On Colonial Legacies

and Contemporary Societies


Untie to Tie

With this one-year research and exhibition programme "Untie to Tie", the ifa-Galerie Berlin explores the intersections between artistic and social discourses related to the colonial legacies in contemporary societies. The reflections refer to everyday, partly unconscious, hegemonic mindsets, as well as to social structures, and political discourses. In order to counter ideas of universal truths and objective knowledge, "Untie To Tie" unfolds diverse, partly hidden forms of subjective experiences and perspectives.

In times of globally increasing socio-cultural inequalities, cultural misperceptions, every-day discriminations and growing nationalist and populist tendencies, "Untie to Tie" invites to reflect upon the impacts of colonial legacies which have formed our contemporary societies in the first place, and which continue to globally influence our realities and everyday lifes.

For this purpose the gallery becomes a meeting place, a physical and digital platform, to encourage encounters between people and their stories, whether told, written, crafted or performed. The programme explores obvious and also unknown aspects of colonial influences and shows unexpected resonances.

To create more space for this exchange between diverse, subjective positions, the ifa Gallery Berlin has developed a new structure based on three pillars:

The public programme, “Art in Dialogue”, presents events ranging from dialogues, book launches and performances in response to the positions proposed by the curators and artists of the exhibitions.

The “Meeting Point” comprises the reading room "Center of Unfinished Business" with a collection of publications curated by the online magazine Contemporary And (C&), and the hearing station "Sonic Panoramas" with a web radio programme and sound works curated by Saout Radio.

Finally, this “Digital Platform” sets up a discursive forum with articles, podcasts, web radio and video contributions. This medium represents a transregional construction and exchange of knowledge archives and connects the „Meeting Point“ with the „Art in Dialogue“.

"Untie To Tie" is the first long-term discursive approach by ifa Gallery Berlin and during the one-year elaboration, the topic will be addressed from several, thematically related perspectives in four chapters: global relatedness, urban cultures, intersectional feminisms and riots as resistance.