UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 – Decolonizing Nature

Documentation of Session #3 with Ayesha Keshani and Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir

In Session #3, artist Ayesha Keshani contributes a lecture performance on the Museum as Plantation, philosopher Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir gives an input on different ways of thinking, and both are joined by Mahret Ifeoma Kupka for a talk. TALKING OBJECTS LAB @Goethe Morph* Iceland: The three-day performative conference UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 took place as part of the festival Goethe Morph* Iceland at Nordic House in Reykjavik on September 13th - 15th, 2022.

We are happy to finally share the video documentation of UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 – Decolonizing Nature.

Just like its predecessor event in Berlin and Nairobi, UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 is dedicated to the theme of decolonization. This time we put a focus on nature, from different perspectives. The UNEXPECTED LESSONS are organic. As part of the TALKING OBJECTS LAB, they provide starting points and intermediate points, interweaving thematically with think tanks in Dakar, Nairobi and Frankfurt (2022).

The extraordinary nature of Iceland, the geologically highly interesting area that can be experienced as an archive of the earth's history, becomes the “other object” in Reykjavik, based on the idea of an expanded concept of an “object”. What makes nature the other? What role does the decoupling of nature and culture play in this? Is the culture/nature dichotomy tenable at all? And how can we decolonize our view of the world and think nature differently?

UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 is preceded by a think tank in July 2022 in Nairobi. The event addresses seed archives and their colonial entanglements, colonization of land, lost indigenous knowledge on plants and medical botanicals, nature as an archive of memory and the philosophy of nature.

Documentation of Session #3 – 14. September 2022, see below:     

The Museum as Plantation

Lecture Performance with Ayesha Keshani (artist, museum worker, London)                               


Do we need a different way of thinking?

Input by Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (philosopher, University of Iceland, tbc)


Talk with Ayesha Keshani, Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (Moderation Mahret Ifeoma Kupka)

UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 – The Museum as Plantation – Ayesha Keshani
UNEXPECTED LESSONS #2 – Decolonizing Nature – Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir