The artistic research project TALKING OBJECTS is dedicated to the decolonization of memory and knowledge.



In three parts – THINK TANKS, ARCHIVE and LAB – the question is explored of what knowledge can be today, beyond European knowledge systems. New perspectives and different questions are needed in order to break up colonial thought patterns and challenge Eurocentric views.

In cooperation with TALKING OBJECTS, KfW Stiftung implements the TALKING OBJECTS THINK TANKS and contributes to the TALKING OBJECTS ARCHIVE.


Scientists, artists and other experts will be invited to the multi-day conferences in Dakar (2023), Frankfurt am Main (2024) and Nairobi (2024) to explore the following questions discursively and artistically: How can we decolonise knowledge? What can a decolonial digital archive look like? What does polyperspectivity mean? How do we make objects speak?


25-27.05.2023 Musée Théodore Monod

The THINK TANK DAKAR brings together interdisciplinary researchers and artists, and all those who wish to share their knowledge, to approach different sources and expressions of knowledge.

Day 1 - 25 May, 18:00 GMT

Day 2 - 26 May, 17:30 GMT

Day 3 - 27 May, 10:00 GMT

Please mind the time difference.


The TALKING OBJECTS ARCHIVE, a digital archive for decolonial knowledge production, will be developed from 2022 to 2024. Based on a curated collection of objects from European and African museums, the archive fans out plural knowledge and makes it accessible online. The Musée Théodore Monod in Dakar will host the archive.

The TALKING OBJECTS LAB has been unfolding since 2020 in symposia, artistic interventions and exhibitions. The aim is to break Eurocentric knowledge systems and make the complexity of knowledge visible.

TALKING OBJECTS is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media/BKM, the KfW Foundation, the Federal Foreign Office and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The events within the LAB are supported by various funders on a project-by-project basis.

In cooperation with TALKING OBJECTS, KfW Stiftung implements the TALKING OBJECTS THINK TANKS and contributes to the TALKING OBJECTS ARCHIVE.


The curatorial team of TALKING OBJECTS consists of El Hadji Malick Ndiaye (Dakar), Njoki Ngumi (Nairobi), Chao Tayiana Maina (Nairobi), Isabel Raabe (Berlin) and Mahret Ifeoma Kupka (Frankfurt am Main).

TALKING OBJECTS project partners are the Musée Théodore Monod (Dakar), The Nest Collective (Nairobi), African Digital Heritage (Nairobi), the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum (Cologne), the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde (Leipzig) and the Museum Angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt am Main), and the Inter-Collection Research of the Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden.

Further information can be found here.

Programme Management

Daniela Leykam

Image Credits

01. Photo: Élise Fitte-Duval, Le génie du Buffle, 2023
02. Photo: Ibrahima Thiam, Maam Ndeuk Daour Mbaye, 2020