Media Archive

13 January 2018

An Afternoon with the Masks

Performance, discussion, lecture, conversation

from 2 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

2 pm Performance: Wura-Natasha Ogunji "The Kissing Mask"
2:30 pm Discussion with the performers
3 pm Lecture by Eva Barois De Caevel: "Acting Decolonially – From Adrian To Zora – Black Women Performing" (EN)
3:30 pm Coffee break
4 pm Kathy-Ann Tan and Wura-Natasha Ogunji in conversation: "Perfomance, Masking and 'the limits of empathy and identification’" (EN)

11 January 2018

For this series of preliminary exercises, our point of departure is the acknowledgement of a deep, and we hope productive, disagreement on the meaning of and the contemporary valence of this term. Perhaps this is already what feminism is about, a form of collective non-alignment. 

Through a series of performative events, talks and workshops, SPEAKING FEMINISMS enacts the multiple histories, struggles, and voices that define ‘feminism’ as both a practice and a concept.

In cooperation with SAVVY Contemporary

7 December 2017

Driss Ksikes: "Fatema Mernissi, a glocal feminist" (EN)

Talk

7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

30 November 2017 — 3 December 2018

in the framework of "Women o Aeroplanes", curated by Annett Busch, Marie-Hélène Gutberlet and Magdalena Lipska

Thur, 30 Nov - Sun, 3 Dec — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

Filter comprises a series of pilot experiments dedicated to filter the cinematic presence of women out of a representation of history and its tendency to blur her active, politicised if not militant credibility. Her presence often lasts a glimpse, a sequence or a short scene in the pictures; she stands by and looks back, knowing (as she speaks) her part in the course of history but hardly in its writing.

With the participation among others of
Fatoumata Diabaté (Artist, Montpellier/Bamako)
Jihan El-Tahri (Filmmaker, Paris)
Brigitta Kuster (Artist, Berlin)
Uche Okpa-Ihora (Artist, Lagos)

Curated by Annett Busch, Marie-Hélène …

16 November 2017

Gallery Reflection #3

With guests, invited and moderated by Jonas Tinius

26 October 2017

C&'s Center of Unfinished Business presents:

Conversation

7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

with Sepake Angiama & Clare Butcher, aneducation, documenta 14 (EN)

30 September 2017

29 September 2017

6 pm Performance: Wura-Natasha Ogunji "The Kissing Mask"
7 pm Artist's and Curator's Talk with Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Eva Barois De Caevel (EN)

28 September 2017

7 pm Opening of the exhibition "Every Mask I Ever Loved" with Wura-Natasha Ogunji
8 pm Performance: Wura-Natasha Ogunji "The Kissing Mask"

15 September 2017

Translinguistic Street Performance

7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

“SALVE EXU MOTOBOY!” is a translinguistic process by the artist Cássio Bomfim. It proposes the construction of a fictional cosmology by exploring the nuances and similarities between the codes, rituals and archetypes of the Brazilian religion Umbanda – with a focus on spirits from the street, cemeteries and road crosses, to the figure and universe of motoboys, central agents for transportation and communication dynamics in contemporary Brazil. “SALVE EXU MOTOBOY!” contains a series of photographs, videos, live storytelling and other expressions, will bring a carnival-like parade to the streets of Berlin-Mitte.

7 September 2017

Gallery Reflection #2

Conversations

7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

What does it mean to speak of colonial legacies (in the present), and how is this different from talking about traces, or remnants? In what sense do concerns, for instance, over repatriation, decolonization, and institutional critique concern a future-oriented temporal thinking? How do practices of copying and authenticating colonial objects challenge ideas of linear temporalities, and what role does art play in negotiating these entanglements? For this event, Nora Al-Badri (artist, Berlin), Prof Silvy Chakkalakal (anthropologist, HU Berlin), and Prof Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (artist and art historian, Birmingham/London) will …

20 July 2017

Magazine launch

7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

This summer, Aperture magazine is presenting its 227th issue titled “Platform Africa”. “Platform Africa” takes an in-depth look at the dynamic spaces that have shaped conversations about photography in Africa for the last twenty-five years—the biennials, experimental art spaces, and educational workshops in which artists and audiences interact with photography.
Brendan Wattenberg, managing editor of Aperture magazine, and Aïcha Diallo (C&) will discuss this special edition with artists Akinbode Akinbiyi, Elsa M'bala and Emeka Okereke (Invisible Borders), reflecting on the diverse conversations about African photography and …

7 July 2017

Performances, talks and screenings

7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

Carte blanche to Alex Moussa Sawadogo

On the second day of this 2-day programme, Keyti points to the entanglements of Hip Hop and politics in Dakar and gives insight into his work as artist and activist for die Youth Urban Media Academy (YUMA). In his innovative format of the Journal Rappé, a „rapped" news programme that he has produced together with Xuman since 2013, Keyti addresses the urban space and ways to engage politically for the Senegalese youth.

6 July 2017

Performances, talks and screening

7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

Carte blanche to Alex Moussa Sawadogo

The 2-day programme, curated by Alex Moussa Sawadogo, the artistic director of the film festival Afrikamera – Current cinema from Africa, is addressing political resistance in urban space on the African continent. African Urban, african culture, african future is a platform for reflections on the processes of the development of its connections to photography, film, fashion and music. On the first evening we invite you to a historical and geographical journey of the political figure of the Sapeur from the beginning of the 1990s until today. As another expression of urban culture the more historical …

29 June 2017

Fraternité – Universality after Universalism

Conversation and reading (DE/FR)

7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

With Markus Messling (Centre Marc Bloch), Shumona Sinha, Jenny Friedrich-Freksa (Kulturaustausch. Zeitschrift für internationale Perspektiven)

23 June 2017

Watch your step / Mind your head

Artists’ and Curator’s Talk (EN)

4 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

With Marina Reyes Franco, Irene de Andrés and Sofía Gallisá Muriente

22 June 2017

Watch your step / Mind your head

Opening of the exhibition

7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlinplace

With Irene de Andrés and Sofía Gallisá Muriente
Curated by Marina Reyes Franco


29 May 2017

Égalité – Liberté – Fraternité #2

Conversations

7 pm — ifa-Galerie Berlinplace

Lecture and discussion with Markus Messling (Centre Marc Bloch), Kossi Efoui (with reading) and Jenny Friedrich-Freksa (Kulturaustausch. Zeitschrift für internationale Perspektiven).

With lectures, discussions and readings, the series "Égalité – Liberté – Fraternité" takes the great ideals of French universalism as the starting point of a "politics of literature" (Jacques Rancière) of the present.


21 May 2017

Beyond the European echo chamber: in dialogue with the Global South. Cultural Diversity: social strength or existential threat?

Panel Discussion

10:30 am — ifa-Galerie Berlinplace

A large amount of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. So do rising populism, anti-immigrant attitudes and fears about the loss of national identity, prevalent in Germany and greater Europe. This event addresses the themes of cultural differences, their relationship to other dimensions of political and social life, their consequences for human co-existence and strategies in dealing with these.

With Anupama Sekhar, Abdullah Alkafri, Ayeta Wangusa, Keith Nurse and Ayoko Mensah

16 May 2017

Égalité – Liberté – Fraternité #1

Conversations

7 pm — ifa-Galerie Berlinplace

Lecture and discussion with Markus Messling (Centre Marc Bloch), Olivier Remaud (EHESS Paris) and Jenny Friedrich-Freksa (Kulturaustausch. Zeitschrift für internationale Perspektiven).

With lectures, discussions and readings, the series "Égalité – Liberté – Fraternité" takes the great ideals of French universalism as the starting point of a "politics of literature" (Jacques Rancière) of the present.

4 May 2017

Gallery Reflections #1

Conversations

7 pm — ifa-Galerie Berlinplace

A conversation between Dr Noa Ha (Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin; research fields: postcolonial urbanism, Asian diasporas in European cities; Board member of "Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg"), Trang Tran Thu (Berlin Asian Film Network/Anthropologist working on Vietnamese diaspora in Berlin), Hyunsin Kim (Choreographer and Performer), and Dr Jonas Tinius (Anthropologist, CARMAH/HU Berlin).

27 April 2017

C&'s Center of Unfinished Buseiness presents:

Conversations, Book Launch, Party

6 pm, Party 9 pm — ACUDMACHTNEUplace

with Contemporary And, Rolando Vázquez, i.a.

30 March 2017

Opening

Exhibition Opening

7 pm — ifa-Galerie Berlinplace

The grand opening of "Untie To Tie" at ifa-Galerie Berlin with our first exhibition “Kolmanskop Dream”, featuring Pascale Marthine Tayou, Contemporary And and Saout Radio. Join us there and have a look at our new exhibition, reading room and hearing station.

Introduction

Eva Barois De Caevel

Decolonial Aesthetics in “The Kissing Mask”

Some Reflections on Performance, Affect and Perception

Kathy-Ann Tan

Chaos world?

Édouard Glissant and the question of universality

Markus Messling

Chaos-Welt?

Édouard Glissant und die Frage der Universalität

Markus Messling

Chaos world?

Édouard Glissant and the question of universality

Markus Messling

‘Sparring Partners’

An Introduction to the Gallery Reflections Series

Jonas Tinius

Book Selection Chapter 2

Selection from the Library

Manuel Herz - African Modernism: Architecture of Independence Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia 2015, Park Books, Zurich

Manuel Herz's groundbreaking study on African Modernisms, abundantly illustrated, collects the architecture as  mementos of the independence of 5 African nations

Francesco Bonami, Julia Rodriguez Windholm (ed.) - Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist Eye, 2005, DAP/MCA, Chicago

Bonami's and Windholm's interdisciplinary study brings together research from anthropology, sociology and political sciences to shine light on the universal experience of mobility, whilst commenting on tourism and travel.

Clementine Deliss, Taimaz Shahverdi - Trading Style: Weltmode im dialog
2012, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld

Trading Style draws on the concept of style as a global phenomena enhanced through global streetstyles and the exchange with international major fashion labels.

Randa Maroufi: "Close-Up"

8'37''

How a famous painting of western art history from the 19th century is interpreted by Moroccan people of my surrounding today?
"Close-up" is a participative work which invites various people of my network (friends, family, artists,…) to describe or to comment via whatsapp Gustave Courbet’s painting "The origin of the world” .
"Close-up" is especially a way to speak about the « intimate thing » and about its representation.

Randa Maroufi (born 1987, Casablanca, MA) works and lives in Paris (FR). She is a visual artist and film maker graduate from the University in Tetouan, Angers and Le Fresnoy.

Princess Nokia “Brujas”

Habiba Effat: Q //\\ يا واد يا بت

2017, 18 minutes

Q //\\ يا واد يا بت is a sound piece created using manipulated field recordings of daily, personal interactions that attempts to explore the intersectionality of gender performance, spatial negotiations and class dynamics within public encounters in Cairo.

 

Habiba Effat (b. 1991 in Cairo, Egypt) is a Cairo-based sound artist and writer. With a BA from the American University in Cairo, she currently works with independent online news outlet Mada Masr.

Myriam Pruvot: “Foudre Chant”

2014, 7’03’’

Sound sequence map which intersects recording and vocal improvisation. It is a single take, the singing is given raw, in a different place each time. Broadcast on laviemanifeste live performance at Festival Monophonic à Bruxelles

Fair Play Medley

8’56’’

Medley, with sound and music by: Loïse Bulot - Isabelle Stragliati - Méryll Ampe - Maria Cristina Kasem - Anne Laure Pigache - Anne-Julie Rollet - Aline Penitot - Pôm Bouvier b. - Anna Raimondo - Lola Ajima - Myriam Pruvot - Christine Groult - Sophie Lacaze - Soizic Lebrat - Sophie Couronne - Marie Lisel - Julie Mondor - Julia Drouhin - DinahBird - Lucie Bortot - Claudia Wegener - Carole Rieussec - Ocean Viva Silver - Sassy Hertz - Crystal DJ Kwe Favel - Abbigal Muleya - SheWolf

Selection from the Library

Ragnar Farr - Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire (exh. cat.)
ICA, London, 1996

This interdisciplinary exhibition project is inspired by the Frantz Fanon's writing, especially his most prolific one 'Black Skin, White Masks'

Tim Stüttgen - In a Qu*a*re time and place. Post-Slavery Temporalities, Blaxploitation, and Sun Ra’s Afrofuturism between Intersectionality and Heterogeneity
b_books, Berlin, 2014

In a Qu*a*re rather then in an (unmarked white) queer space, Stüttgen examines the post-slavery paradigm as an epistemological break in the predominantly white gender and queer studies.


Diedrich Diederichsen - Loving the Alien
ID Verlag, Berlin, 1998

Loving the Alien was a project with the Volksbühne Berlin in 1997, which aimed to bring topics of diaspora, science fiction and multiculture on the stage in form of music, theater and presentations.

 

Phylis Galembo - Maske
Chris boot/Aperture, 2010/2016

After two decades of documenting the religious and cultural traditions in Africa and in the African diaspora, this album features over 100 of Galembs masquerade photographs describing the transformative powers of masks.

Sonic Panorama
Sonic Feminisms

Saout Radio, 1h 1'49'', 2017

There are as many sounds as possible ways to be woman.
As many women as possible feminisms.
As many feminisms as possible sounds.

May Ayim an der M-Straße

Tschabalala Self: Body Agency
Painting the Whole Picture of the Black Female Experience

Tschabalala Self belongs to a new generation of painters depicting a three-dimensional representation of the Black female experience. Our author Sabrina Greig looks into how the Harlem-born artist gives her Black female characters physical and mental agency.

Decolonial Thinking with Rolando Vázquez
The End of the Contemporary?

In March of this year, the sociologist Rolando Vázquez was invited to Berlin to reflect on “decolonizing time” as a way of thinking beyond Western modernity. C& spoke to him about terminologies, alternative approaches to history, and about how he created a decolonial space for thinking at the Festvial MaerzMusik* at Berliner Festspiele.

Redecoration politics
Will Trump’s White House push back recent gains by African-American artists?

by Sean O'Toole

Audre Lorde reads the ‚uses of Erotic‘

Cathy Lane: "Hidden Lives"

1999, 11'09''

"Hidden Lives" (1999) explores ideas of the house as a repository of memories, and of women as the curators of hidden histories. The themes of the domestic, family and the lives and histories of women which I first investigated in Hidden Lives have surfaced repeatedly in my work as have some of the compositional strategies used in the piece, such as composing with the voices of friends and family; the sounding of written text and the use of recorded spoken word as primary material.
"Hidden Lives" was commissioned by the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique and realised in their studio in Bourges, France.

Cathy Lane is a composer, sound artist and academic based in London (UK). Her work uses spoken word, field recordings and archive material to explore aspects of our listening relationship with each other and the multiverse. She is currently focused on how sound relates to the past, our histories, environment and our collective and individual memories from a feminist perspective. She is a Professor of Sound Arts and Director of CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice), University of the Arts London.

A conversation between Dr Noa Ha (Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU

Berlin), Trang Tran Thu (Berlin Asian Film Network/Anthropologist), Hyunsin Kim (Choreographer and Performer), and Dr Jonas Tinius (Anthropologist, CARMAH/HU Berlin).
87'34''

Sonic Panorama #1
To Be Or Not To Be – While In The Middle The Becoming

Saout Radio, 57'43", 2017

To be or not to be. Being, becoming. Identity has turned into one of the most politicized and slippery spaces. Poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant recognizes that identity is not a monolith idea. We are, because we are in relation with the other. Our roots are like the ones of a plant or a tree, they make us grow by the meeting of other roots and they meet like crossing hands. Guided by these ideas Saout Radio proposes an one hour immersion into a sonic panorama, exploring the notion of identity through different languages and formats, through different sensibilities and voices.

Written and edited by Anna Raimondo
Jingle & music selection: Chloé Despax
English translation: Jennifer Herth
Design: Stefan Pollak
Artists: Hannibal Andersen (DK), Younes Baba-Ali (MA), Maria Balabas (RO), Youssef Ouchra (MA), Karen Power (IRL), Anna Raimondo (IT), Sama Waly (EG) Carte Blanche to Radio Papesse (IT).
Curated by Younes Baba-Ali and Anna Raimondo for Saout Radio
Commissioned by Alya Sebti for ifa Gallery Berlin

Damon Sajnani
HipHop’s Origins as Organic Decolonization

Essay

Damon Sajnani aka ProfessorD.us is a HipHop artist, activist, and academic. His research interests include Africana culture, politics, and philosophy, socio-political theory, race/racism, geopolitics, social justice, and global HipHop studies.

Younes Baba-Ali: Tout le monde s’appelle Mohamed

1’29’’, 2013

Imagine a sound that could not only be produced but also heard by the listener, a sound he could physically and instinctively react to. Imagine a direct form of interaction based on sound. This is the beginning of this piece, where, in the street, a voice calls “Mohamed”, an exclamation addressed to any unknown male. A frank and brutal call which fills the gap left by the radio medium, where you can only imagine the listener’s feedback.

Hannibal Andersen: In the gap

7’21’’, 2014

In my little seat, in this machine made of metal, I am destined to wait while I am being transported towards my destination. I am forwarded, swiftly, yet my body remains still. My senses unfold and sharpen as time and distance collapse in the gap between A and B. There is no letter between A and B, only a gap. And, in this gap, I discover the subtle harmonics in the humming of the engine. There is nothing between these harmonics either, except the ever-present background noise, demanding my attention.

Sama Waly: Monologue

4’16’’, 2014

A bodiless voice speaks in first person, in attempt to define ‘I’ … When a voice becomes ‘nothing’, in this nothingness is reborn as language, it transforms into a breath, and eventually reaches silence; you have witnessed the existentialist crisis of language.

Anna Raimondo: Untitled (the stranger, the water and what I am)

1’31’’, 2012

“(…) Anna Raimondo is aware that every definition is a limitation, a frontier in itself, something that unites but also separates that can be impermeable. A stranger splashes her at each definition she declares about herself as a woman, as a feminist, as an Italian, as an artist in a metropolis such as London... each water bucket thrown against the performer carries the innocence and violence of games. By the way, being soaking wet, being baptized, are themselves rites of passage, alluding to fluidity, instability, permanent changeability. The action here aims at approaching one of the thorniest issues of the time: if identity has effectively become the battleground of political confrontation, what should we expect when finding that no space for self-definition is any longer available?”

(Text: Maria Iñigo Clavo)

Kendrick Lamar
Alright

Music Video, 6'55"

A Tribe Called Quest
We The People

Music Video, 3'15"

Solange
Don't touch my hair

Music Video, 4'25"

Muthoni The Drummer Queen
Kenyan Message

Music Video, 3'37"

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Complication, 2013

Painting
Oil on canvas, 200 x 250 cm, 78.7 x 98.4 in
Courtesy the Artist, Corvi-mora, London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

London-based artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the painter who inspired Solange’s “Don’t Touch My Hair” video.

Walter Wippersberger
Dunkles rätselhaftes Österreich

Documentary, 45"

Olufemi Terry
There are startling, unambiguous parallels

Essay

Olufemi Terry, winner of the 2010 Caine Prize for for African writing takes a closer look at the revival of interest in masquerades and folk traditions celebrated in several coffee table books.

Glissando Papesse

Radio Papesse (IT), 10’, 2016

A journey into Radio Papesse sonic archive in response to Glissant’s approach to relational identity.

Youssef Ouchra: Expiration récurrente

2’33’’, 2013

Breath out, breath out again... Breath out in search of a limit. Fill in the creases.

A bag full of breath. Whisper in the veins. Breath the vacuum in and breath out, and breath out again. A regular exhalation.

Fraternité – Universality after Universalism
Conversation (in German) with Markus Messling (Centre Marc Bloch) and Jenny Friedrich-Freksa (Kulturaustausch. Zeitschrift für internationale Perspektiven)
(Shumona Sinha who was invited for a reading and conversation unfortunately could not attend the event)

29 June 2017, 7 pm — ifa Gallery Berlin
2h 1' 32''

Artists' and Curator's Talk with artists Irene de Andrés and Sofía Gallisá Muriente and curator Marina Reyes Franco

ifa Gallery Berlin, 23 Sept. 2017
37'11''

Songhoy Blues: Al Hassidi terei

Jojo Abot - To Li

In conversation with Mame-Diarra Niang:
“These landscapes are extremely contemporary.”


C& talks to Dakar-born artist Mame-Diarre Niang, who observes the changing face of Dakar through her photography. She investigates the separation of people and the breaking away of Oukam-neighborhood of Dakar due to the consumerist orientation of society.

Esperanza Spalding - Black Gold

Pascale Marthine Tayou
Kolmanskop Dream

Interview, 6'49"

Watch your step / Mind your head
Irene de Andrés and Sofía Gallisá Muriente

Artists' and Curator's Talk
ifa Gallery Berlin, 23 June 2017
10'07"

Karen Power: Fried rice, curried chips and a diet coke

RTÉ , 10’32’’, 2008

In recent times, I have become very interested in using the sound of words and syllables as musical material. I wish to draw on Trevor Wishart's view in support of my approach to words and language in the context of this piece. 'I am going to propose that words never 'mean' anything at all. Only the people 'mean' and words merely contribute toward signifying peoples' meanings.

Maria Balabas: Limitele Limbii Mele

28’41’’, 2015

Ludwig Wittgenstein's text is the starting point for this artistic approach. I wished to research empirical the semantics which this phrase can receive through the simple translation from one language to another. For this, I used the social media and the foreign languages departments of the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation. O used every recording people sent me and the result is this collage in which Wittgenstein means not only translation, but different intonations, multiple recording mediums, an invisible international community connected through the very simple response to the question "How would you translate in your language the limits of my language mean etc etc..."

Kolmanskop Dream – Exhibition Opening

ifa Gallery Berlin, 13'16", 2017

Égalité: Melancholy of white men over 40

Liberté: The language of Villa Sésini

Images and Justice.
How Do Black Lives Matter in MoMA’s Collection?

In this essay, Thomas J. Lax examines the links between racial violence and its visual documentation and relevance.