Recent  Events in Berlin ↓

Changes in Direction – Digital book launch

10.04.2021

Changes in Direction – a Journal provides multivocal and transnational African-European statements to current decoloniality debates from different perspectives. The Finnish-German artist Laura Horelli engages with the traumatic and complex histories of colonialism and international solidarity between East Germany, Finland and Namibia, staging micro-historical interventions in public spaces. Read more here.

Upcoming Events in Milano ↓

Muna Mussie’s solo exhibition

Archive Milano, via Tertulliano 68

We are thrilled to open the first exhibition in our space in Milano this April. Muna Mussie, who has been artist-in-residence for the last two months, will present a solo show and a performance conceived in the frame of a new line of research that she initiated during her residency. Read more here.

Muna Mussie Curva (2019) Photo by Luca Ghedini.

Artist in Residency Milan
With Muna Mussie

“The concept of trespassing is close to me because it relies on my roots-uprooted. I belong to a feeling of de-construction, of non-belonging that is the filter with which I look, live, and operate; the constant search for aesthetic cohesion is my daily, salvific exercise.”

—Muna Mussie

January 29th to March 31th

Artist Muna Mussie has been invited to explore the intersection of her own artistic pursuit with the instances of the long-term research project (Re)membering and (Re)grounding, conceived by Archive with artist and researcher Alessandra Ferrini. For the next two months Muna Mussie will reside at Archive new site in Milano.

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Past events

Undercommons

Undercommons

23.02.2021

Undercommons. Pianificazione fuggitiva e studio nero is the first book of the series Ante-politics published with Tamu Edition. In this essential book, Stefano Harney and Fred Moten draw on the theory and practice of the black radical tradition as it supports, inspires, and extends contemporary social and political thought and aesthetic critique.

Archive Milano

Archive Milano

15.12.2020

Through its new site in Milan, Archive strives to challenge and unravel a monolithic idea of Italy based on the assertion of whiteness. Archive is a space of intertwining trajectories, taking into account a plurality of art, cultural and political forms, histories, legacies, and perspectives—among them, Milan’s anti-fascist tradition and its support of anti-colonial struggles.

On Fragments and Historical Erasure

On Fragments and Historical Erasure

19.12.2020

Archive is thrilled to begin its activities in Milan with a talk on archival research, anti-colonial militancy, and processes of historical erasure by artist and researcher Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa. In her talk she unraveled the lines of inquiry driving her project Carrying Yours and Standing Between You, that presents her research into the life of the revolutionary Pan-Africanist Amy Ashwood Garvey.

Where is Cinema?

Where is Cinema?

15.11.2019

Archive Books presents the new publication of Anouk de Clercq at Wolf Kino. This book is compiled of portraits of film initiatives from around the world, interwoven with conversations with adventurers who have rebooted movie theatres or built them up from the ground, in the hope that it can be an inspiring compendium for future cinema builders, filmmakers, film curators and film lovers.

Long Term Projects

Ban + AWU + Archive

A growing number of Archive’s members are grounded in Dakar. Aspiring to collaborate more continuously with a constellation of practices rooted in the region, Archive has thus decided to have a base in the city. This new space has been made possible by our sister organization Ban Workshop, an independent pottery workshop initiated by Imann Gaye and a collective of artists, potters, and social workers based in Dakar. Ban is a space developing the potential for pottery to be considered as emancipatory practice. Ban will also be the home of AWU, a feminist radio that brings together voices of African women addressing topics and issues such as identity, gender, and sexuality from a feminist, queer, anti-colonial, and pan-Africanist perspective. AWU and Archive will be running a feminist documentation with an archive and a library at the Ban Workshop, where women can meet, read, and exchange stories. The library will be the backdrop for a series of workshops and seminars around forms of publishing. 

Wild tongues

Wild tongues* is a recurring space for reflection and dialogue concerned with many kinds of borders – borders between nations, cultures, classes, genders, languages. This long-term research endeavor will stretch across various geographies and temporalities and will manifest itself in multiple forms. While addressing the complexities of the borderlands, of diasporic politics, physical and internal displacement, cultural dislocation and hybridity, production of Otherness, and the violence of border regimes – Wild tongues intend to establish a space to enact and rehearse forms of togetherness, radical care, and conviviality. The project draws from a genealogy of feminist writers, amongst them Gloría Anzaldúa whose work inspired the title, Cherríe Moraga, María Lugones, Chela Sandoval, Mariana Ortega, Emma Pérez. Wild Tongues will be launched in 2021.

* “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” in Gloria Anzaldùa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, 1987.