Can art lead us in the right direction? Photo: Todd Diemer (CC BY 2.0), via Unsplash


Institutions in Transiton

ifa | ''I believe in the potential of art in processes of social transformation and I am sure that institutions can show the way," says Elke aus dem Moore, Head of the ifa Fine Arts Department. In an interview she talks about global trends in the field of art, the role of cultural institutions and her personal interest in encounters, with and by means of art. By Yeast, Art of Sharing

'In the Carpet': exhibition at ifa gallery Stuttgart, 2016 © ifa/Siri Gögelmann


Blooming Pencils and Woven Symbols

ifa | At the end of school holidays, Taysir Batniji as a young boy sharpened pencils for hours. Today, a field of pencil shavings is part of one of his most famous performances. The Palestinian artist was born 1966 in Gaza. With his installation 'Hannoun', Batniji is confronting two central dimensions of his life: the conflictive situation in Gaza, and living in exile. The installation is featured in the exhibition 'In the Carpet ǀ Über den Teppich'. Another work shown in the exhibition is from Amina Agueznay. The Casablanca-born artist loves collaborating with Moroccan weavers and artisans from the countryside. With her textiles installations she deals with traditional motifs and craft techniques. In the interview they talk about the mutual influences between arts, crafts and culture.
Interview by Mustafa Yapakci and Siri Gögelmann

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Redecoration politics

Will Trump’s White House push back recent gains by African-American artists? | Obama's fine selection of works from Glenn Ligon to Alma Thomas is going to leave the White House. But what's coming instead?
By Sean O'Toole

Politics of Sharing, vernissage at the ifa Gallery Stuttgart in July 2016

Politics of Sharing | Interview

A space for unheard voices

ifa | How can we preserve good living conditions on our planet? From which concepts of community and sharing can we learn today? Focusing on collective knowledge, other ideas of community and our relation to nature, the exhibition 'Politics of Sharing – Collective Wisdom' eopens our view to other worlds of thought. In the interview, Gabriel Rossell-Santillán, Natalie Robertson and Daniel Maier-Reimer talk about impulses in their artistic pursuit and provide an insight into the situation of the indigenous communities in Mexico and New Zealand.
Interview by Siri Gögelmann

Curator Meskerem Assegued © Guenet Assegued


My Memories of Johannes Haile

ifa | 'He was a great deal of fun', says Meskerem Assegued about Johannes Haile. The Ethiopian photographer was not only her mentor but also a friend. Assegued describes Haile as someone who never liked fake smiles and who enjoyed capturing serene expressions. Meskerem Assegued is founding director of the Zoma Contemporary Art Center (ZCAC) in Addis Ababa and curator of the 'With Different Eyes. Germany in the Sixties – Photographs by Johannes Haile' exhibition.
Article by Meskerem Assegued

Contemporary &: 'I grew up with Johannes Haile and his photographs'. Interview with Meskerem Assegued

Tabiat bridge, Tehran; photo: Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh

Interview / Podcast

The Bridge of Nature

Tehran – a metropolis with about twelve million inhabitants, countless roads and noisy streets. Right in the middle: the Tabiat Bridge (Persian "Nature" ), a pedestrian oasis hovering above a highway. The award-winning bridge – shortlisted for Aga Khan Award 2016 – was designed by Leila Araghian. During a visit at ifa Gallery Stuttgart she talks about her inspiration, why people are fascinated by the bridge and the obstacles she faced with her project.
Interview by Juliane Pfordte, podcast by Siri Gögelmann

Gorodeja, Weißrussland, 2005: Dorfbewohnerinnen sammeln Preiselbeeren und tragen sie in Säcken durch den Sumpf. © Andrei Liankevich: Belarus portfolio, 2010


"Art gives you more freedom to transmit a message"

ifa | Belarus – terra incognita? Even more than 20 years after its independence from the Soviet Union and despite its geographical proximity to the European Union, in the "West" its image is still diffuse and clichéd. But how do the Belarusians depict their country, known as "Europe's last dictatorship"? How does the younger generation comment on the state of their country and how has its art scene developed over the past years? The ifa in conversation with photographers Andrei Liankevich and Aleksander Veledzimovich.
Interview by Juliane Pfordte

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News / Press Releases

G7 culture ministers in Florenz

"Culture as an instrument for dialogue between nations" is the motto of the first G7 culture summit.

ifa/Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism | 29.03.2017

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