Kaiwan Mehta, photo: ifa / Gögelmann
Kaiwan Mehta, photo: ifa / Gögelmann

A World in the City

The worlds within... what is found there?

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

Anne Imhof: Faust, 2017 (12); © Anne Imhof, photo: Nadine Fraczkowski

Venice Biennale 2017

Anne Imhof. Faust

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.

Portrait of the director of ifa galery Berlin Alya Sebti, 2017 © ifa / Tomaschko


Thinking Tout-monde with Alya Sebti | Alya Sebti, director of the ifa Gallery Berlin, unveiled the 2017 curatorial season for us: UNTIE TO TIE.

Exhibition "Politics of Sharing" at ifa Gallery Berlin, 2016 © ifa / Tomaschko


Politics of Sharing – On Collective Wisdom

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. 

Museumsinsel Berlin © Johannes Haile


Skyscrapers, Steel Plants and Shoe Shiners

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

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

angela n. (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

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

ifa programmes on arts exchange

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