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Homeplace - A Love Letter
08.12.2023 — 24.03.2024



Architekturmuseum der TUM, Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich, Germany

»The construction of the homeplace, however fragile and tenuous, had a radical political dimension... One’s homeplace was the one site where one could freely confront the issue of humanization, where one could resist – homeplace (a site of resistance).«
- bell hooks, 1990

‘Homeplace. A Love Letter’ re-imagines and re-configures the Rotunda as a site for critical reflections on the spatiality of dwelling, sharing with-and-inviting visitors to contemplate on possible forms and commonalities a home might invoke and hold. Through an assemblage of beaded curtains, sound, and storytelling deftly navigating the waters of history, memory, and identity, the installation centers Afrodiasporic experiences to carve out imaginations of home otherwise by weaving together personal and interpersonal intricacies of belonging.

As diasporic women mediating, bridging, and blurring the boundaries between northern and southern hemispheres through daily orchestrations, in coming together, Matri-Archi(tecture) interrogates the plurality of a homeplace as a transitional place, not fixed in scale, duration or state, while honoring, celebrating and referencing African and diasporic rituals and spatial histories. 


Artist // Matri-Archi(tecture) - Abdé Batchati, Afaina de Jong, Aisha Mugo, Khensani Jurczok-de Klerk, Margarida Waco

Curator // Andres Lepik

Curatorial assistant // Anja Albrecht

Commissioner // Architekturmuseum der TUM 

Host // Pinakothek der Moderne

Support // PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V.

Catalogue Graphic Designer // Sherida Kuffour

Poster and illustrations // Jehane Yazami

Catalogue Translation // Gertrud Wittich

3D Manufacturing // Trindo Digital Manufaktur 

Assemblage // ART for ART Theaterservice

Sound Sample Composition & Production // Kalemela (Jessica Loko Mule)

Audio Mix & Mastering //

Soundscape Contributors // Ayodeji Ojo, Danielle Harris, Jonelle Twum, Kabura Ng’ang’a, Lesego Bantsheng, Lesley-Ann Brown, Raphäelle Red, Tapiwa Mmanase, Sarah Maâfi, and Afrodiaspora 2.0 (Anita Akpadjor, Halima Engler, Jennifer Nantalya, Joana Mayr, Judith Among-Okello, Melissa Mahmoud-Ahmed, Selamauit Berhane, Sisilia Akello-Okello, Vanessa Okello, Zaina Seitz). 

Editorial Contributors // Ókóli Stephen Nonso, Shahram Khosravi, Sinthujan Varatharajah, Katherine McKittrick, Lesley-Ann Brown, Warsan Shire, Huda Tayob, Raphaélle Red, Sibel Schick, Dalia Taha, bell hooks.