An educational programme in the context of the exhibition Gods Moving in Places. The Day Reader

Guest: Fetesh Tarekegn

Location: Nachbarschaftscampus Dammweg / Dammweg Campus, Berlin Mondiale, Dammweg 216, 12057 Berlin

The last in a series of three readings sees us explore the grounds of the Dammweg Campus in Berlin-Neukölln, where Fetesh Tarekegn and the team from Berlin Mondiale are establishing a communal garden project. Surrounded by seedlings, compost and urban vegetation, participants will examine Édouard Glissant’s concept of Creolization, which places heterogenous elements in relation to one another thereby producing unanticipated outcomes. The reading will be combined with hands-on garden work as we investigate the possibilities unlocked by the thinking and experiencing of apparent opposites.

© Victoria Tomaschko

The ideas and literary work of Édouard Glissant, eminent French-speaking Caribbean author and pioneer of postcolonial theory, are a central reference point of the current ifa Gallery Berlin’s exhibition Gods Moving in Places. In three collective readings set in various locations in Berlin, participants will approach selected texts and poetic fragments of Glissant’s writings. Using experimental physical formats to challenge and question typical reading habits will enable them to open up new perspectives on the exhibition.

Fetesh Tarekegn is an urban gardener, installation artist, creator and host of the radio show The Minority Report on His work is focused on the experience of migration to the Western world. Born and raised in Ethiopia, he moved to Germany in the late 2000s for graduate studies in environmental sciences at a school near Stuttgart. He has lived in Berlin since 2015, pursuing new ways of creating sustainable urbans spaces that promote intercultural connections. His last art installation was part of the exhibition Freistaat Barackia: Landscapes of Liberation at Kunstraum Kreuzberg. Since 2021 he has been working as team leader on the project Nachbarschaftscampus Dammweg.

Annika Niemann is an art educator and cultural practitioner for creative schools across Berlin and is currently administrative professor for art education at the Institute of Performing Arts and Education at the HBK Braunschweig.

The reading texts are in German.
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