Le Langage des Objets


Discussion and Opening – Presentation by artist Viyé Diba within his residence at the Museum Théodore Monod. 4 December 2021, 17-19 h, Museum Théodore Monod in Dakar, Senegal. – What knowledge is hidden in objects? What memories are archived in them? What do they have to tell us and how do we make them speak? The event "Le Langage des Objects" at the Musée Théodore Monod in Dakar brings together artists and experts from different disciplines to discuss the identities of objects and their inherent knowledge.

The artist Viyé Diba presents his works, created during a three-week residency in dialogue with the artist Caroline Gueye and the objects of the Musée Théodore Monod collection. They will discuss with El Hadji Malick Ndiaye (art historian, curator at the musée Théodore Monod), Hamady Bocoum (archaeologist, director of the Musée des Civilisations Noires), Mamarame Seck (linguist, curator at the musée historique de Gorée, IFAN, Ch. A. Diop, Dakar) as well as with the curators of the project TALKING OBJECTS Isabel Raabe and Mahret Ifeoma Kupka (Germany).

The think tank, exhibition and event series TALKING OBJECTS LAB explores forms and practices of knowledge from the African continent and tests strategies of mediation and visualisation. The LAB accompanies the development of the TALKING OBJECTS ARCHIVE, a digital archive for decolonial knowledge production, which is scheduled to go online in 2024. The Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN Ch. A. Diop), to which the Musée Théodore Monod belongs, is a partner of the project in Senegal.

The event is supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

Image: Helm mask from the Sandé Society, Sierra Leone, Mende, Kénéma region. Courtesy Musée Théodore Monod - IFAN, Dakar.

Helm mask from the Sandé Society, Sierra Leone, Mende, Kénéma region. Courtesy Musée Théodore Monod - IFAN, Dakar.