Identities

Lüderitz in Namibia, formerly Deutsch-Südwestafrika, founded 1883 at the Lüderitzbucht in the South Atlantic, named after the Bremen merchant Adolf Lüderitz, entered in the annals as "Meilenschwel". Photo (detail): Mörchel-Hartmann © picture alliance/akg-images
Questioning the norm

Under fire: the concept of landscape

The corresponding relationship between landscape and identity requires a critical reconsideration of the traditional landscape genre in art and photography. The Namibian artist Nicola Brandt pleads for a more balanced interrogation of the concept of landscape.

The iris "Moraea Vuvuzela" was recently discovered as a new plant species in South Africa. The flower's name was dedicated to the first Football World Cup on the African continent. Photo (detail): John Manning © picture alliance /dpa
Decolonising museums

Black gardening shows the way

Molemo Moiloa believes that just as gardening, a former act of colonial coercion, takes on a new quality in the townships of Johannesburg, the decolonisation of museums could also succeed.

US First Lady Melania Trump, alongside Maureen Masi, Head Teacher of Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe, Malawi, observes children learning the English and Chichewa languages Photo (detail): Andrea Hanks UPI Photo © picture alliance/Newscom
Linguistic decolonisation

African languages still disadvantaged

Unfortunately not many African countries can talk of having a national language. The Namibian lawyer Christian Harris on the need to rethink Africa's policies and attitudes towards indigenous languages.

Performance by the artist Jelili Atiku 2018 at the exhibition "Ex Africa" in Sao Paulo Photo (detail): Dario Oliveira © picture alliance/ZUMA Press
The Construction of Otherness

“Racism Is Still Deeply Ingrained In Brazil”

What influence did travel journals written by European naturalists in the 19th century have on the development of racist stereotypes? An interview with Brazilian anthropologist Renato da Silveira.

Music festival "Carnaval de gongo de Roda D'Agua" in the north of Brazil, which originated 100 years ago in the culture of slaves. Photo (detail): Diego Herculano © picture alliance
The African Cultural Heritage in Brazil

Neglected by the education system

Young black people and people of African origin are still subjected to police violence. The country’s education system continues to pursue ethnocentric patterns.

Picture wallpaper with Brazilian landscape from Jean-Jacques Deltil from a motif by Johann Moritz Rugendas Photo (detail): akg-images © picture alliance
Colonial art

South of the European “Brasilianas”

How can artists in the Global South contribute to the process of retracing the path towards a fading and sometimes seemingly forgotten past, thereby articulating and redefining the region’s cultural, political, social and economic vision?

A woman enters a public bus "Matatu" as the country prepares for the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, in Kenya's capital Nairobi on July 24, 2015. Obama visited his father's homeland and raised a lot of hope and excitement on the continent. Photo (detail): Noor Khamis © picture alliance / REUTERS
Crossed Lines

The Fluidity of Postcolonial Nairobi

Nairobi represents both continuities with and breaks from colonialism. It is important to bear this point in mind given that Nairobi is a complex density, in spatial terms. 

Video with Rachel Nyangombe and Bebson de la Rue. Video still: Chris Shongo
Postcolonial Music

The silence after the beat

How do raves and colonialism fit together? The artist Henrike Naumann playfully reversed colonial practices using the example of Belgian “New Beat,” an early version of European Techno.

Afrofuturism in film: A scene out of Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther Photo (detail): © picture alliance/AP Photo
Afrofuturism

More than black science fiction

Futuristic worlds are often shaped by Western visions of humankind’s destiny. Afrofuturism offers an alternative that emphasizes how entrenched mainstream science fiction genre has become. This African-inspired vision is gathering ground in film, literature and music, and is about so much more than just launching Black protagonists into space.

Moloch: Kongo River Photo (detail): epa Bothma © picture alliance
The Congo Myth

River in the belly - between fiction and reality: A performance that unites

Political challenges, monsoon-like rain, lack of infrastructure and a text in three languages: The cast in “River in the Belly” had to show the highest level of commitment. The Congolese journalist Missy Bangala was involved in the exciting theatre production in Kinshasa and wrote this poetic report following its premiere in March 2019.

Projects on the subject identities