Exhibitions Amani. On the trail of a colonial reseach station

“German girls in a native village with their teacher. The Wanyakusa Woman proudly shows off her children”: German East Africa / Photo c. 1941 (formerly German colony, now Tanzania)
“German girls in a native village with their teacher. The Wanyakusa Woman proudly shows off her children”: German East Africa / Photo c. 1941 (formerly German colony, now Tanzania) | Photo (detail) From: Helmut and Erna Blenck, Africa in colour. Arranged by Reichskolonialbund, Munich (publishing house Fichte-Verlag) 1941 © picture alliance / akg-images
  • 19. September 2019 — 31. December 2020

  • Postcolonial world order, Colonial legacy, Culture of memory, Postcolonial development cooperation, Postcolonial art production, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

It was considered the pearl of science during German colonial rule: the Amani Biological-Agricultural Research Centre in Tanzania. Ethnologists and artists are exploring the flagship-project of applied scientific research, founded in 1904, culminating in joint exhibitions in Hamburg and Dar es Salaam.


The Amani Biological-Agricultural Research Centre , founded in 1904, was a German flagship-project of applied scientific research in the Tanzanian Usambara highlands. Here – first European and later Tanzanian scientists – conducted research in agriculture and forestry, tropical diseases as well as flora and fauna of the rainforest. Today the former research station houses the Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research.

The exhibition deals with the ambivalent remains of scientific research during German colonial rule, the pearl of which Amani was or should have been. Ethnologists and artists follow the traces of the station - on site, in the lives of those who worked there and in Hamburg collections - and document the often surprising presence of colonial and post-colonial stories.

Exhibition dates and venues:

19th September 2019 to 19th April 2020
MARKK-Museum Hamburg / Germany
(MUSEUM AM ROTHENBAUM – Cultures and Arts of the World)

3rd quarter 2020
National Museum of Tanzania Daressalaam / Tanzania


Organizers: Dr. Peter Mangesho (Director of Amani Research Station, National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania); Flower Manase (Curator, National Museum of Tanzania); Artists: Evgenia Arbugaeva (Russia), Rehema Chachage (Tanzania), Syowia Kyambi (Kenya), Mariele Neudecker (Great Britain); Prof. Dr. Wenzel Geissler (guest curator, biologist and social anthropologist, University of Oslo)

Contact person at the Goethe-Institut: Frank Werner, Director, Goethe-Institut Dar es Salaam
 

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