the living archives, the latest project of xart splitta (2020), is an online platform for documentation, archiving and transfer of knowledge from and for BIPoC communities.
The goal of the platform is to bundle content and knowledge that is generated within BIPoC contexts, to record it and make it accessible for the communities. Hereby historical references to narratives and knowledge (texts, oral history, images etc.) play a central role. We understand this site is a constant work in progress and will constantly fill it with new content, both on a collaborative basis as well as within the scope of our work at xart splitta.
For us, "The Living Archives" is a "Resistant Knowledge Project" (Patricia Hill Collins). Archiving, documentation and the sharing of knowledge is understood/defined here as a decolonial act. Keeping the racist, colonial and heteronormative context of origin of archives in mind, we aim to redefine conservative concepts of archives and use them as a tool of "counter-narration".
We are very happy about small and large amounts of money for the implementation and maintenance of the archive, since its continuation is constantly connected with running costs. If you have concrete ideas and wishes for donations, please let us know (e.g. "Donation Literature").
Thank you very much!
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