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a yearlong artistic and research project divided into three exhibition chapters

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NEW IN THE ARCHIVE:

DOCUMENTATION OF WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014

Programme in commemoration of the Berlin Conference

Keynote Lectures, Roundtable Discussion, Workshops, Performance, Concerts, Film Screenings

17th February & 26th February - 1st March 2015

In cooperation with ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry

The discursive programme WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014 commemorated 130 years of the Berlin Conference and proposed a space for deliberation on the repercussions of this crucial conference, offering thereby an occasion to analyse the ideological, economic, political, and humanitarian justifications that underlay colonialism and still frame the asymmetric relations between the West and the non-West today. The accompanying programme to the eponymous exhibition consisted of keynote lectures, roundtable talks, screenings and workshops with students, as well as performances and concerts. Outstanding thinkers and artists deliberated on the history of the Berlin Conference, as well as reflect on strategies of (non-) remembering.

November 2014 marked the 130th anniversary of the Berlin Conference and the official partitioning of Africa by Western (European, North American and Ottoman) colonial forces – in absence of African representatives. Against this backdrop, the exhibition WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014 recalls this determining moment in world history and its severe and ongoing repercussions, as well as it reflects upon Berlin’s historical and contemporary bond to Africa.

The exhibition and the accompanying discursive programme offered a critical knowledge sharing platform on the Berlin Conference, on past and current socio-political and economic phenomena in a Europe of flourishing nationalism and racism, as it dealt with issues like migration flow or border and identity politics.

The symposium as well as the workshops addressed the political, cultural, economical and psychological consequences of this event of systematized colonialism, which still echo in various forms in our contemporary.

PRESS REVIEW of WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014

27 FEB 2015

PANEL I | UNSILENCING (COLONIAL) HISTORIES

with Bilgin Ayata & Alessandro Triulzi

moderated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

27 FEB 2015

PANEL II | CONTESTED GEOPOLITICS – BEFORE AND AFTER THE SCRAMBLE

with Vanessa Agard-Jones, Kien Nghi Ha & Dierk Schmidt

moderated by Saskia Köbschall

27 FEB 2015

KEYNOTE LECTURE

by Manthia Diawara

Introduction by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

27 FEB 2015

PERFORMANCE | MEDIA MINERALS: A SPOKEN-WORD AND SOUND LECTURE

by Biters (Larry Achiampong & David Blandy)

Introduction by Elena Agudio

28 FEB 2015

PANEL III | L’INTRUS – ON ENACTING AND ENACTED CITIZENSHIPS

with Nana Adusei-Poku, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Peggy Piesche, Sarah Mazouz & Alessandro Triulzi

moderated by Elena Agudio

28 FEB 2015

PANEL V | HOW TO READ BETWEEN THE LINES OR A BRIEF HISTORY OF THINGS THAT ARE NOT MINE – ON COLONIALISM AND ETHNOLOGIC COLLECTIONS

with Imara Limon, Silvy Chakkalakal, Paola Ivanov, Friedrich von Bose & Renée Mussai

moderated by Anna Jäger

AUDIO will follow soon!