Upcoming at Archive Milano

Practices of rupture
Toward a reparative justice

November 21, 2021

From that disordering rupture, may, perhaps, come repair. A methodology for repair has been theorised by Anawana Haloba within an exhibition-artwork, titled, How to re(pair) my grandmother’s basket. An experimental opera (2021), open at Archive Milan till 28 November 2021. In this work, the artist proposes along with the poet and scholar Harry Garuba that decolonialism (or repair) can only happen if the needs and interests of the epistemologically disenfranchised can be put at the forefront of knowledge production. The idea of repair and healing, exceeds restitution, to seek how we narrate objects. The shorthand for Haloba’s method is to ‘(re)pair’, to pair together again, to bring a comparative, double-view to any knowledge. Read more

Upcoming at Archive Berlin

Publishing Practices

Publishing Practices is a yearly program committed to an expanded idea of publishing not confined to the production and dissemination of printer matters but open a multisensorial reflection on other ways to know and exist. How can we dismantle the way we know the world? What if the iterative power of knowledge as affirmed and reinforced by patriarchal, colonial and capitalist paradigms is replaced by publishing virtuality, its capacity to re-imagine the wor(l)d ascontingency and possibility rather than “necessity and determinacy”(Denise Ferreira da Silva)? In which ways can publishing be activated as the ground for collective solidarity and inseparability and participate in the undoing of fixed marginalities and boundaries? Moved by thesequestions, and inspired by black feminist poethics, transnational feminism and anticolonial thought, Publishing Practices reflects on the potential of publishing as a subversive and emancipatory mode for nurturing and consolidating an ensemble of practitioners and organizations bound by a communal will to imagine and practice inseparability between form and content, human life and the elemental world, visuality and aurality, and sensation and hapticality. Read more.
The fourth Unpacking Our library activation invites Algerian writer and feminist Wassyla Tamzali to experiment and explore strategies of collective readings and library activationsin conversation with the Intilak research team composed by artist Touda Bouanani, curator Léa Morin and publisher Maya Ouabadi. Intilak is an on-going research committed to a feminist and decolonial rewriting of the History of Cinema. The research focuses on a series of minored texts, manifestos, essays, interviews and books produced by women filmmakers, theorists and critics of the cinematic avant-gardes of the 1960s and 1970s in North Africa, such as Mouny Berrah, Wassyla Tamzali, Farida Benlyazid, Assia Djebar,Monique Martineau Hennebelle, among others. Intilak seeks to unearth, collect, study and bring those essential texts on cinema out of the margins, to put them back in the centre and facilitate their circulation. Read more.
Taking as a starting point the pages of crucial feminist periodicals from Turkey, Sosyalist Feminist Kaktüs/Socialist Feminist Cactus (1988-90) and Feminist Politika/ Feminist Politics (2009-today), Özlem Kaya, sociologist, feminist activist and human rights archivist, and Onur Çimen, writer and researcher, will experiment and explore strategies of collective readings and library activations. While reading and translating the archival materials, they will make connections between different generations of feminist positions and present today’s challenges and cultural practices. Read more.
Ausgehend von den Praktiken der Community Bibliothek Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V. in Berlin-Wedding und der legendären Afro-deutschen Magazins Afro-Look (1987-1999) werden Michael Götting, Autor, Bibliothekar und Kurator, und Ricky Reiser, Aktivistin, Redakteurin und autodidaktische Künstlerin, mit Strategien des kollektiven Lesens und Bibliotheksaktivierungen experimentieren. Beim Aufschlagen der Seiten von Afro-Look, dem Archiv der Aktivistin Vera Heyer, u.a. Archivematerial, werden sie Verbindungen zwischen Ansätzen früherer Generationen, und den heutigen Stimmen, Positionen und Kontexten herstellen. Read more.

Departing from the pages of the largest feminist periodical in the mid 1970s in Turkey, Kadinlarin Sesi / Women’s voice, Pinar Öğrenci, artist and filmmaker, and Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, curator, writer, and educator will experiment and open up strategies of collective readings and library activations. While reading the archival materials, they will make connections between the experiments of former women generations and today’s artistic and cultural practices. Read more.

Unpacking Our Library

Unpacking our Library consists of a series of hybrid collective reading practices both digital and physical inhabiting the Archive Inventory library, in collaboration with accomplice libraries in Berlin. How do we inhabit a library collectively? How does a library become a medium for connecting readers’ trajectories, struggles and potential alliances? What are the strategies that collective readings set-up to create moments of exchange, solidarity and citizenship? The program engages with communal formats of readership – from workshops, reading groups, community libraries to reading clubs –, as well as with cultural practitioners, librarians, activists and artists. Each session put into play shared structures of archiving and reading, from digital collections, re-publications to translations and on-going investigations. By socializing collective models of library activations, the program collectively unpacks Archive’s library at its new home in Berlin. Each encounter fosters and nurtures a net of accomplices with whom to engage with in the long-term, weaving a format in which collaborations beyond the scope of this project are welcomed. The very word ‘accomplice’ stems from the Latin complicare which means to “fold, weave together” and bears the meaning of complexifying. By folding a network of accomplices, the program aims to create a kind of virtual publishing space, bringing together complex and multiple perspectives, a platform for research and a convivial web to collectively activate proposals of readership and archiving.

Unpacking our Library is a strain of Publishing Practices, core formation of Archive’s program, committed to an expanded idea of publishing, that triggers and holds a space for study, action and multisensorial gatherings. Publishing Practices is curated by Chiara Figone, Paz Guevara and Beya Othmani.

Upcoming at Archive Milano

Blacknèss fest

October 1-3, 2021

Blackcoffee_pdc and Kirykou are pleased to present Blackn[è]ss fest, a three-day festival taking place at Archive Milano from October 1st to October 3rd, 2021.

With Silvia Rosi, Luca Neves, Ronke Oluwadare, Ariman Scriba, Alberto Boubakar Malanchino, David Blank, Emmanuelle Maréchal, Leila Belhadj Mohamed, Khadim Loum, Daphne Di Cinto and more, Blackn[è]ss fest will feature a diverse range of cultural events addressing the politics of representation of Black and POC people in Italy.

Blackn[è]ss fest wants to simultaneously celebrate Blackness and expose how Black and POC people are subjected to systemic discrimination and violence. In Italy, Black lives are perpetually framed by a Eurocentric gaze. Such a gaze contributes to the erasure of the complexities and nuances that form the Black and POC communities. Read more

Archive Milano

Anawana Haloba

How to (re)pair my grandmother’s basket

An Experimental Opera

September 15, 2021

How to (re)pair my grandmother’s basket is an experimental opera by artist Anawana Haloba, drawing from African philosophy and operatic traditions. The opera is grounded in Ubuntu, the African humanist philosophy of encounter to create a non-hierarchical method by which to interrogate rootedness and empathy.

Haloba’a opera is created and composed borrowing from operatic conventions, knowledges and sensibilities outside the European tradition, mainly from Southern Africa, such as Chiyabilo/Kuyabila and Budima from Zambia. The opera is a dialogue among non-gendered characters who transverse geographies, cultures, and societies, composed for these times. It engages with questions of environmental racism, the rise of nationalism in the western world, and the plight of immigrants. Her experimental libretto and composition are an extension of her doctoral exhibition at Bergen University and teaching practice, in particular a course she taught at KHiO University in Oslo, based on a comparative approach. (Re)pair opens many possible readings: repairing the basket as a new pairing of histories side-by-side, as much as the idea of recovery, or reparation (though the basket, or history, may not be ever retrievable).  Read more

Archive Berlin

Vulnerable Archives

On silenced archives
and dissenting views

September 17–18, 2021

Archives – the fragile, vulnerable ones we are addressing here – are not silent per se. They do have a voice, but one that can be silenced. They do have a voice, but one whose potent airing might not be listened to. In this project – initiated by Savvy Contemporary – we collaborate with archives and organizations that engage in strategies of alternative history writing, dissent, self-organization, and participation via practical solidarity. The project Vulnerable Archives understands vulnerability as a method, with the potential of continuous recreative sources of knowledge.

Since 2020, the work of Vulnerable Archives has been taking place in Germany with research partners and communities in Turkey, Italy, and France. The aims of the project is to build dialogues among the communities that have been silenced and denied from archival practices in order to make visible the overlooked efforts and unconventional ways of storing collective memories.

In the frame of the Invocations taking place on September 17th and 18th – whose aim is to enhance archival networks and infrastructures through workshops, readings, discussions, performances, screenings and more – Archive Berlin will introduce a body of materials tracing feminists publishing practices in Turkey and its diaspora as part of Archive Inventory and a performance by Muna Mussie staging the archaeology of one’s body, a corporeal archive, repository of historical practices, fragments, and traces.

Movements of
Interweaving Threads

September 5, 2021
12.30 pm – 11 pm

On the occasion of the closing of Muna Mussie’s exhibition Bologna St. 173, Archive Milano organized a study day featuring conversations with Fiori Berhane, Medhin Paolos, Angelica Pesarini, Alessandra Ferrini, Dagmawi Yimer and Filmon Yemane; the screening of Asmarina (documentary-film by Medhin Paolos and Alan Maglio); a communal dinner by Mosobna; a multipart listening session by Plethor X and a new performance by Muna Mussie. Read more

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Upcoming at Archive Dakar

Ban + AWU + Archive

A growing number of Archive’s members are grounded in Dakar. Aspiring to collaborate more continuously with a constellation of practices 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 is also the home of AWU, a radio that brings together voices of African women addressing topics and issues such as identity, gender, and sexuality. AWU and Archive are running a feminist documentation center and library where women can meet, read, and exchange stories. The library is the backdrop for a series of workshops and seminars around forms of publishing. The last week of October a new venue will be inaugurated in the neighbourhood of Mamelles.

Past events

Publishing Practices. Gathering Collectives # 1: Casa Kuà and Sickness Affinity Group

Publishing Practices. Gathering Collectives # 1: Casa Kuà and Sickness Affinity Group

18-19 December 2021

Contested Landscapes is dedicated to the often neglected rural space, its landscapes and its producers. Rural production acts in the complex fabric of human and non-human life, between state regulations and regional as well as global market structures. Issues of industrialization, biodiversity, climate change and sustainability shape everyday agricultural life. To this end, the event seeks an exchange between artists, rural producers, urbanists and city dwellers, since the city is hardly thinkable without rural production.