12, 13 and 14 April, 2023 

An oasis is the potential for life in an adverse environment.

To ask Where are the Oases? also means to ask: Which spaces can be claimed as our own?  What do the times of the commons look like? What modes of resistance are needed and desired? What forms of conviviality arise if we move forward as if the society we dream of is already in place? The search for the oases also means to create spaces and practices that rise up against the processes of desertification of life on this earth. It means to forge space-times of reparation and multiply the remains of an inhabitable earth.

Faced with these issues and taking them as the starting point for this ninth edition of PEI, the seminar aims to explore diverse configurations of emancipatory space-times, intersections of decolonial practice and thought. Spaces of critical resistance in the field of art and beyond, collective agencies that constitute true oases for knowledge sharing, methodologies and political tools for the worlds we inhabit. A diversity of life stories and experiences that, together with other forms of knowledge at work to create space-times of hospitality.

The Independent Studies Programme (PEI) is a learning tool that aims to share and disseminate part of its content via the PEI Obert programme and the La Colonie nomade project, as well as through the occasional offer of places in certain academic courses.

With the support of
EU co founded logo - L'Internationale - 2023
Logos de Acción Cultural Española y del programa para la Internacionalización de laCuñtura Española
Campaign image of the seminar Where are the oases?


Campaign image of the seminar Where are the oases session 1

Achille Mbembe

Presented by Elvira Dyangani Ose
Wednesday, 12 April, 2023 

Achille Mbembe will address the concept of earthly community in relation to the forms of struggle that rise up against the legacy of colonial modernity.

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Max Jorge Hinderer, Emily Jacir and Elvira Dyangani Ose

Thursday, 13 April, 2023 

Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz will pose issues around the impossibility of decolonising Europe. Elvira Dyangani Ose will examine notions of togetherness embodied by the social imaginary of revolutionary anticolonial movements and the subjectivities their international comradeship brings to light.

Campaign image of the seminar Where are the oases session 3

Kader Attia, Sarah Nuttall and Françoise Vergès

Friday, 14 April, 2023 

Kader Attia will delve into the concept of collective individuation. Sara Nuttall will explore the sensory and political agency of water in the literary archives of southern Africa. And Françoise Vergès will invite us to follow a speculative fiction to the future and look back on how we have faced that which is irreparable and moved forward in imagining new ways of inhabiting the planet.

  • The activity is held in the MACBA Meier Auditorium in English.
  • You can also follow it live on the museum’s website and YouTube channel.
  • Registration for individual sessions can only be done at the museum, before the start of the activity, and is subject to the availability of spaces.

If you have any question, feel free to contact us on 93 481 79 05 or by email at pei [at] macba [dot] cat.