Under the Mango Tree – Ulterior Sites of Learning gathering

Kunsthochschule Kassel, Kassel, Germany
18 Jul 2017 - 19 Jul 2017

Image: Anton Katz

Image: Anton Katz

“To come under the shade of this mango tree with such deliberateness and to experience the fulfillment of solitude emphasize my need for communion. While I am physically alone proves that I understand the essentiality of to be with.” – Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Heart

Formal education systems are increasingly reaching their limits due to a growing multiplicity of perspectives. However informal and artist-led educational initiatives are taking root. In cooperation documenta 14‘s aneducation and ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) organise the gathering of Under the Mango Tree—Sites of Learning, which addresses and presents educational shifts. Different artistic initiatives and schools from multiple geographies, which are critically positioned outside and within the Western canon, have been invited from around the world.

With a special emphasis on both historical and contemporary accounts as well as examples from non-hierarchical models of learning, these initiatives address forms of indigenous practices of communal production and preservation of knowledge, postcolonial knowledge production, as well as the role of the artist in building a democratic society.

15 contributors will work towards new vantage points for a contemporary and broadened understanding of learning and knowledge production. The outcomes will be presented in different formats, ranging from lectures to performances and workshops. The participants of the gathering will be able to actively participate. With reference to the model of a communal garden as a place of teaching and learning, the gathering takes place at various sites in Kassel during documenta 14.

Contributing projects, initiatives and schools: Sepake Angiama (aneducation, documenta14), Óscar Andrade Castro (Ciudad Abierta), David Chirwa (Rockston Studio), Sanchayan Ghosh (Santiniketan), Rangoato Hlasane (Keleketla! Library), Sabiha Keyif, Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater (Wood Land School), Sofía Olascoaga, Alessandra Pomarico (Free Home University), Marcelo Rezende, Daniela Salgado Cofré (Ciudad Abierta), Syafiatudina (KUNCI), Jorge I. Gonzalez Santos (Escuela de Oficious), Marinella Senatore (The School of Narrative Dance), cheyanne turions (Wood Land School) and others

More information and registration here.

Under the Mango Tree is a cooperation between aneducation of documenta 14 and ifa (Institut für Auslandbeziehungen).

Supported through a partnership with ArtsEverywhere, an online platform by Musagates, which places the arts in relation to all aspects of the world around us.

For more information contact the Under the Mango Tree Coordinator and Producer Sabiha Keyif on


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