Decolonial
Archive

INTRO

In the last decades, archives have been in the midst of a discussion about their accessibility and transparency. Such a debate has resulted in new challenges for the democratisation of the archives. The access to knowledge and its production has to be opened to new voices.

VOLUMES has taken such challenges seriously and has extended its already diverse and non-hierarchical archive to new perspectives. The contribution of MEXA! has already shown how such invitations can allow both decentering the possible (unconscious) repetition of eurocentric centres and extending the political agency of the archive to often marginalised voices. The decolonisation of Volumes Archives carries on with such possibilities.

On one hand, we interrogate the colonial legacy and neo-colonial power relations in the existing Zurich section’s publications. On the other, we experiment with different forms of intervention in the publications themselves to explore the possibilities of the archive as sites of political resistance and challenge to colonial imaginaries. We seek to show the potential of creative (and joyful) interventions as a decolonial tool for other actors to continue the decolonisation of the archives. Furthermore, we suggest some publications to deepen the decolonial reading of historical narratives and current structures.

ABOUT

Decolonize Zurich is a group of creators, academics and activists who want to bring postcolonial theory into action. Theory forms the basis for our action, aiming to bridge the gap between academia and the public, theory and action. Accordingly, practice follows theory - anything from roundtables, get-togethers, cookouts, or workshops. We believe that changing the current social and political status quo requires us to invent new measures and formats: collectively, creative, and provocative.