Panel Discussion Journeys with the initiated

Journeys with the initiated © Tiona Nekkia McClodden



Tiona Nekkia McClodden, an offering | six years | a conjecture, 2018

This panel discussion, part of the Journeys with the initiated exhibition on view at e-flux and Participant Inc, features artistic directors Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke, as well as artists Renée Green and Grada Kilomba, with moderation by the exhibition’s curator Yesomi Umolu.

The English-language publication of Hubert Fichte’s essay collection The Black City: Glosses (Sternberg Press, 2018) will be available for purchase at the event.

Taking Fichte’s text The Black State: Glosses as a starting point, Journeys with the initiated unfolds along two registers across both e-flux and Participant Inc. The first is a reading room featuring selected texts, photographs, and other documents that contextualize Fichte’s sojourn in New York and highlight his writing, as well as the work of other key thinkers that ground his perspective on ethnography and writing. The second component of the exhibition includes a selection of existing and newly commissioned works across video, sculpture, performance, and sound by artists Malik Gaines, Evan Ifekoya, Grada Kilomba, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Virginia de Medeiros that offer contemporary perspectives on themes covered in The Black City.

Journeys with the initiated is curated by Yesomi Umolu with Katja Rivera, and organized in partnership with e-flux and Participant Inc. This exhibition is part of the project Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology, initiated by Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin with the support of S. Fischer Stiftung and the S. Fischer Verlag, and led by artistic directors Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke. The project runs from 2017 to 2019 in collaboration with numerous partners in Lisbon, Salvador de Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Dakar, and New York, with the final station culminating in Berlin in 2019. Texts by and on Fichte are available on the project’s blog ( in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Wolof.