Deposits of future
Exhibition project by kara lynch and Peggy Piesche.
kitchen table digital diaspora collective’s installation uses Iwalewahaus’ architectural beginnings as a bank building to carve out the interdependencies of BlackFuture imaginations and ‘deposits of knowledge’. As in everyday life, access to knowledge is an issue of power-relations. In order to retrieve this interred cache, visitors to the vault exert themselves as they descend the stairs, pass through the gates, and unearth the keys to the archive. The safe, this strange cube at the margins of the exhibition space, makes this also tangible: It embodies the double function of a ‘safe space’: protected and protecting.
The artwork plays on these notions, and foregrounds future as a ‘deposit’ which can be activated, and thereby is able to empower certain collectivities. “Because”, as Peggy Piesche puts it in the contextualization of this project, “in the collective experience of African/ Diasporic histories and futures we live our theories, work and praxis not as some distant dream, but as something that can and will happen, that is happening right now.”