Episode 2: A Topography of Decoloniality

In this episode, edna bonhomme interviewed Dr. Luiza Prado: artist, researcher, and writer. They discussed her artwork, Brazil, decoloniality, and futures.

In this episode, edna bonhomme interviewed Dr. Luiza Prado: artist, researcher, and writer. They discussed her artwork, Brazil, decoloniality, and futures.

Image and quote “Write the Name of Every Colonizer. Set on Fire. Use the Ashes As Fertilizer.” from Luiza Prado’s work, All Directions at Once (2018) and recited by Luiza at the beginning of the episode, https://www.luiza-prado.com/directions

Dr. Luiza Prado

Dr. Luiza Prado de O. Martinswork engages with material and visual culture through the lenses of decolonial and queer theories. In her doctoral dissertation, she examined technologies and practices of birth control and their entanglements with colonial hierarchies of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and nationality, offering the idea of “technoecologies of birth control” as a framework for observing and intervening in biopolitical articulations emerging around practices of birth control. She also holds an MA in Digital Media from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen.

Her current artistic research project, titled “A Topography of Excesses,” starts from a call to re-appropriate the perception of excess attributed to gendered and racialized bodies through the modern/colonial gender system. Through installation, sculpture, net-art, video, and text, the project looks into the transmission of Indigenous and folk knowledges about herbal birth control as decolonizing practices of radical care that allow communities to forge new paths by accessing the poetic dimensions of the pluriversal.

She is part of the design education duo A Parede and a founding member of Decolonising Design. You can also find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Academia.

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CREDITS

Interview and post-production by edna bonhomme
Music by ispeakwaves (384935 and 439877, Attribution License, Creative Commons), pryght one (27130, Sampling+ License), scotcampbell (263709, Creative Commons 0 License), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)
Logo by Nina Prader, Lady Liberty Press

Episode 1, Part 2: Decolonizing Berlin

In Part 2, we continue the conversation on coloniality in Berlin with Dr. Noa Ha and Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim to interrogate how decolonization is currently being understood within Berlin institutions. We also discuss our guests’ own positionalities within academia, museums, and political organizations, as well as the decolonial and anti-colonial methodologies they employ in their work and activism.

“When metaphor invades decolonization, it kills the very possibility of decolonization; it recenters whitness, it resettles theory, it extends innocence to the settler, it entertains a settler future.”

Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang
“Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor,” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society, 1 (1) (2012): 1–40.

Episode 1, Part 2: Decolonizing Berlin


In Part 2, we continue the conversation on coloniality in Berlin with Dr. Noa Ha and Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim to interrogate how decolonization is currently being understood within Berlin institutions.  We also discuss our guests’ own positionalities  within academia, museums, and political organizations, as well as the decolonial and anti-colonial methodologies they employ in their work and activism.

Photograph taken by edna bonhomme

Dr. Noa Ha
Born in West-Germany and child of an Indo-Dutch-German family, Noa Ha has directed the Center for Integration Research at the TU Dresden since 2018. After her formation as landscape gardener, she studied landscape planning at TU Berlin and did her doctorate in architecture on the topic of informality and racism exemplified by street vending in Berlin. She taught and researched in the areas of historical urbanism, urban sociology and the sociology of space at TU Berlin, Center for Metropolitan Studies, and the Humboldt-Universität. Her research investigates processes of urban production from decolonial, critical race theory, feminist and queer theory perspective. She’s a founding member of the “Critical Race, Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies Association” and was active in several organizations such as Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg e.V., of korientation e.V. (an Asian German network) and of Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA).

Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim

Prof. Dr. Tahani Nadim is Junior Professor for Socio-Cultural Anthropology in a joint appointment between the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Department for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a researcher at CARMAH since 2017. Her interdisciplinary research combines the sociology and the anthropology of science and focuses on problematizing data practices and data infrastructures in biodiversity discovery and natural history collections. She heads the interdisciplinary research centre Humanities of Nature at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, which examines the politics of nature past and present. She also runs the experimental research unit Bureau for Troubles in which she collaborates with artists and curators. Her writings have appeared in Science as CultureBig Data & Society and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Her most recent exhibitions include The Influencing Machine (neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin 2018-19) and Dead wasps fly further (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, 2015).

Organizations and projects mentioned in this episode

CREDITS

Interviewed by edna bonhomme, Kristyna Comer, and Marianna Szczygielska, April and May 2019
Recordings by edna bonhomme, Kristyna Comer, and Marianna Szczygielska
Post-production by Kristyna Comer
Music by ispeakwaves (384935 and 439877, Attribution License, Creative Commons), pryght one (27130, Sampling+ License), scotcampbell (263709, Creative Commons 0 License), X3nus (450539, Attribution License, Creative Commons)
Logo by Nina Prader, Lady Liberty Press
Photo by edna bonhomme

Special thanks to Gina Grzimek, Stephanie Hood, Anja Krieger, Dr. Lisa Onaga, Nina Prader, Prof. Dr. Dagmar Schäfer, Karin Weninger, and Dr. Danyang Zhang.