Nayuka Gorrie is reading Harry Potter. She’s up to the fourth book, she told us during last night’s Melbourne Fringe Show ‘Apocalypse in Blak’. Sirius has just told Harry that Voldemort is returning. All the signs are there: people are missing, the death eaters are back, tension is in the air.
“The apocalypse is coming,” Nayuka said. “All the signs are here.” The waters are rising. People are dying. Trump just subtweeted North Korea. All the signs are here.
Nayuka Gorrie is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. She’s also big on blerd (black nerd) culture. Comics, fantasy and future-dystopias aren’t just for pasty white dudes. In fact, the apocalypse—and black and Indigenous people’s ability to keep on surviving—is central to Afrofuturism. If you’re not familiar with it, Afrofuturism is a movement, cultural aesthetic, philosophy and literary genre (thank you, Octavia Butler!) that situates black people in the centre of sci-fi narratives. It recognises the struggle people of colour have experienced and celebrates their ability to keep on surviving when faced with real (and imagined future) dystopias.