a yearlong artistic and research project divided into three exhibition chapters
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NEW IN THE ARCHIVE:
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.
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
PANEL II | CONTESTED GEOPOLITICS – BEFORE AND AFTER THE SCRAMBLEwith 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
PERFORMANCE | MEDIA MINERALS: A SPOKEN-WORD AND SOUND LECTUREby 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
PANEL III | L’INTRUS – ON ENACTING AND ENACTED CITIZENSHIPS
with Nana Adusei-Poku, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Peggy Piesche, Sarah Mazouz & Alessandro Triulzimoderated by Elena Agudio