Social Media Interviews Benita Bailey: #Yellit - Conversations with Black Artists

Benita Bailey © Benita Bailey

Tue, 09/01/2020 -
Tue, 12/15/2020


Co-produced with Goethe-Institut Canada & hosted at the Goethe-Institut Toronto

The Goethe-Institut is collaborating with artist Benita Bailey (Berlin/Toronto) on four special editions of her social interview series Yellit, featuring German and Canadian Black artists. From September to December, you will encounter two Canadian and two German black arts leaders.

#yellit From The Mountain is an IGTV and YouTube show in which Benita Bailey introduces Black artists from Germany and Canada from her own artistic background: the performing arts. The "Art(ist) Talks" revolve around the work and life of the artists and what currently moves them. The format is mostly bilingual: German and English, with subtitles. #yellit promotes the visibility of Black artists and their work and portrays Black positions from a Black and empowering perspective. 
Benita Bailey is an actress and filmmaker. She is part of the Afro-German artist collective Label Noir and one of the administrators of the Schwarze Filmschaffende Community. She studied International Relations and African Studies at the University of Leipzig and in Hong Kong and worked first for the United Nations in NYC, then for the GIZ German Corporation for International Cooperation in Beijing as well as a research assistant in the field of African politics and human rights for the German Parliament. In 2012 she decided to leave her job in order to study acting. 
Since graduating, Benita has appeared in numerous German cinema and TV productions and performed on German and Canadian stages. Benita is currently working on her first German feature-length film and a Canadian play development. Benita Bailey lives in Berlin and Toronto with her family and is nominated for a Digital Female Leader Award 2020 for #Yellit.

Part of the Goethe-Institut focus on "Shaping the Past"/"Shaping the Future"