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.
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.
The Invisible Color of (V)Si(o)lence – Analogue Differences and Future Presences ‘n the Image is the third line of this project’s title. The collages are problematizing different strings of queerness that overlap, intersect and assemblage. The photos narrate stories that make an other normality sound. They are about the normality of queerness and blackness. They are about ‘being-Muslim’ as culturalized ‘race’ and about ‘being not-Muslim’ and about African (Diasporic) gazes. The images are about all the things in-between where meaning always lingers and then vanishes away into its other sublime physical states in specific times, mo(ve)ments and about what all that means: a range of entirely different possibilities, living next to each other, raising out from each other. The photographs invite us to look at doors in the background. Doors which can be understood as spaces that one has left behind or wants to enter. Doors that can be regarded as visas and borderlines into (one)other(s) wor(l)ds, doors that one has left behind or about to open or long ago has been excluded from entering. And yet, they seem to suggest that there is an other world over there that cannot be touched by our gazes, by the world, from this site of the image. The Photo-graphs silently also depict ‘religion’ as item, fetish and geopoliticized ‘culture’ and the possibilities of understanding. They are about spaces, gazes, about capabilities and matterings that linger in the future that we cannot know.
The photos graph from this future, gazing here at us, reminding us of what here is – a whole range of miss-possibilites that cry out for a materialized ethical turn, in the face of borders, wrongs and violence to which we are compliant, that we must reframe in order to get there. In a way these photos are archives of heterotopias of human imagination and how it (may) materialize(s) – hopefully.
Ulf Vierke is the director of Iwalewahaus, museum for contemporary African arts and the African Studies Center of the University of Bayreuth. Furthermore is the head of DEVA, the digial research archive of the African Studies in Bayreuth. Additionally he acts as Principal Investigator at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS). Together with Ute Fendler and Nadine Siegert he is a leading researcher at “Revolution 3.0”, one of the subprojects of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies. In his curatorial practice he focuses on photography and contemporary media arts, mostly in the Eastern African and lusophone context.
Mariam Popal’s academic fields are ENGLISH & POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES. She received her PhD in Middle East Studies with summa cum laude with a work on the meanings of Law/Sharia from the perspectives of Feminist Postcolonial Theories and Comparative Law at the University of Hamburg/Germany. She is working on her second theses in English about the concept of ‘touching’ and the works of Paul Auster and Zadie Smith at the Department of English & American Studies/University of Bayreuth. Currently she is researcher at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies. Her further work is a book on the Legacy of Malcolm X and the Notions of Diaspora, Nation and Language, and an anthology on the ideas and trajectories of Stuart Hall for current political, literary and film theory.
She additionally has initiated three further projects that she now is co-editing: an anthology on Afghan Nation and Narration (with Abbas Poya, University of Zurich/ FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg & Anders Widmark, University of Uppsala), a miscellany on Postcolonial Ethics (with Susan Arndt, Bayreuth University & Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto) and (with Susan Arndt/Bayreuth University) an Interview compilation and film pastiche with summer guests of the Academy regarding the idea and praxis of concepts. She is also co-editing a book on Anti-Muslim Racism and Neo-Orientalisms with Iman Attia/Alice Salomon University, Berlin.
Her research foci are:
(Feminist) De-/Postcolonial Studies, Ethics, (Postcolonial) Shakespeare Studies, Literary Theory, Affect Theories, especially humor, Modern English/American Literatures, Modernism, Virginia Wolff, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, The Harlem Renaissance, Toni Morrison, American Short Stories, Film Theory & Photography, Critical Race Studies and Representation Theory, Critical Inter-artity Studies within different critical movements, Diaspora Studies, images of Afghanistan in English Literatures and Modern Afghan Literatures & Cultural Studies, anti-Muslim racism, Neo-Orientalisms, Postcolonial New Materialism(s).
Some of her publications include:
• Postcolonial (Theory in/and) Europe? – Flows and Flinders, in: Susan Arndt/Nadja Ofutey-Alazard (Eds.), Afrofictional In[ter]ventions – Revisiting the BIGSAS Festival of African and African-Diasporic Literatures, Bayreuth 2011-13, Münster: edition assemblage 2014, pp. 67-74.
• ‚Gender‘. Myths – Masks – Subjectpositions – and beyond [‚Gender‘. Mythen – Masken – Subjektpositionen – und beyond], in: Freiburger Geschlechterstudien, Ausgabe 25/2011, S. 47-64.
• Heine and the Orient? – Between Subjectivity and Othering or How the Other came to Germany – saw and – ? [Heine und der Orient ? – Zwischen Subjektivität und Veranderung oder Wie das Andere nach Deutschland kam – sah – und ?], in: Lawrence I. Conrad/Benjamin Jokisch/Ulrich Rebstock (eds.), Fremde, Feinde und Kurioses. Innen- und Außenansichten unseres muslimischen Nachbarn. Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Gernot Rotter, de Gruyter 2009, S. 67-114.
• Head Scarf Hip Hop – Bodies Narrating (Other) Stories [Kopftücher HipHop – Körper sprechen schweigend (andere) Geschichten], in: Kien Nghi Ha, Nicola Lauré al-Samarai, Sheila Myrosekar (eds.), Re/visionen – Postkoloniale Perspektiven von People auf Color auf Rassismus, Kulturpolitik und auf Widerstand in Deutschland,
Unrast Verlag 2007, S. 87-109.
Sharia as Religious Law – a Construct? Reflections on the Analysis of Islamic Law based on Methods of Comparative Law and from a Post-Colonial Perspective [Die Scharia, das religiöse Recht – ein Konstrukt? Überlegungen zur Analyse des islamischen Rechts anhand rechtsvergleichender Methoden und aus Sicht post-kolonialer Kritik] Peter Lang 2006.
Nadine Siegert is the Deputy Director of Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth. She studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Mainz,
where she worked in the African Music Archive until 2008. In 2012, she finished her PhD thesis on Angolan Contemporary Art Production. Since 2007, she curated exhibitions such as Nástio Mosquito – Dzzzz (Bayreuth 2008), António Ole – Hidden Pages (Bayreuth 2009), Contrary Alignment (Nairobi 2009), Portraits of a Slippery Look (Nairobi 2010), GhostBusters I and II (Berlin 2010/2013), and Mash Up (Bayreuth 2015).
She is an Associated Project Leader of sub-project 5, Revolution 3.0 and forms part of the curatorial team of the upcoming exhibition, Future
Africa – Visions in Time.
Katharina Fink works as researcher, writer and cultural organizer. She holds a Magister in Cultural Studies from University of Thübingen and a PhD from BIGSAS, University of Bayreuth. She is and has been engaged in various projects ranging from all cultural areas to research and teaching. Her particular interest is to combine theoretical and practical aspects of aesthetics with societal issues: What can ‘beautiful’ mean? She’s also facilitating the literary estate of late South African author, Bloke Modisane.
Currently she holds the position of a Post-Doc-researcher at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, where she is part of the sub-project TP 5, Revolution 3.0. She not only was essential in developing a new method, used in this sub-project, called the Icon Lab, but also forms part of the curatorial and organisational team for the upcoming exhibition, Future Africa – Visions in Time. Keeping in touch with her second home university, she’s affiliated researcher at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Johannesburg.
Abdi Osman is a Somali-Canadian multidisplinary artist whose work focuses on questions of black masculinity as it intersects with Muslim and queer identities. Osman’s video and photography work has been shown in Canada and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. He holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, and B.A. in African Studies from the University of Toronto. Previous work has been supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council. His photographs are also in private collections and the Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. Some of his work was in the year-long group show DiaporaArt: Strategy and Seduction by Canadian Artists from Culturally Diverse Communities at Rideau Hall. Abdi was a 2010 artist-in-resident at the McColl Centre for Visual Arts in Charlotte North Carolina. Most recently in 2012, he was a fellow at The Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity (ICCC) at the University of Saskatchewan.
We are happy to announce this year’s City Writer in Bayreuth: Moses Serubiri. In May and June, Moses Serubiri will write about Bayreuth, about life in Bayreuth – and bring new perspectives, new stories, unheard fictions, necessary comments. We are looking forward!
Moses Serubiri is an independent art writer, researcher, and curator. His interests lie in coloniality, language, and politics of urban space. He is published in magazines such as Chimurenga (South Africa), Kulturaustausch (Germany), and C& – Contemporary And (Germany). He holds a Higher Diploma in Software Engineering (2013), and graduated from the 5th CCA Lagos International Art School in Dakar, Senegal. His research and curatorial projects include ‘Life mu City’ (2014), a research project on urban language, currently in it’s 3rd volume, at the Goethe Zentrum Kampala; the biennial contemporary art festival, KLA ART – UNMAPPED (2014) looking at sociological studies on urban mapping and social classification in Ugandan cities; as a research intern for C& – Contemporary And, he explored African contemporary art on the international art scene. He is the second international city writer in Bayreuth, after Dr Tom Odhiambo’s stay in 2014. More
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