Edna Bonhomme & Nnenna Onuoha: Cartographies of Care
alpha nova & galerie futura, Berlin, Germany15 Feb 2020 - 13 Mar 2020
The exhibition Cartographies of Care by Edna Bonhomme and Nnenna Onuoha, which opens during Black History/Futures Month, charts not only Black Berliners’ often-difficult experiences with the German healthcare system, but also how they find solace and restoration in Afrodiasporic healing arts.
Care is at the core of Black, queer and feminist traditions. Care is ubiquitous, and its parameters dictate how we move through the world; determining whether we survive or thrive. Cartographies of Care traces how healing is imagined and exercised in African diasporic bodies. It gathers experiences and practices from a variety of cultures living in Berlin. These rituals generate modalities of healing that overcome ongoing traumas faced by Black womxn, non-binary, and transgender people who are all threatened by the climate crisis, health inequities, and the rise of the far right. This exhibition is a space of experimentation that works through ancestral memories, mobile archives, and Black futures. It is an invitation for a collective sensorial experience that shows how Afrodiasporic people repair.
Edna Bonhomme is a Haitian American curator, historian, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Her work interrogates the archaeologies of colonial science, embodiment, and surveillance. Edna’s creative endeavors are guided by diasporic futurisms, herbal healing, and bionic beings.
Nnenna Onuoha is a Ghanaian-Nigerian with a passion for words and moving images. She currently works as a visual anthropologist at the Humboldt Universität and Museum für Naturkunde where she is filming ghosts, silences and hidden things, in museums, archives and heritage spaces.