“Looking Past” suggests a complexity of perspectival positions or a multiplicity of layers that endow photographs with a great complexity. The photograph ceases to be a univocal, flat, and incontestable indexical trace of what was, and becomes instead a multi-layered artifact concealing many different standpoints, both spatial and temporal in respect to it (Pinney, 2003: 4-5). Building from his research eBhish’ articulations of black oceanic presence eThekwini, which unpacks amphibious histories and liquid archives, and documents intimate, humanising moments of black social life. Nyawose will research expressions of black social life in public pools and lakes across Berlin – through a mostly collaborative approach of public interventions, interviews, photographic and video graphic inquiries. The anthropologist Christopher Pinney’s concept foregrounds his research approach to depict the nuances and finer utterances. The research does not seek to merely rest on tropes of representation, but speculates and fabulates on multiple histories that shape public space. The output will either be a catalog, a zine or exhibition.
The mentor of this residency is Julien Enzanza.