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30 Mar '23 – 18.00 – 20.00
Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Nedre gate 7
Oslo, 0551

You Better Say Our Names: Public Talk on Decolonizing the Art Field

Join us for a public talk between writer Lara Okafor and curator Yaa Addae on the topic of decolonizing the art field.

In this talk Addae and Okafor will reflect on their understanding of what is required to start a process of decolonization in the art field, based on their research and practice linked to this question. Addae will also guide us through a meditation for transmitting care using what Addae refers to as technology of imagination and digital love. At the end of the session there will be the possibility to engage in a Q&A.

This event is taking place as the first public programme in relation to the OCA project ‘You better say our names', and in relation to the launch of the digital co-curation between OCA and the digital platform YPPĒ on textual and performative contributions by Duduzile Mathonsi, Minna Salami, and Yaa Addae.

Yaa Addae

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Yaa Addae (she/they) is a participatory curator, writer, and community researcher. Their practice is informed by the liberatory power of the imagination, play, and restorative love economics: bringing love to the systemically underloved. Yaa works to reimagine cultural infrastructure and in 2019 co-created ‘Black Diaspora Literacy: From Negritude to Drake’, a 10 week course supported by Tufts University’s Experimental College. Later, they were a researcher for Ano Institute’s Mobile Pavilion and Cultural Encyclopedia of African Art.

They are the founder of the anticolonial art history platform Decolonize The Art World and art futurist studio, KRA. They have spoken at the Southbank Centre, Nubuke Foundation, The Barbican, Somerset House and led workshops with Autograph ABP, The Church of Black Feminist Thought, The Library of Africa and The African Diaspora, Queer Britain and more. Currently based between London, Accra, and New York, Yaa is stewarding Open Heart Clinic, an embodied research programming series on the future of care.

Lara Okafor

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Lara Okafor (they/them) is a writer, software developer, and organiser. They are interested in prison abolition, speculative fiction, and how those two topics overlap with technology. Lara has written a master’s thesis about digital security for queer people of colour, a short story, ‘Sevenfold’, which was published in the Norwegian sci-fi anthology ‘A line through gravity’, and has writing published in the magazines Fett, Samora Forum, and Billedkunst. Lara was also one of the project coordinators for the documentary film project ‘Loud and Proud: a celebration of Black queer voices’.


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