4 - 6 February 2021
Online | Dakar, Senegal | Berlin, Germany

Gaps, holes, erasures, are spectral wounds in the flesh of History. In the context of the Black Atlantic and African History, how do we repair beyond material reparation, acknowledging that former memories, relations, and possibilities can never be fully restituted? Can we heal what haunts the present time, in the social body and collective consciousness, looking for missing voices and unveiled stories? In order to overcome the spectrum of past and future oppressive systems, we will look at literature as well as political activism as liberatory pedagogies, and set out to reclaim social technologies of healing as conceived of in African cosmology. HEALING will focus on afro-diasporic spiritual or folk healing practices, lay movements for recovery – therapeutic, self-help, shamanic, feminist practices – to generate ideas and media that may have transformative potential.

More information on the event and videos on hkw.de:

#Healing (Faju) with Lionel Manga, Tabita Rezaire, Transatlantic Sounds (Tomás Espinosa and others) and an introduction by the edition curators Alessandra PomaricoEsther PoppeYayra Sumah and Maya V. El Zanaty

We are Waves*
Lionel Manga

The end of the transatlantic slave trade was followed by the era of traumatization in African countries. In his performative lecture during the #Healing (Faju) edition, the author and cultural critic Lionel Manga looked at the trauma passed down from generation to generation; from the apportionment of the African continent among the colonial powers following the Berlin Conference in 1884/85 to the monotheization of large sections of the population and associated suppression of spiritual worlds to disrupted decolonization processes. Manga traces this negative force field, which slows down all vibrant dynamics and impedes political emancipation. Based on a Bantu maxim, he pursues the idea that the world is like a chimpanzee that falls down, shakes itself off and carries on its way. He encourages the audience to see themselves as waves and not to lose their faith that healing is possible. read more


Ibaaku defines himself as a sonic poet, exploring the potentials of audio through collaborative and cross-disciplinary work with other artistic fields such as video, visual arts, and fashion. Starting in the early 2000s in the Senegalese hip-hop scene as producer and vocalist, he released various albums. Besides his engagement in electronic music, he composes regularly for cinema and TV formats. read more

Dilo, 2017, Tabita Rezaire. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery, South Africa.