ifa blog

Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

Iris Lenz, Head of the ifa Galleries

Iris Lenz and the ifa Galleries

What distinguishes the ifa Galleries? Why is the location of a gallery decisive for its programme? And what are current themes in art? Gallery director Iris Lenz looks back on 30 years ...

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Portrait of the writer Eva Menasse

The Loss of the Public Sphere

The digital revolution has destroyed the public sphere as we knew it. Isolated from each other, we dig our own tunnels: blind, sensitive to the smallest of vibrations, frightened by ...

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Portrait of the writer Ilija Trojanow

In Defence of the Do-gooders

It’s easy to go through life as a cynic. It’s convenient and comfortable to accept everything, never fight, isolate ourselves, keep our heads down, protect ourselves and lay down our ...

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Portrait of the author Margaret Atwood

Giving voices to the voiceless

Human beings have engaged in the arts: music, visual imagery, dramatic performances – including rituals – and language arts, including tale telling, ever since they have been ...

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Photography of a Chinese Temple with High Rise Building in the Background

Between Traditional Values and New Technologies

China. A country of rapid developments and innovations but also thousands of years of history and traditions. How does the country manage the balancing act between these contrasts? What ...

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Potrait of the journalist Ece Temelkuran

From Figure of Fun to Terrifying Autocrat

The hip-sounding term that the mainstream intelligentsia chose to use for the retro lust for totality was 'populism'. According to the Turkish author, this term conceals the right-wing ...

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Portrait of the president of France, Emmanuel Macron

A Call to Action

The Europe of cafés, debates, universities, the conflict of ideas and the opposition of ideas rejects both state violence and street violence. It believes in the strength of truth ...

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Portrait of cultural scientists Aleida and Jan Assmann

An Exclusive Claim to Truth

The technology for manipulating images, films or sound recordings is becoming ever more sophisticated. What is truth, what is manipulation? The answer to this question is increasingly ...

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