FAVT makes its last stop in Kigali-RWANDA!

The touring exhibition FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time will make its last stop in Kigali Rwanda. This edition was made possible through a partnership between Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, the Goethe Institute Kigali and the host of the exhibition; Kandt House Museum representing the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda.  The exhibition will open on the 15th of November 2019 at Kandt House Museum and is Curated by Gloria Igabe (Bayreuth University). It will feature new works by Rwandan artists Crista Uwase, Chris Schwagga and Cedric Mizero, along with artworks from former FAVT editions.


FAVT goes Kampala!

We are happy to announce the next edition of our collective effort: The exhibition and discursive project FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time. The next edition will be curated by Martha Kazungu (Bayreuth + Makerere) and realized in a cooperation of Makerere Gallery, the Goethe Zentrum Kampala and the Bayreuth Academy in the Cluster of Excellence. We are looking forward to the Vernissage on the 15th of August 2019 – Save the date!


FAVT at Grassi Museum Leipzig


Fr 16.11. 19:00, GRASSI Museum Leipzig


Lecture-Performance mit dem Spoken-Word-Künstler Philipp Khabo Koepsell

Afrofuturismus beschreibt eine Ästhetik, die afrikanische und afroamerikanische Zukunftsvisionen und Science-Fiction-Themen in den Blick nimmt. Dabei spielen auch urbane Themen oder Aspekte der schwarzen Geschichte eine wichtige Rolle.

Der afrodeutsche Spoken-Word-Künstler und Dramaturg Philipp Khabo Koepsell setzt sich in dem künstlerischen Forschungsprojekt „Beyond Wagner’s Futures“ mit den kolonialen Visionen des Komponisten Richard Wagner auseinander. Die kritische und multimediale Installation wurde im Rahmen der Ausstellung „FAVT – Future Africa Visions in Time“ zunächst im Iwalewahaus Bayreuth, in späteren Editionen der “Ausstellung als Prozess” in Nairobi und Windhoek, gezeigt. Koepsell präsentiert seine futuristische Adaption einer Wagner-Arie im GRASSI in Form einer Lecture-Performance. Parallel dazu wird die multimediale Installation gezeigt.


Mit: Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Nadine Siegert















Welcome to the exhibition blog of the travelling exhibition project FAVT:
Future Africa Visions in Time.

The exhibition is currently on show at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg from
25/08 – 19/10/2017

Goethe-Institut Johannesburg (Gallery space)
119 Jan Smuts Ave
Parkwood, Johannesburg

Middle Classes in Africa

Thursday, 11 February 2016, 5-6pm, Iwalewahaus Bayreuth

This Event is based on the FAVT Exhibition collaborative project by Sam Hopkins´ and John Kamicha´s: Thika Road Mad Boys_Until Death do us part_ Wazungu Wausi (Black White Men), in which they´re exploring the emerging biking culture in Kenya´s capital Nairobi.

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The Exhibition-Activation by Florian Stoll is entitled:
Middle classes in Africa – From the social scientists and from the artists´ perspective

This tour consists of two parts which examine the topic of African middle classes from different angles:
In the first part I will briefly introduce the debate about African middle classes. Here, we will discuss the conceptual background of the middle class notion in Europe/North America and some difficulties in the application in Africa. In the second part we will discuss selected parts of the FAVT exhibition from the perspective of middle classes in Africa, with a special focus on the work of some Kenyan artists who refer to middle classes in their work (Syowia Kiambi, James Muriuki, Sam Hopkins): Which aesthetic expressions of middle classes can we find? Is there middleclassness hidden in the art works and what does it mean? Can we speak about shared characteristics of “African middle classes” or do middle classes fully depend from specific contexts? Is there one middle class or do we have to consider a variety of lifestyles?
The walk through the exhibition will be interactive by integrating participants´ experiences and should be rather a walking discussion than a guided tour.

Further information about the Exhibition:



What are the interrelations between Africa and Europe in World War I? How is Bayreuth involved, which history is told and how many different versions of history exist and how do they influence the future(s)? Ultimately, the project Remembering the Future through World War I poses existential questions about power structures, memory and alternative histories. Download the booklet here.

Booklet Faint Testimonies


Get involved with Kiluanji KiaHenda´s poetic video on Angola´s capital Luanda and its concrete manifestations, inspired by Ryszard Kapuscinski´s outstanding novelle Another Day of Life from 1976. What is being left behind? Download the booklet with reflections by Nadine Siegert here.

Booklet Concrete Affection Zopo Lady


Ever thought about the interrelations of socialist countries in Africa? Get some insights on personal experiences of Africans studying in former socialist countries, their expectations, experiences and impressions below in the booklet to the project Africans in the Soviet Union.

Booklet Africans in the Soviet Union