ifa | My stay at the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin was really good. Everyone was so kind and very supportive. The African collection Department was great: it was a department of joyful and lively young people. I was involved in everything within and outside working hours. I got easily absorbed into the system because of how everyone welcomed me at the museum. I really felt at home.
By Philip Jailos
C&/ifa | The first issue of Contemporary And (C&) was published 2014 during the Dakar Biennale. The issue offers online, as well as offline, different narratives of contemporary African art. C& is a dynamic place where topics and information of contemporary art practice and African perspectives are reflected and connected.
ifa | Zoological and botanic gardens are not only places where people spend their leisure time. They are also focal points for education and research. This exhibition in 2017 marks ifa’s one-hundredth anniversary and refers to the legendary exhibition of 1987, Exotic Worlds – European Fantasies, initiated by ifa to explore specific aspects of many institutions in Stuttgart, including Moorish architecture and the theme of “exotic animals in European art” in an exhibition of reproductions in the Wilhelma itself. For us, this anniversary is an opportunity to recall this pioneering earlier exhibition and to take up the theme again by looking from today’s perspective at the transfer, the keeping of, and research into and the presentation of culture and nature from other regions of the world.
Exhibition till 2nd july in Stuttgart.
Untie to Tie
ifa | The exhibition and the public programme in the second chapter show positions dedicated to resisting the colonial legacies in urban cultures, highlighting their potential of opposing hegemonic structures and politics. How are social hierarchies created and represented geographically in contemporary colonial relationships by stereotypical imaginaries? Urban cultures, such as music, fashion and tourism, are used as political or cultural instruments of empowerment and agency. In educating and uplifting stigmatized and discriminated communities, they point towards relations of subordination and domination that were established and are maintained by colonial structures and neocolonial relations: ideologically, psychologically, culturally, and politically. The plurality of positions and narrative voices in chapter 2 widen Eurocentric narratives and show strong counter-positions.
C& / ifa | On the occasion of documenta 14: Curriculum of connections, the latest print issue is focused on education. We are glad to feature in this issue leading players involved in the upcoming conference “Under the Mango tree − Ulterior Sites of Learning” taking place on 18–19 July 2017 in Kassel, hosted by the ifa and in cooperation with documenta 14
ifa | On this year's documenta 14 from 08.04. till 16.07.2017 eleven artist supported by the ifa will present their works. These include Arin Rungjang (Thailand), Samnang Khavy (Kambodscha), Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana) and Lala Rukh (Pakistan). Also Nikhil Chopra, Ganesh Haloi, Amar Kanwar and Nilima Shiekh from India will attend the exibition and from Guatemala Regina Galindo José, Joaqium Orellana Mejía and Vivian Suter.
ifa exhibitions in Mexico
From Oaxaca to Monterrey
ifa | During the Year of Germany in Mexico 2016-2017 the ifa presents alltogether seven exhibitions in different Mexican cities. Currently 'Sibylle Bergemann. Photographies' and 'Future Perfect' are to be seen in Oaxaca and in Guadalajara respectively. On 8 June the 'Otto Dix. Social Criticism' exhibition will open in Guadalajara. One week later 'Music from an Unknown Source' with 40 gouaches by Sigmar Polke will start in Oaxaca.
Call for Proposals
ifa | With its exhibition funding programme the ifa supports projects of contemporary German artists or artists with residence in Germany. The Artists' Contacts programme promotes the international cooperation of German and foreign persons engaged in the cultural sector.
Application deadline: 15. August 2017
ifa | Elke aus dem Moore, Head of the Visual Arts Department at the ifa – Institute for International Cultural Relations, and Sepake Angiama, Head of Education at documenta 14, talk about shifting educational approaches in art, new curricula, and the conference Under the Mango Tree – Ulterior Sites of Learning on this subject
A World in the City
ifa | We are all familiar with something we call Natural History, but what would be the history of Natural History? Where I specifically would see Natural History as forms of relationships that human beings and human civilisations share with nature and Nature. This relationship is akin to a world view that people and civilisations develop and live with.
By Kaiwan Mehta
Venice Biennale 2017
ifa | A room, a house, a pavilion, an institution, a state. Glass walls and glass ceilings, fluid and crystalline, permeate the room as if it were one of the centers of financial power. At the invitation of Susanne Pfeffer, Anne Imhof has conceived the work 'Faust' for the German Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. 'Faust' is both a five-hour production and a seven-month-long scenario comprised of performative dynamics, sculptural installations, painterly touches, and rigorously choreographed visual axes and movements.
ifa | As a result of an international research and exhibition project the publication 'Politics of Sharing – On Collective Wisdom' presents perspectives that aim to activate our collective knowledge, our experience and our practices of sharing in the context of contemporary art and visual culture.
ifa | Johannes Haile captured in pictures what the people in front of his camera felt: deep trust and empathy. His photographs take us on a journey to almost forgotten landscapes of memory: In the 1960s, the Ethiopian photographer visited the Federal Republic and caught on camera the everyday life of the industrial boom. In her exhibition 'With different Eyes' the anthropologist and writer Meskerem Assegued presents some of these photographs for the first time in Germany. In this interview, she talks about her curatorial decisions and Haile's life with and for photography.
By Juliane Pfordte
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
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
contemporaryand.de | 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 | Interview
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
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
Interview / Podcast
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
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