Animated poster made for Wake Up Call For Ancestors an art exhibition and panel discussion in Berlin opening the 28th of this month, curated by the inspiring Sajan Mani. On display at OYOUN Berlin, Germany.
Colonial archives in various museums and institutions across Europe generate diverse discourses related to history, memory, archiving, art and the authenticity of the colonized nations. "Wake up calls for my Ancestors" is a long-term, critical artistic-archival project that gives an active voice to the silent voices of Dalit and other archived subaltern subjects, appropriated, exhibited, made accessible, edited, and disseminated as mere photographs . The artist Sajan Mani has initiated an interdisciplinary dialogue about the collection of South Indian photographs in the Ethnological Museum Berlin, to which he has invited three artists and three scholars to critically question Eurocentric archiving practices. Internal workshops, research work, installations, performances, films, photographs, panel discussions, interactions and experimental collaborations take place within the framework of the project in order to provide a conscious counterpoint to the accuracy of colonial photography. In search of a space and a history from below, "Wake up calls for my Ancestors" challenges the widely accepted post-colonial methodology that deals with the great nation at the expense of smaller places like Keralam. The possibility of an everyday space-time that can connect both human and non-human actors for compassionate planetary justice orients this investigation to both futuristic and historical modes of thought.