Son[i]a #337 Raw Material Company
- 00:01 Institutional sustainability in a cultural ecosystem
- 02:37 Intro
- 05:01 An expanded curatorial practice: dialogue and relationships.
- 08:36 Space as a necessity: Raw Material Company, founded in Dakar in 2011
- 13:04 A time to process and digest: stopping the production machine
- 16:38 The need of new terminologies: every time the term decolonial is used a puppy dies.
- 19:59 Bringing the conversation back to your own context
- 21:42 Programming from a panafrican perspective
- 32:00 Adapt and adjust: The morning after the crisis. Our podcast is also part of our program.
- 39:56 Against academic hierarchies
- 45:51 Learning to ask the right questions
- 47:25 Relearning
- 50:10 Unlearning
- 51:16 The value of different kind of knowledges and practices
- 52:37 Conversations and exchange: a space where disagreement and failure are allowed.
- 54:08 Who said it was simple?
- 69:17 Solidarity, trust, care and alliances
- 72:46 Hacking the system? Resistance, resilience and moving forward
- 73:45 The fragility of the structures of cultural institution on a pandemic
- 77:53 We have hope, we need hope!
Based in Dakar, Senegal, Raw Material Company is an independent, collaborative centre that aims to foster critical thinking through artistic practice. The project was founded in 2008 at the initiative of curator Koyo Kouoh, with a socially committed, pan-African, translocal vision and a programme that revolves around the research, promotion and dissemination of contemporary culture in and from Africa. From the perspective of the RAW Material Company, curatorial practice is an expanded exercise in knowledge production that goes beyond exhibitions. It encompasses artistic education and public programmes, as well as residencies, a library, an archive, publications, and even podcasts. All these tools are used to weave networks and communities that implement critical thought from a perspective of collectivity and care in which fragility and vulnerability are understood as a crack and a source of power to generate change.
In this conversation, Marie Hélène Pereira and Fatima Bintou Rassoul Sy—two key members of Raw Material Company—discuss a situated feminist and decolonial practice that focuses on doing rather than enunciating and categorizing. They share some of their experiences and talk about the strategies they use to create rich forms of dialogue and to negotiate the tensions and the ideological and economic constraints imposed through the still-colonial structures of the so-called global North. Actions that can be as small as opening up a space in which to be together, to unlearn and rethink the emancipatory possibilities that art can offer society.