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Decolonizing Color: Re-membering and Re-claiming Indigo

Decolonization is a process of remembering and reclaiming. A callback to the divine. A return to who we are. 

To artist and scholar Aboubakar Fofana, indigo dyeing as practiced in West Africa, is deeply spiritual. He recognizes that by recalling the language used by the indigenous cultures that engage with indigo we can expand our consciousness of the plant and its true meaning. And through that, affirm the autonomy within our humanity. 

In conversation with Pratt associate professor and anthropological archaeologist, Uzma Rizvi, Fofana will explore the ontology of indigo and invite us to challenge western perceptions of the plant and dyestuff. Through their shared interest in decolonizing the study of human history, the artist and scholar will unpack the implications of learning in the west to interrogate what we know about the color that changed the world.

This public program is an hour with 30 minutes set aside for community Q + A.

Thursday, June 20th, 2024


6:30 pm - 8 pm ET


In person at The Design Center Gallery at Pratt Institute, located at 212 Steuben St, Brooklyn NY 11205

Online, a link will be sent to participants the week before the lecture.


Tickets for this event are sold on a sliding scale beginning at $10 with a suggested donation of $25, but if you wish to pay less or more than the suggested donation, you may select a different amount from the drop down menu. As always, we are grateful for your support, which ensures the continuation and preservation of textile knowledge. Thank you for making this series possible. 

Tatter Library is a registered 501(c)3. Our speaker series is part of our community programming and proceeds support the continued success of our talks with artists, scholars, and historians we admire. For this event, all ticket proceeds will go towards keeping this series alive. 


If you would like to apply for a scholarship spot, please email with a short letter with insight into your creative and academic journey and how you think this lecture might support your growth.


Following the live session, a recording of the talk will be made available to all registrants for a limited period of time.

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