Giving Contours to Shadows

Edited by Marius Babias, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Elena Agudio, Storm Janse van Rensburg

"Giving Contours to Shadows" is a research and exhibition project which takes its cue from the Glissantian concept that history, a "functional fantasy of the West", cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project looks at ways, by which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their own epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives to established narratives. The exhibitions, performances and discussions took place in 2014 at n.b.k, SAVVY Contemporary, Gorki Theater and Gemäldegalerie. The project and publication will uncover, discover and recover narratives, memories, knowledge and other histories in the form of a thematic reader comprising a collection of essays and critical texts, as well as image and text material about the participating artists, and will essentially cover the sections Performing and Embodying History, Wandering through History, Sequestrating History, Pre-Writing History.

With texts by Elena Agudio, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Premesh Lalu, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Simon Njami, Tavia Nyong'o, Sarah Rifky, and Greg Tate

166 pages, with color illustrations, soft cover, German/English, 19.80 Euro / 15.00 Euro (members), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2015, ISBN 978-3-86335-591-3

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Every exhibition at SAVVY Contemporary is accompanied by a publication with contributions of curators, scientists, art historians and artists.
The catalogues are published in a limited edition of 100 pieces and can be acquired at the art space in Berlin-Neukölln or by sending an email to
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There is no Wind on the Moon, Berlin 08/2012, 37 pages (6).jpg
Positioning Osmotic Impulses, Berlin 07/2012, 45 pages (1).jpg 05_24_08.jpg
How to tame ghosts, Berlin 06/2012, 42 pages 02_31_57.jpg
PACKET-SOUP, Berlin 05/2012, 62 pages (2).jpg
Untiteled (Absence), Berlin 4/2012, 48 pages (1).jpg
The Universe is Built on a Plan..., Berlin 1/2012, 48 pages
GhostBusters I, Berlin 9/2011, 62 pages
Nomadic Settlers - Settled Nomads, Berlin 7/2011, 95 pages (1).jpg (1).jpg
May Ayim project, Berlin 6/2011, 48 pages (1).jpg
Beyond Football: Shifting Interests and Identity, Berlin 5/2011, 58 pages (1).jpg
Here and Now ...Amnesia, Berlin 5/2011, 58 pages (2).jpg
A twist in the ta(i)l(e), Berlin 3/2011, 52 pages (2).jpg (3)_v2.jpg
Looks Familiar, Berlin 1/2011, 32 pages (3)_v3.jpg (4).jpg
Perspectives on In/Outside, Berlin 12/2010, 50 pages (1).jpg
IdEntity, Berlin 11/2010, 42 pages (1).jpg
RPLCMNT, Berlin 8/2010, 42 pages (2).jpg
Stardust in a Nutshell, Berlin 6/2010, 48 pages (4).jpg (1).jpg
Bouche à Oreille, Berlin 4/2010, 52 pages (2).jpg (2).jpg
Understatement Hyperbole, Berlin 2/2010, 30 pages, English (3).jpg (8).jpg
Arctic Heat, Berlin 1/2010 (4).jpg