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Semer Somankidi CouraUne archive générative

Raphaël Grisey - Semer Somankidi Coura
This publication is the result of a research project led by artists Raphaël Grisey and Bouba Touré around the archives of the self-organized agricultural cooperative Somankidi Coura, in Mali. A historical reflection on agricultural, archival, health, and migratory issues through a decolonial perspective.
Sowing Somankidi Coura. A Generative Archive is a long-term research endeavor by Raphaël Grisey in collaboration with Bouba Touré around the permacultures and archives of Somankidi Coura, a self-organized cooperative along the Senegal river founded by a group of former African migrant workers and activists in France in 1977 after the Sahel drought of 1973. The book assembles texts, voices, images, takes, retakes and research around the Pan-African history of the cooperative of Somankidi Coura, the liberation struggles of migrant workers and farmers in France and West Africa. It enables thinking a politics of decolonisation for agriculture, migration, care, soil and the archive. Sowing Somankidi Coura. A Generative Archive offers new perspectives on the analyses and modes of action of ACTAF (Cultural Association of African Workers in France), and the permacultures of the Cooperative of Somankidi Coura, for speculative permacultures to germinate. Sowing Somankidi Coura presents a series of interviews with Bakhoré Bathily, Goundo Kamissokho Niakhaté, Mady Koïta Niakhaté, Ladji Niangané, Ousmane Sinaré, Siré Soumaré and Bouba Touré, the cooperative's founders, a large selection of Bouba Touré's photo archive, and various contributions from Raphaël Grisey, Tobias Hering, Olivier Marboeuf, Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye & Jean-Philippe Dedieu, Karinne Parrot, Romain Tiquet, Kaddù Yaraax and Sidney Sokhona.
Raphaël Grisey (born 1979 in Paris, lives and works in Berlin and Trondheim, Norway) His exclusively video, editorial and photographic works gathers or produces narratives on politics of memories, migration or architecture since many years. The photographic series and book Wo versteckt sich Rosa L. (2001-2006), for example, was the study of the traces or ghosts of various political regimes in Berliner public spaces. His films or installations, using diverse documentary, fictional or essayist forms deal also with social and political issues of the day such as immigration and post-colonial issues in France (Trappes, Ville Nouvelle, 2003; Cooperative, 2008–). Recent films lead him to work in Budapest (National motives, 2011), in french students' strikes situations (The Indians, 2011), in China (The exchange of perspectives, 2012), in Brazil around the social housing complex Pedregulho (Minhocão, 2011) and in the Brazilian Positivist Church in Rio de Janeiro (Amor e Progresso, 2014) or around maroon quilombola communities in Minas Gerais (Remanescentes / A Mina dos Vagalumes, 2015). His work includes also collaboration projects such as the films Prvi Deo and Red Star (2006) dealing with post war issues in ex-Yougoslavia with Florence Lazar and such as the project Cooperative (2008-) with Bouba Touré.
 
Edited by Raphaël Grisey and Bouba Touré.
Contributions by Raphaël Grisey, Tobias Hering, Olivier Marboeuf, Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye, Jean-Philippe Dedieu, Karinne Parrot, Romain Tiquet, Kaddù Yaraax, Sidney Sokhona, interviews with Bakhoré Bathily, Goundo Kamissokho Niakhaté, Mady Koïta Niakhaté, Ladji Niangané, Ousmane Sinaré, Siré Soumaré, Bouba Touré.

Graphic design: Archive Appendix.

 
published in November 2019
French edition
19,5 x 29 cm (softcover)
320 pages (color & b/w ill.)
 
32.00
 
ISBN : 978-3-943620-67-2
EAN : 9783943620672
 
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