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WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014. In Commemoration of the Berlin Conference, part II


InfoKuLe Theater | Auguststraße 10 | 10117 Berlin, SAVVY Contemporary | Richardstraße 20 | 12043 Berlin


The discursive programme WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014 commemorates 130 years of the Berlin Conference and proposes 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 will consist of keynote lectures, roundtable talks, screenings and workshops with students, as well as performances and concerts. Outstanding thinkers and artists will deliberate 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 offer 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 deals with issues like migration flow or border and identity politics.

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

Manthia Diawara

Nana Adusei-Poku, Vanessa Agard-Jones, Iman Attia, Kader Attia, Bilgin Ayata, Bili Bidjocka, Friedrich von Bose, Silvy Chakkalakal, Imara Limon, Sarah Mazouz, Renée Mussai, Kien Nghi Ha, Peggy Piesche, Anupama Rao, Dierk Schmidt, Alessandro Triulzi, Francoise Vergès

Larry Achiampong, David Blandy, Qudus Onikeku, Ahmed Soura, Charles Sammons, Kelvin Sholar, Eric Vaughn

Adam Bahar, Saraya Gomis, Jamie Schearer

Filipa César, Theo Eshetu, Bodil Furu, FOKN Bois, Dagmawi Yimer

More details on our website savvy-contemporary.com and on facebook.
Concept: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung with Elena Agudio, Anna Jäger, Saskia Köbschall
A Project by SAVVY Contemporary in Cooperation with ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry.
With kind support by Bündeszentrale für politische Bildung.
Media Partner: Contemporary And

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