Culture of Memory The Burden of Memory

German cemetery from the colonial period in Cameroon
German cemetery from the colonial period in Cameroon | Photo (detail): Matthias Graben © picture alliance / imageBROKER
  • 01. March 2018 — 31. December 2020

  • Colonial legacy, Culture of memory, Postcolonial art production, Decolonisation, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Yaoundé (Cameroon); Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); Windhoek (Namibia)

In a multidisciplinary cultural week entitled "The Burden of Memory - Considering German Colonial History in Africa", 100 artists from nine nations show how they deal with the colonial past in their countries. The basis for this was an inventory of the cultural perspectives in Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Togo and Germany.

Experts from the six African countries with a German colonial past and from Germany had previously examined contemporary cultural productions in their own countries that deal with questions of colonial history, the effects of colonialism on contemporary society or national identity. What formats are there? Who are the actors of the cultural scenes? How is the discourse conducted?

Based on the work of the seven experts the brochure German Colonial History in Africa - Artistic and cultural perspectives was produced. Based on this inventory, three curators are putting together a multi-format, multidisciplinary cultural week that is thematically linked to the artists' engagement with the colonial past in their countries. The meeting of the various cultural actors and the presentation of their works will give rise to new project ideas during the week, which can be submitted and implemented in 2020 through a separate project fund.

Inventory: Vicensia Shule (Tanzania), Kokou Azamede (Togo), Freddy Sabimbona (Burundi), Eric Ngangare (Rwanda), Jacques Mushaandja (Namibia), Dzekashu McViban (Cameroon), Fabian Lehmann (Germany); Curators: Nontobeko Ntombela (South Africa), Rose Jepkorir Kiptum (Kenya), Princess Marilyn Douala Mangas Bell (Cameroon)