Archive Milano
Opening weekend
June 18–20, 2021

On the summer solstice weekend, Archive Milano opens its doors to Muna Mussie’s solo show የቦሎኛ ጎዳና | شارع بولونيا | Bologna St. 173. The August sun, high in the sky, beats down. Conceived and built over the course of Muna Mussie’s residency at Archive (29.01–31.03.2021), the exhibition is part of Archive’s research stream (re)memberings and (re)groundings(2020–2022). The exhibition will run until August 27, 2021.

6.00 pm
Exhibition opening and performance by Muna Mussie

A phantasmagoric body covered with Netsela from the waist up, prepares popcorn. The sound and the matter shooting out from it glides in the space, and drags with it the billowing-trailing-body. A prechosen point will be the base from which the arm of liberty emerges, the body abandons the molt and escapes into the uncovered open. There are small rites that accompany the life of all peoples. That of popcorn in Eritrea is a rite that finds space inside parties, birthdays, weddings, dances; but rather than something to be eaten, the popcorn here is thrown, made to fly in the air as if it were carnivalesque-confetti-snow and then flung to the ground, scattered as to mark an area of joy where thrift gives way to the sign of abundance and of the ephemeral. By design, popcorn is the result of small explosive reactions that translate into something particularly spongy and soft, both to touch and to view. The sound generated by this reaction, recalls that of shooting: fireworks or firearms. On this sonorous ambiguity plays the action of PF DJ: where the struggle for independence advances between gunfire and bombardment; at dusk – during the week of the Bologna Congresses – music and dance take over, revealing the more tender, recreational, crackling and playful phase of the struggle. (MM)

8.00 pm
Communal dinner
Food by Mosobna

9.00 pm
Sound performance
by Plethor X

Plethor X is a duo from Milan who make experimentation and musical research an absolute stylistic blueprint. From James Brown to Fela Kuti, to this day. The sounds that most characterize the sound of Plethor X are of Eritrean and Ethiopian influence, such as tigryna, Eritrean folk music, and the masinko, an instrument typical of Eritrea and Ethiopia. Without roots, neither musical nor territorial: everything blends under the name of Plethor X, which therefore symbolizes the presence of a mass, of a mixture of intents, of a crowd without name, without label, irrecoognized but real and anxious to express themselves.

3.00–6.00 pm
Diasporic Saturday School
Storytelling through and with fabrics
by Saidou Ndiaye and Chiara Figone.

The Diasporic Saturday School is a porous space for youth with diasporic backgrounds, a site where to practice an encompassing understanding of self, a laboratory of imagination, a space where the importance of community and conviviality are central. It is vital for children and young people to embrace differences, to unsettle the limits constructed by monolithic articulation of identity, it is essential to listen to the many stories and forms of knowing that can be part of their expecience of being in the world and build their world(s). As a space of co-learning, the social, emotional, intellectual balance of each child is of the utmost importance. The Diasporic Saturday School is initiated by Seydou Ndiaye and Chiara Figone.

4.00 – 7.00 pm
Deep Listening session with Kirykou collective

Kirykou is a collective formed by Jermay Michael Gabriel Yhonnas Cappellin, Leila Bencharnia, Ismael Condoy, Giuliano Pascoe, and Ronke Oluwadare. A cultural and diasporic project born in October 2019 in Milan. Through music, art and literature, Kirykou embraces the differences between bodies and cultures. Kirykou’s music is a vindication, contaminated and powered by diversity, a sonic force that crosses and transcends boundaries. Ismael Condoy plays on the mix of Andean and electronic sounds, Jermay Cappellin with those of Ethiopian rituals, Giuliano Pascoe aka Dj Droven builds on the sonorities of Western music, and Leila Bencharnia incorporates Berber sounds into classical music. Ronke Oluwadare is the wordsmith of the collective

Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 3–7pm
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Covid-19 safety measures: We are looking forward to welcoming you, safely, in our space. Please wear a maskandregister at the entrance. Thank you all for your collaboration.

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Electric Brine – Virtual Book Release

12.06.2021, 7pm UTC+2

Archive Books invites you to gather and delve into the poetry and critical essays of six women working with emergent debates surfacing in the environmental humanities around fluids.
The online conversation brings together three of the book’s contributing authors: theorist, critic, and translator Sophie Lewis, essayist Esther Leslie, and poet Lisa Robertson. On this occasion they will dive into the nuanced expositions of substance and form, and the manifold literary and scientific “fabulations” around material transfer and flow in relationship to their writing and current research. Editor Jennifer Teets will moderate the evening and hold a conversation with co-editor Elise Hunchuck on the publication’s “metabolic digestion of text” per its design and layout, as well as a detailed account of The World in Which We Occur live event series and its associated online study group Matter in Flux. Matter in Flux members will join the Q&A in a lively unraveling of the state of material politics today in discussion with the authors. Texts presented from the volume include: Amniotechnics by Sophie Lewis, Fog, Froth and Foam: Insubstantial Matter in Substantive Atmospheres by Esther Leslie and On Form (for Jane Ellison) by Lisa Robertson.
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Changes in Direction
– a Journal
Digital book launch


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. Her films transform the archive into a space – and publication – of reflective engagement. The artist’s compilation of research, interviews and discussions in this bilingual German-English volume are enriched by contributions by the Namibian performance artist Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, the German curator-theorist Doreen Mende and the Finnish writer Olli Löytty. Initially an exhibition project and film screenings shown in Berlin, Freiburg i. Br., Malmö, Helsinki and Windhoek, Horelli and the curator Heidi Brunnschweiler put together a volume that celebrates and critically reflects on art as a process.

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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

Monsters, Catastrophes and the Anthropocene: A Postcolonial Critique

Monsters, Catastrophes and the Anthropocene: A Postcolonial Critique


Gaia Giuliani presenta il suo ultimo libro Monsters, Catastrophes and the Anthropocene: A Postcolonial Critique, (Routledge: London, 2020), in un percorso che esplora gli immaginari occidentali su disastri naturali, migrazioni di massa e terrorismo secondo una lettura postcoloniale, dalla quale emerge lo sguardo europeo su mostruosità e catastrofi.

Changes in Direction – a Journal Digital book launch

Changes in Direction – a Journal Digital book launch


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. Her films transform the archive into a space – and publication – of reflective engagement. 

Mes nouveau plafonds / My new ceilings

Mes nouveau plafonds / My new ceilings


Mes nouveau plafonds is the title of one of the first photographic series conceived by artist Georges Senga (Lubumbashi, RDC, 1983, based in the Netherlands). The series was focused on the ceilings of family houses that Senga photographed in his home city Lubumbashi, second city of the Democratic Republic of Congo and capital of the rich minerary Province of Katanga. The work is a survey on the way people inhabit and experience daily life in the city and a way to narrate the massive economical and social transformations of the last decades.




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.

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.