DDPA Watch Group
New York, Nantes, Madrid
Bio: Founded in 2009, the Durban Declaration & Programme of Action Plan Watch Group (DDPA Watch Group) is an international coalition of activists who promote the implementation of the core principles of the UN Durban Declaration & Programme of Action Plan. The coalition works to combat structural racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, Afrophobia and the enforced invisibility of African descendants, Indigenous and other people-of- color. The DDPA Watch Group is also a monitor of monuments, memorials, and historic sites of the Maafa: Transatlantic-, TranSaharan-, and Oceanic- Slave Trades. The DDPA Watch Group considers the use art and culture as powerful tools of diplomacy. Public interventions in the form of marches, educational fora, community dialogs, theater, film/video and publications are used to enable changes public policy, enhance public education, and facilitate social change. For more information see: http://www.ddpawatchgroup.info Founder and President Dòwòti Désir is a scholar, and social curator of performative and contemporary arts in public spaces. She is the Interim Chair of the UN Subcommittee for the Elimination of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and other Forms of Intolerance. Her book: "Goud kase goud: Conjuring Memory in Spaces of the AfroAtlantic" focuses on the historic sites, monuments and memorials of the Maafa known as the Transatlantic Slave Trade, is available for sale at: http://www.conjuringmemory.com The traveling photography exhibition, "Wòch kase wòch: Redlining a Holocaust, Memorials and the People of the AfroAtlantic, " commemorates the International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. A selection of images from the exhibition are posted on the site.