For the LA PALABRE series, TALKING OBJECTS LAB invites Berlin-based researchers, artists, and activists from July to December 2023 to discuss the topics we have been working on over the past two years as part of TALKING OBJECTS, an artistic research project on the decolonization of knowledge. In a small La Palabre group of 40 people, we meet and share snacks and stories.
The TALKING OBJECTS LAB is also about making objects talk and listening to them––following the quote from the Senegalese writer Ismael Dio “Ecoute plus souvent les choses que les êtres!” (Listen more often to things than to people).
What polyphonic knowledge lies in objects? How can we look at objects in a new way, listen to them, and make them tell stories? And is the term “object” even viable against this backdrop? In 2021 and 2023, we invited artists to take up residencies at the Musée Théodore Monod in Dakar to work with objects from the museum's collection. After screening interviews with the artists Viyé Diba and Ibrahima Thiam, Nikita Dhawan and Maria do Mar Castro Varelas will discuss how important the re-examination of objects is for the process of decolonization and what the handling of objects by Western museums tells us about Europe.
For the artistic interventions of the evening we invite Melody Ledwon with a yoga intervention, as well as the author and performer Fogha MC, with a text read by Lamin Leroy. Culinary curation and input on this evening are by Ma-Makan. LA PALABRE #6 will be moderated by Miriam Camara.
LA PALABRE is curated by Isabel Raabe and Celina Baljeet Basra.
Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.