Call for Action & Reflection on Decolonising Archives / Reading and Panel
5 june, 18h30 LIVE
This event is part of the digital festival Latitude, which from June 4 to 6 presented debates and artistic contributions on the continued impact of colonial structures in the present. See the full program here: goethe.de/Latitudefestival
In 2019 twenty filmmakers, activists and researchers from Africa and Europe gathered in Lisbon to discuss the past, present and future of archives in which film material from colonial and anti-colonial contexts is stored. This workshop run by the Goethe-Institut Portugal served as a starting point for a collective process to create a call for action and reflection on decolonising film archives that will be performed, commented on and discussed together by its collaborative authors.
“How do we treat our collective memory and what power is vested in archives through their handling of it? How can we make archive film footage accessible to everyone, and give it new life and meaning?”
With Inês Beleza Barreiros (cultural historian, Lisbon), Ganza Buroko (cultural coordinator, Goma), Maria do Carmo Piçarra (film curator, Lisbon), Filipa César (artist, Berlin), Didi Cheeka (filmmaker, Lagos), Inadelso Cossa (filmmaker, Maputo), Fradique (filmmaker, Luanda), Sana Na N’Hada (filmmaker, Bissau), Yaa Addae Nantwi (art researcher, Accra), Inês Ponte (anthropologist, Lisbon), Tom Rice (film lecturer, London), Tamer El Said (filmmaker, Cairo), Raquel Schefer (film researcher, Paris), Catarina Simão (artist, Lisbon), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (curator, Berlin), Antje Van Wichelen (artist, Brussels)
The call for action can be read here.
Goethe released also a mapped database to promote this challenge of asymmetries.