The think tank, exhibition and event series TALKING OBJECTS LAB will explore knowledge forms and practices of the African continent and explores strategies of mediation and visualization. It wants to focus on plural forms of knowledge. Five thematic fields are in the center here: decolonization of memory, decolonization of knowledge, re-evaluation of objects from colonial context, empowerment and chances of artistic perspectives, and questioning of classical museum forms of preservation and presentation. The TALKING OBJECTS LAB, which is in a planning stage, was initiated by curator Mahret Ifeoma Kupka (Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main) and freelance curator and project developer Isabel Raabe (Berlin). Together with partners from the African continent they are investigating knowledge forms and practices on the African continent and testing strategies of mediation and visualization.
TALKING OBJECTS LAB will be part of the project TALKING OBJECTS initiated by Isabel Raabe. TALKING OBJECTS also includes the TALKING OBJECTS ARCHIVE, a digital archive for decolonial knowledge production, which is scheduled to go online in 2024.