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. The exhibition will run until August 27, 2021.

Muna Mussie 
Opening performance 
PF DJPerForming DiscJockey
Followed by a communal dinner
and a sound performance
by Jermay Michael Gabriel 
Diasporic Saturday School 
Initiated by Seydou Ndiaye and Chiara Figone
Storytelling on and with fabrics 
Deep Listening Gathering with Kirykou collective
Kirykou is Jermay Michael Gabriel, Leila Bencharnia, Ismael Condoy, 
Giuliano Pascoe, Ronke Oluwadare.
Followed by a communal dinner

Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 3–7pm
Or contact us at milano@archivesites.org to book an appointment

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.

In Muna Mussie’s performative installation — whose essence is a single movement of braids rising horizontally from the force of swiveling bodies — a millisecond-movement is expanded to reverberate through the entire space, encompassing twenty-three years of annual Eritrean political congresses and festivals at once. Attended by diasporic Eritreans from several continents, and held in Munich, Nuremberg, Pavia, but mostly (uninterrupted from 1974 to 1991) in Bologna, these gatherings were communal spaces of resistance, where to pursue the overthrowing of the military dictatorship, but also sites of conviviality and togetherness. Amnesia and nostalgia haunt this micro-history. Much too little remains in public memory, although the congresses continue in Kassel and in Milan as commemorations of the struggle for independence till date.

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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. Read more here.

Changes in Direction
– a Journal
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. 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. 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

Monsters, Catastrophes and the Anthropocene: A Postcolonial Critique

Monsters, Catastrophes and the Anthropocene: A Postcolonial Critique

30.04.2021

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

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. 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

30.05.2021

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

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.

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.