‘Shuga & Wata’ is the patois pronunciation of Sugar & Water. We selected this as the title of our PFF sponsored online artists discussion Salons, because shuga & wata is a shared constant; a drink that exists in all post-Diasporic, New World cultures. Shuga & Wata alludes to the most basic kind of drink for those who are thirsty. It arcs back to sugar plantations in the Americas. We are invoking sugar itself, water itself, and what’s creatively nourishing about our presence, struggles, and contributions.
Shuga & Wata will be a bi-monthly forum. It is a sustaining mixture of relevant ideas and topics and is also a welcoming digital space in the era of social distancing. It is our mission to feature important artists, collectors and scholars. We will address important cultural topics in Contemporary African American and Afro-global art. Our mission is to create an ongoing communion of ideas and quench our collective thirst with new scholarship and relevant conversations.