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Double Feature: 1. Mitchell Esajas: The Black Archives. Towards a more inclusive city through documenting erased black histories; 2. Dimitra Andritsou (Forensic Architecture): Cities of Living Archeologies
1. October 2020 @ 19:00 — 21:00 CEST
Mitchell Esajas is co-founder of New Urban Collective, a network for students and young professionals from diverse backgrounds with a focus on the Surinamese, Caribbean and African diaspora. Esajas studied Business Studies and Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2016 he co-founded the Black Archives in Amsterdam, a cultural center based on a unique collection of books, documents and artefacts documenting the histories of Surinamese and Black people in the Dutch context. The Black Archives develops exhibitions and public programs based on the collections and urgent societal issues.
Forensic Architecture (FA) is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. It undertakes advanced spatial and media investigations into cases of human rights violations, with and on behalf of communities affected by political violence, human rights organizations, international prosecutors, environmental justice groups, and media organizations. Dimitra Andritsou is an architectural researcher at Forensic Architecture since October 2019, and her role includes 3d modelling and digital representations alongside preparation for novel testimonial and evidentiary techniques. Dimitra graduated in 2017 from the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and in 2019 she completed with distinction the MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work at the Centre for Research Architecture revolved around spatial politics of migration and bordering, focusing on the reiterative emergence of fire at migrant encampments in Greece. Prior to the MA, Dimitra worked as freelance architect in Berlin.