Trümmerberg Kilimanjaro – Artistic Reconsiderations on Decolonizing Archives in Tempelhof-Schöneberg
at DISTRICT and at other locations, Berlin, Germany 08 Sep 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat, Squat Monument, 2016.
TRÜMMERBERG KILIMANJARO assembles a performative archive that interweaves the urban traces of German colonialism and how it is expressed culturally and economically, as well as the migration context of Berlin’s Tempelhof-Schöneberg district. In the exhibition at DISTRICT and the mobile (hi)story-kiosk, which takes place at specific locations in the neighborhood, these traces encounter the voices and stories of protagonists of the anti-colonial resistance movement in Namibia and Germany.
TRÜMMERBERG KILIMANJARO brings together the results of the artistic research project Squat Monument for the first time. Developed by the artists in 2015, the project initiated new forms of commemorative culture in order to question official historical narratives. Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat conceive of the Trümmerberg Marienhöhe in Tempelhof as a cultural encyclopedia of buried knowledge, while the metaphorical landscape of the mountain of Kilimanjaro – which was a symbol of German colonial power particularly during the first half of the twentieth century – is squatted and re-appropriated through this knowledge. Squatting the monument means the activation of archives through alternative perspectives and untold narratives: when archives transform themselves and poetic gestures demand radical space.
TRÜMMERBERG KILIMANJARO is part of UNDISCIPLINARY LEARNING – Remapping The Aesthetics of Resistance curated by Janine Halka, Suza Husse and Julia Lazarus. Undisciplinary Learning takes the novel The Aesthetic of Resistance by Peter Weiss (1916-1982) as an impetus to question current knowledge politics at the intersection of artistic, political, and pedagogical practices. Education will be explored in the exhibition, urban interventions, encounters, and conversations as a mode of political imagination that recognizes heterogeneous forms of knowledge and integrates the body, the city, relationships, and the environment as places of learning.
Exhibition: Undisciplinary Learning : The Aesthetics of Resistance at District Berlin and other location in the city from 8. September – 19. November 2016.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 14-18h
Opening: Thursday, 8. September, 18h
19 h Artist Talk
1. Oktober: Kiosk Culture Decolonial Archives Tour
13 – 19 h, Performative archive at different locations
13h: Sarotti Café, Mehringdamm 57
15:30 h: Tempelhofer Feld Entrance S-Bahn Tempelhof
18 h: District Berlin