13 - 15 April, 2016

University of Lagos

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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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