#Healing (Faju)

various venues, Dakar, Senegal
09 Feb 2022 - 16 Feb 2022

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

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

How can resonance pass through the body, the voice, the ancestral soil, the water and create relations? The second part of #Healing (Faju) in Dakar focuses on communal healing gestures of remediation and regeneration.

A mutating, porous, and fugitive space for collaborative reflection and sense-making Faju is continuing in the form of a Living Library. Rooted in Dakar, it situates the research in the contemporary Senegalese context and its multiple cultures, in dialogue with Pan-African, transatlantic, pluriversal perspectives. Artists, scholars, educators, and practitioners will hold a creative space around the reactivation of ancestral, spiritual, and therapeutic knowledges. Encompassing a series of initiatives including an exhibition, installations, performances, workshops, screenings, conversations, and visits to local institutions, the Living Library activates possibilities of “oralitures”, a term coined by the philosopher Mamoussé Diagne. His Critique de la Raison Orale invites to pay attention to the specific ways and devices through which knowledge is transmitted beyond writing, and its use in the West. As vernacular tools, these “oralitures” call for opacity, a reverberation, a resonance – a realm not always intelligible across different knowledge systems.

With contributions by Laeila Adjovi, Cheikha, Mour Fall, Corinna Fiora, Ibaaku, Karim Goessinger, Kya Loum, Lionel Manga, Cléophée Moser, Tabita Rezaire, Alioune Samb, Abdourahman Seck, Nathalie Vairac, Wangui Wa Kamonji and others

Curated by Maya V. El Zanaty, Alessandra Pomarico, Esther Poppe and Abdourahmane Seck.

Hosted by Bibliothèque Terme Sud, in collaboration with GAEC (Groupe d’Action et d’Étude Critique), Goethe Institute, Espace Medina, and Ecoversities Alliance with Free Home University.



Wed, Feb 9–Sun, Feb 13
Mouvement 1
Bibliothèque Therme Sud, Dakar
Conversations, installations, screenings, listening sessions

Fri, Feb 11&Sat, Feb 12
Mouvement 2
Espace Medina, Dakar
Installations, performances

Mon, Feb 14
Mouvement 3
Surroundings of Dakar
Field trips and visits

Tue, Feb 15&Wed, Feb 16
Mouvement 4
Unjering, Marlodj Island
Rituals, celebrations


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