Public Conversations, re:publica Accra, 2018

Repair Acts: Care, Reuse and Maintenance Cultures

Professor Teresa Dillon, invited artist Amanortey Kisseih (Accra/Vienna) to join her for a conversation hosted at re:publica, Accra on how artists are producing ‘urgent eco-critical stories’ that reimagine repair and its associated cultures.

Positioned within debates on degrowth, the conversation focused on artists who have been working with maintance, repair and waste, exploring their modes of making and aesthetics their work was contextualied within broader art and ecology conversations, including the Right to Repair movement and policies such as the UN Sustainability Goals.

This was followed by a Q+A with Amanortey Kisseih, who worked with locals and also assisted in the production of the documentary ‘Welcome to Sodom’ (2018), which traces the lives of people working and living on the eWaste site at Agbogbloshie, Accra. The conversation was also opened to the audience, who included local representatives working in eWaste, as well as a number of artists, makers and academics interested in the topic.

The event was held as part of the Arts and Culture stream re:publica, Accra, 2018, 14-15th December, 2018.