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13 April 2016
A Lecture-Performance by Grada Kilomba
In this lecture performance Grada Kilomba explores forms of Decolonizing Knowledge using
printed work, writing exercises, performative narrative, and visual art, as forms of alternative
knowledge production. Kilomba raises questions concerning the concepts of knowledge, race
and gender: “What is acknowledged as knowledge? Whose knowledge is this? Who is
acknowledged to produce knowledge?” This project exposes not only the violence of classic
knowledge production, but also how this violence is performed in academic, cultural and artistic
spaces, which determine both who can speak and what we can speak about.
To touch this colonial wound, she creates a hybrid space where the boundaries between the
academic and the artistic languages confine, transforming the configurations of knowledge and
power. Using a collage of her literary and visual work, Grada Kilomba initiates a dialogue of
multiple narratives who speak, interrupt, and appropriate the ‘normal’ and continuous coloniality
in which we reside.
The audience is invited to participate, and to re-imagine the concept of knowledge anew, by
opening new spaces for decolonial thinking.
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