FAJU in Dakar || Feb, 9 to 16
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
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
Bibliothèque Terme Sud – Wednesday Feb 9th
Call my Name! It Will Come from Where I’m Going, Even Though I know I Left it Where I Came From | Abdourahmane Seck
How to reverse colonial bounds, build alternatives and support transmission practices in Senegal.
Heat Ice Until it Becomes Water: Transe-Formation, healing through sonics | Ibaaku
A sound performance inspired by aquatic rituals of Senegal celebrating forces that have long been revered as divine powers for both their destructive ardor, as well as for their striking beauty, eternal vitality and healing virtues.
Bibliothèque Terme Sud – Thursday Feb 10th
15:30 ~ 18:30
Healing into the Pluriverse | Wangui Wa Kamonji
What is it that we are trying to heal? Why do we need healing? Together and through our bodies and the many stories they hold, we will map the
logics that have created colonial modernity, and many current harms in the world. In the pursuit of healing colonial logics and creating and living in a
regenerative pluriverse, we will also explore their opposites and map a spectrum of beautiful possibilities that guides/is our faju from coloniality.
19:00 ~ 19:40
The Roads of Yemoya | Laeila Adjovi
Fragmented memory of the Black Atlantic and cultural resistance from Cuba, Benin, Nigeria through photography, sounds objects, literature.
Making healing objects
Sharing video archival material
Mour Fall, Tabita Rezaire, Ibaaku, Cléophée Moser, Cheikha, Lionel Manga
Espace Medina - Friday Feb 11
15:00 ~ 18:00
Conversation with Wangui Wa Kamonji, Karim Goessinger, Abdourahmane Seck, Alessandra Pomarico & Nikolay Oleynikov, Lionel Manga, Maya V. EL Zanaty, Esther Poppe, Cheikha
~ Les Survivants (60’) excerpts, Lionel Manga
~ Groovetenders (5’) (film/poetic montage), Wangui Wa Kamonji
~ People of Flour, Salt, and Water (60’), excerpts, Chto Delat / Free Home University
Espace Medina - Saturday Feb 12
18:00 ~ 21:00
FAJJIN Yi – Humanity is a the medecine for humanity
~Tawat | Mour Fall
Ancestral remedies and traditional modes of communication for the sickness of the body and society, not healed by modern medicine.
~ Jaggadi ba ci jagg | Alioune Samb
Rituals of togetherness in the Bayfall tradition as a source of healing.
~ Hotayu ndoh | Cléophée Moser
Water as a medium of transmission of initiatic knowledge – a performative installation inspired by purification and healing baths in the Sufi tradition.
~ Seetlu | Cheikha
Mother of knowledge, clairvoyance invites a state of receptivity allowing to recognize the indivisible oneness of the cosmos as the primary source of healing.
~ Mamelles Ancestrales | Tabita Rezaire
An exploration through the megalithic landscapes, space debris, archeology, astronomy, numerology, theology and African understandings of the cosmos, in the quest of our ancestors and the methods they used to connect to the celestial realms.
Unjering – Marlodj Island - Monday 15, Tuesday 16 February
Dancing with five teachers | Tabita Rézaire
A call upon the wisdom of the five elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space, to expand our capacity to connect. Through danse, breath, and conversations we will nurture intimacy, with ourselves, each other, our bodies, our ancestors, the Earth and cosmos.
Breathing, brewing, squeezing I Karim Goessinger
Qigong practices, Yerba Mate and Chinese tea ceremonies, taoists stories and Thai massage sessions: offerings of meditative methodologies to pay attention to the movement and circulation of energy.
Imperceptible I Nathalie Vairac
Activating the notion of space continuum, on etheric and physical plans, an exploration of the possibilities to heal through distance: creating a circle to connect a blow to another and enter into our own silent night.
Kaddu Xol (La voix du Coeur / the voice of the heart) | Corinna Fiora and participants
Celebration and collective improvisations with voices, percussions, body percussions and hearts – to unlock intuition, liberate our inner potential, and let
our true selves come forth.
The magic of sound | Kya Loum
Her music is both food and purification for the soul, when higher presences tune in, the self disappears, and all energies become One.