Until the end of 2020, we continue to read the groundbreaking book Potential History – Unlearning Imperialism by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, in which she proposes a methodology and an ethics for engaging with historical and archival materials that refuses to relegate them to a foreclosed past.
Instead, Azoulay invites us to see in these objects the imminent potential for fostering nonimperial forms of identification and meaning. Plunder, she emphasizes, is “an ongoing process,” and the archive is not only a repository of documents but a regime of operations and procedures that are tightly interwoven with imperialist dogmas.
Realized within the discursive series Wednesday with… the reading circle aims to support the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. It is organized in cooperation with ARA – Afro Rainbow Austria, and hosted by Faris Cuchi Gezahegn (representative of ARA) and Katja Stecher (studio das weisse haus).