Uncracking the Archive

— 15/09/2018

Uncracking the Archive, Talk with Karina Griffith, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Dr. Natasha A. Kelly in the exhibition We Call It Love: An Oppositional Screening District Berlin 2018, Photos: Kim Bode.

Karina Griffith, We Call It Love: An Oppositional Screening, 2018. Photo: Luisa Jürgens

Talk as part the exhibition We Call It Love: An Oppositional Screening and the series Revolt She Said

with Karina Griffith (Artist, Curator and Filmmaker), Nathalie Mba Bikoro (Artist, Curator) und Dr. Natasha A. Kelly (Curator, Author and Scholar)

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 7 pm

It is a history of an unrecoverable past; it is a narrative of what might have been or could have been; it is a history written with and against the archive.
– Saidiya Hartman, Venus in Two Acts

To decolonize 1968, we have to decolonize the archive. The task of decolonizing the archive is made all the more difficult when we are not allowed to enter them. Intersectional artists use creative tactics to access documents, film reels, and correspondence that their eyes were never meant to see. We role play, accept spurious collaborations, and send allies on faith to hold the door ajar. The detective work involved in excavating our stories is exhausting labor. Consumers of art who are not ready to be critical of our colonial past may scrutinize the fruits of these endeavor because they exist from a perceived trespass. We persevere because often the means of decolonizing the archive are often more sustainable than the ends. Karina Griffith sits down with Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, and Dr. Natasha A. Kelly to discuss how they created new points of entry into German history through their artistic practices.

An event in the framework of Decolonizing 68, an intersectional alliance of the project Art of the Revolt // Revolt of Art, the art spaces Arsenal Gallery Poznan, alpha nova & galerie futura and District and the scholar Peggy Piesche (Gunda-Werna-Institut). Decolonizing 68 inspired the discourse and performance series Revolt she said which runs parallel to the exhibition.
Funded by Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung.