The Living Archive


You are now in the rooms of the archive. These spaces function as a sorting system. Most systems of cataloguing as we know them are not merely normative and reproduce discrimination, but historically archives and their systematisation contain an immense potential for violence.

In the debates about the implementation of an empowering community-based decolonial archive, a possible meaningful sorting was therefore central. After processes and debates, which are recorded in our timeline, we decided to opt for a a more spatial, visually tangible and emotionally stimulating sorting system. These archive spaces take up the contents of the website with origins, definitions and reference points.

Information about how the individual rooms/spaces can be understood, but also their references and stories of origin, can thus be found at the beginning of each room.

The rooms, just like the other sections, have their own symbols. In the room/space "Sankofa", therefore, the soap bubbles for the archive are indicated on the right side and the Sankofa bird on the left side.

P.S.: As a space with a focus on intersectional perspectives, it is central for us that nothing can be compartmentalised into one room, so you will encounter some things more than once – that’s ok.