Unexpected Lessons

Decolonizing Memory and Knowledge on 11 & 12 June 2021

»The Western Archive is exhausted!« — Felwine Sarr What can knowledge be today, beyond European knowledge systems? New perspectives and different questions are needed in order to break up colonial thought patterns and challenge Eurocentric, white views. The Project TALKING OBJECTS aims to negotiate these questions on the African continent and in Germany. Five thematic fields are in the foreground: decolonizing memory, decolonizing knowledge, the re-evaluation of objects from colonial contexts, empowerment by and opportunities of artistic perspectives, and questions about classical museum forms of preservation and presentation.

The programme will be held in English with German translation. — Only the panel Repenser l'historie d'art / Reconsidering Art History will be held in French with English translation.

Biographies of the participating artists and speakers can be found here

All lectures, talks and performances can be found on our Blog »


Friday, 11 June 2021

1.30 pm  Welcome Remarks Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, Isabel Raabe (Curators of UNEXPECTED LESSONS), Jim Chuchu, Njoki Ngumi (The Nest Collective), Chao Tayiana (Curators of the programme in Nairobi)

2.00 pm  Keynote Recreating Ecologies of Knowledge: Nana Oforiatta Ayim (writer, art historian, filmmaker)

2.30 pm — Keynote Music, Knowledge and Transmission: Felwine Sarr (Economist, Musician)

3.00 pm — Talk Epistemic shift in Memory and Knowledge Conversation with Nana Oforiatta Ayim and Felwine Sarr. Moderation: Aïcha Diallo (Cultural scientist)

4.00 pm — Sound Performance Elsa M’bala

4.30 — Break and Film A New England Document. By Che Applewhaite

5.00 pm — In Nairobi: Decolonization Labour is emotional Labour Vox Pops — Sentiments on the Street What I Felt / What I Said — Artistic Presentation Interactive Discussion

6.30 pm — Sound Performance Elsa M‘bala

7.00 pm — Break

7.30 pm — Artist Talk Who heals here? with Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Elsa M’Bala. Moderation Magnus Elias Rosengarten (Artist, writer)

8.30 pm — Performance Where is your Fire? Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro


Saturday, 12 June 2021

11.00 pm — Talk Black (European) Studies - Mapping Academia Natasha A. Kelly (Sociologist), Peggy Piesche (Cultural Scientist), Vanessa Eileen Thompson (Sociologist), Moderation: Mahret Ifeoma Kupka (Curator, art historian)

12.30 pm — In Nairobi: The Other Objects Renaming

1.00 pm — Break and Film Un-Documented: Unlearning Imperial Plunder by Ariella Aisha Azouley

2.00 pm — De-Westernization - On African Philosophy Digital Input with Nadia Yala Kisukidi (Philosopher)

2.30 pm — Poetry Performance Opowu Stefanie-Lahya Aukongo (Poet, curator, singer)

3.00 pm — Break

3.30 pm — Colonialities and Education in Museums Input Carmen Mörsch and Nora Landkammer (Cultural mediators and art educators)

4.15 pm — In Nairobi: The Other Objects A New Behaviour

5.00 pm — Break and Film a so-called archive by Onyeka Igwe

5.30 pm — Repenser l’histoire d’art / Re-considering Art History Bénédicte Savoy (Art historian), El Hadji Malick Ndiaye (Art historian, curator) Moderation: Ibou Coulibaly Diop (Literary scholar) — In French with English translation

7.00 pm — In Nairobi: Becoming Kaspale Performance Syowia Kyambi

Film Programme online »

A New England Document (2020. USA. 16min. By Che Applewhaite) 

a so-called Archive (2020. UK. 20min. By Onyeka Igwe) 

Un-Documented: Unlearning Imperial Plunder (2019. UK. 34min. By Ariella Aisha Azouley) 

The films will be available online throughout the event days.

City Walk online »

A Video City Walk with an interactive map along colonial traces in the urban space in cooperation with DEKOLONIALE Memory Culture in the City from the Brandenburger Tor to Wilhelmstraße, historical venue of the Berlin Conference (1884/85). With Mnyaka Sururu Mboro, Paulette Reed-AndersonIsrael Kaunatjike and Zaida Horstmann. — www.dekoloniale.de


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A New England Document by Che Applewhaite
un-documented by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay
Unexpected Lessons City Walk
a so-called archive by Onyeka Igwe