The Burden of Memory

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100 Artists from 6 African Countries presented different views on German colonial past: “The Burden of Memory” in Yaounde from 9 to 16 November 2019. The Burden of Memory: Considering German Colonial History in Africa “Memory obviously rejects amnesia…” (Soyinka 1999)

Confronting colonial past – a painful task known to most of the countries on the African continent. Today’s societies are discussing their past in many different ways and forms. Yet, a platform is missing, on which artists, intellectuals and scientists can exchange and come together. The German cultural instute Goethe-Institut launches a first attempt to create a platform like this: the multidisciplinary project „The Burden of Memory - Considering German Colonial History in Africa“ will see over 100 artists and cultural actors from seven countries coming together in Yaounde, presenting their works and reflecting on different perspectives on the impact of German colonialism in Africa.