Fugitive Archives was launched first in Johannesburg, South Africa at the end of last month, followed by a launch in London, United Kingdom and now on October 19th at CCA bookstore in Montréal, Canada.
Fugitive Archives: A Sourcebook for Centring Africa in Histories of Architecture is not a book about African architecture or its history. It is a book about the role of primary research in the work of the fellows and about how, to centre Africa in histories of architecture, they had to develop new ways of finding, seeing, and listening. The sources presented here are starting points for dismantling and expanding existing architectural archives, in which what is considered valuable enough to archive remains dominated by colonial or Western knowdledge frameworks.
This book brings the fellows and their sources into dialogue in three sections that foregrond similar methods and challenges to locating, accessing, reading and constructing otherwise fugitive archives.
The images below show some highlights from the Fugitive Archives Panel Discussion that took place on Saturday September 30th at the GSA.
Design by Naadira Patel and Fred Swart
Fugitive Archives is published by the Canadrian Centre for Architecture and Jap Sam Books in the context of the project Centring Africa: Postcolonial Perspectives on Architecture, the 2019-2022 iteration of the CCA's Multidisciplinary Research Program, organized with the support of the Mellon Foundation.
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