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In Cooperation with Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa): Symposium 'Where We Meet: Cultural Translation and Art in Social Transformation', 5-6 June 2012, Werkstatt der Kulturen

The last years have seen the establishment of an ever-growing transnational network of African artists and curators, who proactively founded and run art spaces in their home towns. The symposium sheds a light on the role of these initiatives with regard to their influence on social transformations as well as the challenges of cultural translation processes that the actors encounter.

Location: Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin
In English 
Free and open to the public

Tuesday, 5th of June 2012, 6:00 pm  
Theme: Cultural Translation

Address of Welcome by Elke aus dem Moore - Head of the Visual Arts Department of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Stuttgart      

Chaired by Onur Suzan KömürcüNobrega – Lecturer and Ph.D. Candidate, Goldsmiths, University of London


  • NtoneEdjabe - Founder and Editor of Chimurenga, Douala and Cape Town
  • Koyo Kouoh – Gründerin und künstlerischeLeiterin von / Founder and Artistic Director of RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, Dakar
  • Nana Oforiatta-Ayim – Writer, Film Maker, Cultural Historian, London and Accra
  • Lizza May David - Artist and Co-founder of Global Alien, Berlin
  • KemangWaLehulere - Artist and Co-founder of Gugulective (2006) and the Center for Historical Reenactements (CHR), Johannesburg

8:00 pmLecture with Françoise Vergès Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley; Political scientist and Consultant at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London

Wednesday, 6th of June 2012, 6:30 pm  
Theme: Art in Social Transformation 

Chaired by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet – Ph.D. Film Scholar, Writer and Curator


  • Bisi Silva - Founder and Artistic Director of the Center for Contemporary Art Lagos
  • Patrick Mudekereza - Founder and Artistic Director of Picha ASBL, Lubumbashi
  • Gió Di Sera - Co-founder of Streetunivercity, Berlin 
  • Didier Schaub – Co-founder and Artistic Director of Doual’art, Douala

Party with DJ NtoneEdjabe - venue tba

This symposium will take place in the context of prêt-à-partager – Art Fashion Sports being exhibited at the ifa gallery Berlin – 26.4.-8.7.2012


For further information please check wherewemeet.tumblr.com 

Conceptualised and curated by:
Elkeausdem Moore, AïchaDiallo, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins
Project Management: Sabina Husičić
PR: AïchaDiallo

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