Return to Sender

HAU - Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany
06 Mar 2015 - 15 Mar 2015

Return to Sender

Artistic positions from Egypt, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Morocco, Mozambique and South Africa

We still have a long way to go in order to decolonize how we see the non-Western world. Perhaps the answer lies in repositioning Europe’s role in the world, as voiced by one of Africa’s leading intellectuals, Achille Mbembe: “Europe is no longer the gravitational centre of the world.” As a counter move to the Berlin Conference of 1884, which paved the way for the political and economic devastation of the African continent by the European powers, HAU Hebbel am Ufer has invited six artists to examine the foreign-dominated history of their home countries and the resulting consequences. Over 9 days artists such as Bouchra Ouizguen, Faustin Lynyekula, Boyzie Cekwana, Adham Hafez, Panaibra Canda and Adissu Demissie will present their work and invite an artist from their home country to take part in the festival.

With Boyzie Cekwana & Nina Støttrup Larsen, Panaibra Canda, Junaid Jemal Sendi & Adissu Demissie / Destino Dance Company, Dinozord, Ntone Edjabe, N’Goné Fall, Mehdi-George Lahlou, Adham Hafez, Kapwani Kiwanga, Faustin Linyekula, Sifiso Majola, Bouchra Ouizguen, Maria Tembe, andcompany&Co. and others.


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