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Sunday, June 12, 2022
3–10 pm
HKW riverbanks and
roof terrace

Lectures, performances,
interventions, publications

Crossings is part of
Archive’s research stream
(re)memberings and (re)groundings

With With Malab Alneel, Leila Bencharnia, Zasha Colah, Omar Delnevo, Chiara Figone, Paz Guevara, Satch Hoyt, Suza Husse, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Julia Mensch, Marcela Moraga, Auro Orso, Rebeca Pak

Curated by Chiara Figone and
Paz Guevara

Image: Marcela Moraga, “Zebramuschel”, from the project “Ein Fluss, ein Archiv”, 2022, Drawing with ink and water from the river Spree

How do vital forms, such as plant and water worlds, archive stories? What role do they play in political struggles and in reimagining society? How can those stories defy oblivion, alienation, and objectification? Confronting the violent material and psychic fragmentation inherited from colonial modernity and the damage of its ongoing extractivism.

Aiming at inhabiting archives collectively, intersubjectively, and in enlivening ways, Crossings is a series of encounters that opens up permeable formats to life, civic engagement and diasporic memory – including political gardens, river stories, transatlantic entanglements and Afro-sonic transmigrations – in collective readings, social displays and food-sharing.

Crossings establishes spaces to traverse knowledge divisions, rehearse forms of togetherness and engage with complex consciousness. Driven by a genealogy of feminist thinkers, these spaces recall M. Jacqui Alexander’s pedagogies of crossings that remembers the fragmented stories of the diasporic experience that still yearn to be told and pine for wholeness in the midst of dismembered life. They also invoke Gloría Anzaldúa’s strategy of crossings as the experiences of actively going beyond those (national) boundaries and the consequent diversification of consciousness and knowledge


15.00 – 15.30
Chiara Figone & Paz Guevara
Spree riverbanks

15:30 – 17:30
Boat Journey (by registration)

Collective Reading Act I
with Chiara Figone, Paz Guevara, Suza Husse, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Auro Orso

Marcela Moraga,
ein Fluss, ein Archiv, 2022
Boat journey, story-telling, and fanzine

Break 17.30 – 17.45
arrival boat and walk to HKW roof terrace

17.45 – 18.00 pm
Chiara Figone & Paz Guevara
Roof terrace

18.00 – 18.20
Collective Reading Act II
with Suza Husse, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, and Auro Orso

18.20 – 18:30
Introduction Paz Guevara

18.30 – 19.00
Julia Mensch, Weeds against Ecocide, 2022
Lecture performance

19.00 – 19.15
Collective Reading Act III
with Malab Alneel, Leila Bencharnia, Zasha Colah

19.15 – 19.25
Introduction Chiara Figone

Rebeca Pak, Bar Somente Hoje, 2022
Food-sharing and social display

20.00 – 20.15
Introduction Anselm Franke, Chiara Figone, Paz Guevara, Satch Hoyt
Afro-Sonic Mapping
Book launch

20.15 – 20.30
Collective Reading Act IV
Zasha Colah and Gabriella Kolandra

20.30 – 21.30
Satch Hoyt, Afro-Sonic Mapping, 2019–present