Ayesha Hameed and guests / Radio Brown Atlantis

31 aug 30 oct 2022

Ayesha Hameed with Christopher Cozier, Keyna Eleison, Natasha Ginwala, Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, Manuela Moscoso, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Pablo José Ramirez, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Sancintya Mohini Simpson and Khal Torabully.

Bonniers Konsthall is pleased to present Radio Brown Atlantis in the autumn of 2022: a radio show in the shape of an exhibition. Radio Brown Atlantis is a radio show that is broadcast on Movement Radio in Athens and Radio alHara in Bethlehem and explores entanglements between Brown and Black peoples from the African diaspora and South Asia, displaced through enslavement and indenture, and connected through experiences of oceanic colonial routes. Using storytelling, music and poetry, Radio Brown Atlantis reimagines their stories and histories underwater, through the image of an Atlantis at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, and the subaquatic ecologies and life forms surrounding them below. 

Radio Brown Atlantis the exhibition is a collaboration between the host, Ayesha Hameed with guests from the first season who together translate the episodes into the space of Bonniers Konsthall knowing that the space of a Brown Atlantis is cartographically unmappable and that the sonics of a radio show cannot be fully made visible.

Main image: Ranjit Kandalgaonkar, Planning Sketch (detail), Radio Brown Atlantis


Ayesha Hameed (London, UK) explores the legacies of indentureship and slavery through the figures of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Her Afrofuturist approach combines performance, sound essays, videos, and lectures. Hameed examines the mnemonic power of these media – their capacity to transform the body into a body that remembers. The motifs of water, borders, and displacement, recurrent in her work, offer a reflection on migration stories and materialities, and, more broadly, on the relations between human beings and what they imagine as nature.

Recent exhibitions include Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (2022), Liverpool Biennale (2021), Gothenburg Biennale (2019, 21), Lubumbashi Biennale (2019) and Dakar Biennale (2018). She is co-editor of Futures and Fictions (Repeater 2017) and co-author of Visual Cultures as Time Travel (Sternberg/MIT 2021). She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London and a Kone Foundation Research Fellow in the Arts at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.