MA Official Re-Launch! August 2018!

MA Official Re-Launch! August 2018!

We’ve got some exciting news everyone! We’re re-launching Matri-Archi with a new web space! Prepare for an EXPERIENCE that transcends (many things)! As a result, we’ll only be releasing new content when we’ve re-launched. Our site is still fully accessible for recap reads and new visits. Thanks for staying engaged! and we’d be thrilled if […]

“Immigration, Immigration” Part 1 | Audacity.

“Immigration, Immigration” Part 1 | Audacity.

Writing and feature visual by Khensani de Klerk –  Today’s article is derived from an experience that the author encountered. Prelude. On lived experience as a criterion of meaning… “For most African-(American) women those individuals who have lived through the experiences about which they claim to be experts are more believable and credible than those […]

On (Im)permanence: transient architecture for housing relief in informal settlements?

On (Im)permanence: transient architecture for housing relief in informal settlements?

Written by Khensani de Klerk | Feature visual from Ode to An Architect – On matters of permanence and impermanence, many sub topics come to mind. The permanence of the overpowering dictation of modern thinking in its objective to build structures that aim to remain for as long as possible (which then gets us thinking […]

Why Black Men Have Invented Nothing

Why Black Men Have Invented Nothing

Written by Solange Mbanefo | feature visual by Anelia Loubser – If you made the wise decision to click on this article, you are probably pissed-off about the title. You are probably secretly hoping to encounter a long satisfying list of African-American scientists that have effectively invented something. You are probably preparing your next Google […]

Leaving Africa to become African(?)

Leaving Africa to become African(?)

Writing and audio by Khensani de Klerk and Solange Mbanefo  A letter exchange between friends- sisters.  The letters appear as a sequence for your reading, or as an audio in the video, below. Audio:     References Mohamoud, D. A. (2015). Reversing the Brain Drain in Africa: Harnessing the Intellectual Capital of the Diaspora for […]

Expression As Knowledge: Sustaining Cities Though Socio-Spiritual Construction

Expression As Knowledge: Sustaining Cities Though Socio-Spiritual Construction

Written by Khensani de Klerk | Feature gif by Larah Fisher – The physical city of Djenné relies implicitly on the spiritual expression and ritual of re-plastering the city by its people to armour it for another year of life. The city of Djenné is a living city, which faces the potential of death. A […]

“Space is the Place” | Afro-Futurism: an approach to spatial development

“Space is the Place” | Afro-Futurism: an approach to spatial development

Writing and visual by Khensani de Klerk  – Afro-futurism is not what we commonly (mis)perceive as the notion of “futuristic” black science fiction. It an ever-present projection of an imagination of possible futures beyond the realms of the existing world we occupy today. Afro-futurism is far from a representation of purely fictional adventures. It is […]

Contemporary African Diaspora: a networked tissue sustaining the body of African knowledge(s)

Contemporary African Diaspora: a networked tissue sustaining the body of African knowledge(s)

Writing and feature visual by Khensani de Klerk – I often smile at strangers during commutes on the bus, tram and train. It is also no misconception that Switzerland feels like an unfriendly place, and I say this with a bit of a chuckle, when thinking about the endless blank stares I’ve received in return […]

(un)collective memory: Where there is life (in between Joburg)

(un)collective memory: Where there is life (in between Joburg)

Written by Khensani de Klerk | Feature image by Anna Sango – Today’s theme is born out of an exploration of the mutual and contradicting strings that we find in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The city of gold? The dark city? The hustle city? My city? Your city? Our city. After having experienced […]

The Capacity of Critique in a Colonial Knowledge Validating Cannon

The Capacity of Critique in a Colonial Knowledge Validating Cannon

Writing and feature visual by Khensani de Klerk – Today’s theme is one that has been discussed before in a different context, and a revisit is essential for us to learn more about: validation, authorship and audacity, particularly in the realm of critique. We look to Denise Scott-Brown who remains one of the most prolific […]