Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation

From January to december 2023

In The Wake

Research group in residence 

In the Wake is a laboratory of experimentation; a research group in residence led by Esther Mayoko and Oumoukala Sow.

If a slave ship is materiality and a metaphor for anti-negritude, what does it mean to stand “En la Estela/In the Wake”? To be in the wake is to produce, to share, to create, to resist on behalf of the African diaspora from a place that is not that of the self, nor that of the “other”.

Creating and producing from “the wake” is one way we can produce a decentering of the sedimented ways in which black bodies have been thought about. To be “in the wake”, to experience from the wake, is to make black life, black existence, possible.