“Dreaming Black Futures” by edna bonhomme and Mia Imani Harrison
Prater Digital, Berlin, Germany 12 Dec 2020 - 12 Dec 2021
edna bonhomme and Mia Imani Harrison invite participants to enter into a dream world that invokes Black memories, conversations, and visuality (both in the analog and digital realm). They will excavate intergenerational and transnational dialogues that can be (re)produced within the cyber dreamscape.
edna bonhomme is a writer, historian of science, and cultural worker. She holds a PhD in the History of Science from Princeton University and a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. As a researcher, Edna’s work interrogates the archaeology of (post)colonial science, embodiment, and surveillance. A central question of her work asks: What makes people sick? She answers this by exploring the spaces and modalities of care and toxicity that shape the possibility for repair. Edna has written for publications such as Africa is a Country, Al Jazeera, analyse & kritik, The Baffler, DADDY Magazine, Der Freitag, Mada Masr, The Nation, and more. Edna’s creative work is guided by decoloniality, care, and African diaspora world making. She has collaborated on and exhibited multimedia projects at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Galerie im Turm, Display Gallery, Savvy Contemporary, and other interdisciplinary spaces
Mia Imani Harrison is an international interdisciplinary artivist (art + activist) and arts writer. Harrison interrogates the ways that disenfranchised communities can heal individual, communal, and societal trauma by creating works that live in-between the worlds of art and science. This „third-way“ mixes unconventional methods (dreams, rituals) and science (ethnography, geography, psychoanalysis) to dream new potential ways of being. She activates this through experimental interviews, reportage, continued conversations, and the like. She strives to create generative pieces that allow the works of the artist to have a second breath outside of the confinements of an exhibition. Her creative and collaborative work has lived in the Northwest Film Forum, Seattle Art Museum Lab, Savvy Contemporary, and is expanding into the digital and other interdisciplinary spaces. Her written work lives both digitally and in print within Cultured Magazine, Contemporary And, Daddy Magazine, Hyperallergic, Vice, and more.