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The Bluest Archive: Black Rememory and Resistance – Part of Project Space Festival (PSF) Berlin 2022
August 22, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm CEST
Photo: Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, “Congotay! Congotay! The Understories” Installation, part of Thunder in Your Throat exhibition at nbk Berlin. Photo credit: Kathy-Ann Tan
This one-day exhibition of mixed media works by four African and African diasporic women artists – Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Anike Joyce Sadiq, Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Roseline Olang’ Odhiambo – revolves around the twin tropes of (re)memory and resistance. The title of the exhibition alludes to Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye, Alice Walker’s Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems, 1965-1990 and the 1918 “Blue Book” report that documented German genocide in South-west Africa.
By invoking the knowledge and lived experiences of Black women, the exhibition transforms the arts/ project space into a living archive for the duration of one day. As visitors enter and exit the space, they are invited to dwell in the sounds, stories, texts and visual interventions that collectively offer a counter-narrative to ongoing realities of colonial extraction and violence.
Supported by funding from Project Space Festival 2022
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro. Photo credit: Dorothea Tuch
Anike Joyce Sadiq. Photo credit: Elwira Hiera
Nontsikelelo Mutiti. Photo credit: Jasper Kettner
Rosie Olang’ Odhiambo. Photo credit: Musila Munuve
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