Archives – the fragile, vulnerable ones we are addressing here – are not silent per se. They do have a voice, but one that can be silenced. They do have a voice, but one whose potent airing might not be listened to. 

In this project, we collaborate with archives and organizations that engage in strategies of alternative history writing, dissent, self-organisation, and participation via practical solidarity. We are creating alliances to develop tools to strengthen strategies of speech and spaces of listening. The VULNERABLE ARCHIVES project understands vulnerability as a method, with the potential of continuous recreative sources of knowledge. 

Since 2020, the work of VULNERABLE ARCHIVES has been taking place in Germany with research partners and communities in Turkey, Italy, and France. Our project partners have aimed to build dialogues among the communities that have been silenced and denied from archival practices to shed light on the overlooked efforts and unconventional ways of storing collective memories. In September 2021, we invite you to an exhibition by Bili Bidjocka, and an INVOCATIONS programme – both highlighting the importance of artistic practices as a transformative force as the culmination of year-long dispersed events. The programme aims at enhancing archival networks and infrastructures through workshops, readings, discussions, performances, screenings and more.