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Aditi Jaganathan, image credit: University of the Underground

23 Nov 2021
18:30 - 20:30

Decolonial Futures: Workshop with Aditi Jaganathan

The second workshop of Decolonial Futures 2021-2022 invites Dr. Aditi Jaganathan, a London based writer and educator that uses cultural production as a site of revolutionary praxis, looking at the knowledge held in art, music and film, to pose different questions about our collective liberation.

Following the spirit of Third Cinema practitioners, the session will focus on deep listening and provide the participants with an opportunity to sit with the different registers held and offered to us by revolutionary cinema. Through collectively sitting with the audio-visual text, to interrogate histories of resistance and how film is a powerful tool in rupturing dominant ideas of history and revolutionary praxis.

Sambazinga (1972), a film stunningly crafted by Guadeloupean filmmaker and visionary Sarah Maldador, prises open a world of revolution, liberation and decolonisation through the prism of working-class women in Angola. The film offers often forgotten questions about the role of women in revolutionary struggle and stretches our understanding of what resistance looks like.

Jaganathan’s workshop is part of Decolonial Futures, an exchange programme organised between the Sandberg Instituut, the Rietveld Academie and Framer Framed in Amsterdam, as well as Funda Community College in Soweto, South Africa. The programme centres around questions of decolonisation in the context of art and education. Participants will work towards the making of a documentary whose format and content will be informed by guest filmmakers, writers and artists such as Aditi Jaganathan.

How to Register

The programme is open to students of the Sandberg Institute and the Rietveld Academy, cultural practitioners, and anyone willing decolonise their perspective, research and practice. By registering you are confirming your engagement for all the classes.

It is now required to bring valid a CoronaCheck proof. Please be ready to show your QR code on arrival, for more information check our Corona Regulations. To attend the first term of the programme please RSVP by filling in this form.

For any questions, please do contact us at: info@decolonialfutures.org

This event is FREE and in ENGLISH.

More about the programme

The programme was inspired by the desire to work collectively towards a decolonial future through an equal exchange of knowledges and perspectives from students working across the disciplines of art and design.

The focuses of the first term explore:

Classes will take place at Framer Framed in Amsterdam, where we will host a series of screenings, talks and workshops by individuals whose practices engage with narratives of de/coloniality, their histories and their current unfolding.

In parallel, participants at Funda Community College in Soweto will work on archival material accumulated over the years of Decolonial Futures since the inception of the programme and will reflect on their experience, the feasibility and limitations of decolonial educational endeavours and the cross cultural exchange that attempted to address it.

Term 2021-2022
9 November with Sara Blokland
23 November with Aditi Jaganathan
7 December with Ariella Aïsha Azoulay
from 18:30 – 20:30

Last year’s Decolonial Futures was divided into two terms, the first term establishing the local and global historical context of Soweto, South Africa, whilst the second term was part of sonsbeek20→24’s curatorial framework of ‘labour and the sonic’.

Read more about the first sessions here.
Read more about the second sessions here.

Organisational Team

The organisational team consist of Dorine van Meel and Ibrahim Cissé (Sandberg Instituut / Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam), Simangaliso Sibiya and Phumzile Nombuso Twala (Funda Community College, Soweto), Evie Evans (Framer Framed).

Image credit: University of the Undergound

Shared Heritage / Colonial history / Art and Activism / South Africa /


Decolonial Futures: Workshop with Ariella Aïsha Azoulay
First term of the Decolonial Futures programme 2021-2022
Decolonial Futures: Workshop with Sara Blokland
First term of Decolonial Futures programme 2021-2022
Decolonial Futures 2020-2021: Second Term
Online seminar as part of the second term of Decolonial Futures
Decolonial Futures 2020-2021: First Term
Open Call for participants for the Decolonial Futures Cultural Exchange Programme 2020-2022


Aditi Jaganathan

Activist, Educator

Simangaliso Sibiya

Artist, curator and educator

Phumzile Nombuso Twala

Writer, Educator

Dorine van Meel

Artist, Writer, Educator

Ibrahim Cissé

Artist, Researcher and Educator