Raphaël Grisey & Bouba Tourécontributes to
Sowing Somankidi Coura – a Generative Archive,
Crossing Voices – Xaraasi Xanne (work in progress),
Crossing Voices – Xaraasi Xanne (work in progress)
Raphaël Grisey was born in Paris in 1979 and lives and works in Berlin and Trondheim. He uses video, editorial and photographic works to gather or produce narratives about the politics of memory, migration and architecture. The book Where is Rosa L. (2001-2006) and the film National Motives (2011) study the ghosts of various political regimes in the public spaces of Berlin and Budapest. In various documentary, fictional or essay forms, Grisey’s films and installations deal with contemporary social and political issues such as migration and post-colonialism in France (Trappes, Ville Nouvelle, 2003; Cooperative, 2008 and Sowing Somankidi Coura, A Generative Archive 2015, in collaboration with Bouba Touré). He worked with Florence Lazar on the films Prvi Deo and Red Star (2006), which deal with the former Yugoslavia since the war. Recent film projects have been made in France amid students’ strikes (The Indians, 2011), in China with peasant workers, on the legacy of the Cultural Revolution (The Exchange of Perspectives, 2011), in the modernist social housing complex of Pedregulho in Brazil (Minhocão, 2011), in the Brazilian Positivist Church in Rio de Janeiro (Amor e Progresso, 2014) and with marooned quilombola communities in Minas Gerais (Remanescentes : A Mina dos Vagalumes, 2015). Grisey collaborated with the Dakar-based Theatre of the Oppressed Company Kaddu Yaraax and Bouba Touré for the production of two new films (Traana, 2017 and Xeex Bi Du Jeex/ A Luta Continua in post-production 2018), which deal with the history of the migrant workers movement, farmers struggles, politics of cultivation, agriculture and transmission.
Bouba Touré lives and works in Paris, France and Somankidi Coura, Mali. Touré was a migrant worker when he arrived in France in 1965. He began working as a projectionist in 1969, and later became a photographer. Since the 1970s, he has been documenting the lives and struggles of migrant workers’ movements, as well as the foundation of the agricultural cooperative Somankidi Coura in Mali. For the last 10 years, this working photographic archive has been complemented by video productions.
In 1977, Touré founded the agricultural cooperative Somankidi Coura on the Senegal River in Mali, along with 14 other former activist migrant workers who decided to come up with an alternative way of thinking that involved subsistence agriculture instead of massive rural exodus to cities or to Europe. He has collaborated with the artist Raphaël Grisey on the projects Cooperative (2008) and Sowing Somankidi Coura (2015–). In 2015, he published the book Notre case est à Saint Denis (Our house is in Saint Denis). Touré has exhibited works and given talks in France, the UK and Germany.