COLAB Copenhagen – Contested Concepts

“Until the lions invent their own historians, the story of the hunt will be told by the hunter” (African proverb)

COLAB Copenhagen is a meeting between two ways of constructing the memory, history and self-perception of individuals and states. It is taking place in various institutions and medias in Copenhagen, and is open to the public in a series of 4 COLAB Samtalekøkkener in April, May and June 2016 in Overgaden Art hall.

Ato Malinda (Kenya), Christian Etongo (Cameroon), Odun Orimolade (Nigeria), Jelili Atiku (Nigeria), Ammar Abo Bakr (Egypt), David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo (Columbia), Ali Toffan (Iraq) and Wathiq Alameri (Iraq) have been invited to produce new works and processes during residencies of each one month.

Activism, performativity, memory and identity: In their home nations, the artists are creating alternative stories, that challenge or differentiate the official History. Their Danish mentors work for public institutions, that select, store and meditate the history and identity of Denmark; a country that is known for its transparency and trust in the public institutions.

Co-curator Marcio Cavalho about COLAB:

“The program tries to think about performance and memory as forms for transmitting knowledge: How we learn through our individual and collective bodies, how we embody the archive and how we participate as audience, witnesses or participants in particular histories. The program will give special focus to the relations between performance and memory by analyzing various aspects of remembering and forgetting as two sides of a process that shapes our thinking, experience and imagination.”