My Life Began Several Centuries Ago / AdKdW
MY LIFE BEGAN SEVERAL CENTURIES AGO An Ecosystem of Circulating Images
Exhibition opening• Thu 01 06 2023 / 6 – 9 pm
Curated by AMINATA DIOUF and AGNES STILLGER
with works by Raphaël GRISEY, Bouba TOURÉ and Kàddu Yaraax
With the exhibition My Life Began Several Centuries Ago, photographer and filmmaker Bouba Touré, together with artist Raphaël Grisey, addresses the question of how decolonial ecologies can be uncovered and made collectively fruitful.
For centuries, the relationship between Africa and Europe has been determined by a hegemonic system of exploitation in terms of a Western-influenced capitalist plantation logic. These colonial continuities and legacies perpetuate asymmetries of power that produce ever new forms of forced migration and displacement.
Bouba Touré and Raphaël Grisey create a hybrid and vibrant ecosystem of images that brings to light interconnections between the battlefields of Verdun, the precarious dormitories of African migrant workers in Paris, and the Malian village of Somankidi Coura.
The agricultural cooperative Somankidi Coura, founded in 1977 by former migrant workers and activists in France, became a symbol of self-empowerment: The cooperative’s « return » to Mali, West Africa, resulted in reappropriation and the creation of a collective utopia based on friendship, solidarity, and care for the land, or, in Bouba Touré’s words, in “the awakening of an African consciousness ».
June 1st, ADKDW Studio: exhibition opening with Dj set by C:mone a.k.a @tuincy_bright
June 2nd 14:00-16:00 ADKDW Studio:Workshop with Olivier Marboeuf (producer, artist, writer), Soso Soumaré (activist, anthropologist and relative of Bouba Touré) and artist Raphaël Grisey on issues of accessibility and questions of restitution of documentary image archives as well as on film making and film distribution as activist practices
June 2nd 18:00 -21:00 Filmhaus Koeln: Film screening Xaraasi Xanne (Crossing Voices) with open discussion with Soso Soumaré, Olivier Marboeuf and Raphaël Grisey
Exhibition from Fri June 02 – July 01 2023
ADKDW Studio, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne