known knowns and known unknowns
- Aylwyn Walsh
riffing off of Donald Rumsfeld
questions that arise on watching Helle Stenum's documentary film We Carry it Through Us:
Audience responses touch on whose pain is represented, and to what audience.
In answer to how contested histories may be understood by the oppressor, the Archivist answers: ‘it depends what you ask of the material’.
The film explores pedagogies in a complex juxtaposition of forms:
the oral history in song form juxtaposed with the video game ‘slave trade’ (tetris).
the ongoing admission that there is so much omission in history textbooks despite documentation existing in archives.
Virtual online games that enable young people to enact colonial trade.
What kind of pedagogies can attend to the known knowns of trans-atlantic memories and the known unknowns perhaps redolent beyond fixed archives?