heterogeneity, while also affirming the value of resistance as expressed in embodied form in dances based on collective memory.
The collaborations between Sankofa Danzafro and the CARLA project involved accompaniment in the conceptualisation and creation of dance works and participation in work with the communities. Two results of the work are shown in this exhibition: the documentary Detrás del sur, danzas para Manuel: prácticas artísticas y antirracismo (Behind the south, dances for Manuel: artistic practices and anti-racism); and the documentary Muestra final 2020: laboratorios de creación en casa (Final exhibit 2020: home creation laboratories)