ifa Gallery Berlin

ifa Gallery Berlin is bringing art into the center of dialogue, acts as a space of encounter and is a digital platform alike. With the transdisciplinary project Untie to Tie, ifa Gallery Berlin invites since 2017 visitors to take part in a discourse on colonial legacies, movement, migration and environment. The programme encourages thinking beyond colonial borders, be they mental or territorial, and perceives diversity and plurality of perspectives as essential features that make it possible to grasp the present as an ever-changing reality. Movement and migration are understood as emancipatory processes that facilitate interactions between people.

Untie to Tie – a Project by the ifa Gallery Berlin

With the transdisciplinary project Untie to Tie, which began in 2017, Alya Sebti has developed an exhibition and research project for the ifa Gallery Berlin initiating a discourse around the legacies of colonialism as well as movement, migration, and the environment. Through an approach that observes, complicates, and re-narrates the world from multiplicitous and plural perspectives, ifa Gallery Berlin shapes empowering processes, interactions, and artistic spaces. In its exhibitions and educational programming, and by entering alliances, the gallery's program sits with contradictions and both retraces and reconfigures global entanglements.

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'Untie to Tie. Colonial Fragments in School Contexts'

Remnants of colonialism continue to mark the social norms still found in school curricula and textbooks today. These ties to the past find expression within structural racism as experienced by so many school children every day—in the schoolyard, in countless classroom interactions, and through that which is not revealed, spoken or conveyed. This anthology explores these colonial continuities and their effects on discourse, imagery, and the politics of language. Embedded in the arts, education, and social sciences, the authors aim to counter these persistences through alternative representations and striking new perspectives.

​​​​This publication accompanies the research and exhibition project Untie to Tie – On Colonial Legacies and contemporary societies, realized by ifa Gallery Berlin, in cooperation with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.

Editors: Aïcha Diallo / Annika Niemann / Miriam Shabafrouz

Authors and Artists: Josephine Apraku, Jule Bönkost, María do Mar Castro Varela, Nikolaj Jesper Cyon, Dalila Dalléas Bouzar, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Marlene Dumas, Merih Ergün, Ndèye Codou Fall, Saraya Gomis, Leila Haghighat, Stacy Hardy, Devin Hentz, Moshtari Hilal, Rangoato Hlasane, Claudia Hummel, Rajkamal Kahlon, Prabhakar Kamble, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Annette Krauss, Seloua Luste Boulbina, Elina Marmer, Sunanda Mesquita, Karen Michelsen Castañón, Babacar Mbaye Ndaak, Neo Muyanga, Juliana dos Santos, Sumesh Sharma, Thiago de Paula Souza, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Malick Welli, Aram Ziai

Zeitbilder Bestellnummer | Catalogue number: 3944




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ifa Gallery Berlin

Linienstraße 139/140
D-10115 Berlin

Telephone: +49.30.284491.40

Tuesday – Sunday: 14.00 – 18.00
Thursday: 14.00 – 20.00
Closed on Mondays and holidays

Free admission.


ifa Galleries

The ifa Galleries show the visual arts, architecture and design of a globalized world. They have been addressing contemporary art and current cultural and socio-political developments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe since 1971 in Stuttgart and since 1991 in Berlin. Exhibition series afford insight into art scenes all over the world and reach across national borders. Conversations, lectures and discussions allow visitors direct contact with artists and curators.

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