We want to invite you to our project BISMARCK DEKOLONIAL/LAB=FORUM (in english language only) which will take place
on April 16th at 6pm (German time) via Livestream on Facebook (you can join even if you don't have Facebook).
BISMARCK-DEKOLONIAL is an activist-performative utopia with artists from Yaoundé, Lomé, Windhoek, Kigali, Dar es Salaam and Hamburg.
We are an international team and aim to critically approach the Bismarck monument in St. Pauli in Hamburg, to create an artistic counter-project of decolonization.
The Bismarck statue in Hamburg is being restored from 2020 till 2022 for around nine million euros.
What is needed here is a collective and decolonizing dissenting voice that initiates a critical discussion.
This once again confronts us with the question of how we, as a society, deal with the colonial history of Germany.
Otto von Bismarck, as one of the key figures in the colonization of Africa,
still stands, (uncommented) without reference to his colonial past, as a colossus in the middle of Hamburg.
Therefore, the focus of BISMARCK-DEKOLONIAL is on the artistic narratives of people from the former German African colonies.
This enables a necessary change of perspective, as this is a very important way to start a decolonizing process. The central questions are:
What do they have to say when they come from the former German colonies and see this huge monument?
What forms of artistic actions can decolonize Bismarck?
Date: April 16th
Time: 6 pm (German time)
In this LAB=FORUM the artists will present their ideas, and have a discussion about the topic.
As curator of the project I have invited following artists:
Isack Peter Abeneko from Tanzania (Dancer, Performer, Choreographer, Musiker)
Vitjtiua Ndjiharine from Namibia (Visual artist)
Stone from Cameroon (Performer)
Dolph Banza from Rwanda (Visual artist)
Moussa Issiaka from Togo (Dancer, Performer, Choreographer)
Fabian Villasana aka Dr. Calavera from Mexico (Visual artist)
Moderation: Zainab X
We look forward to your participation!
The LIVE=FORUM BISMARCK-DEKOLONIAL will follow in the summer of 2021, when the artistic contributions will be presented live around the Bismarck monument.
Yolanda Gutiérrez and Team: Anna Sophie Felser (Dramaturgy), Lucia Lilen Heffner (Assistance Management), Sarah Lasaki (Artistic Assistance),
Dr. Calavera (Technical Support/Graphik Design), Igor Sherba (Foto documentation)
Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg.