ifa blog

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

So Where Do You Come From?

The German-Vietnamese author, Khuê Phạm, travelled to Singapore as part of the ifa's lecture programme to present her debut novel at the Literature Festival. To her surprise, she found ...

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A Half Century of Art in a Globalised World

2021 is a year of anniversaries. The ifa Gallery Stuttgart celebrates 50 years, the ifa Gallery Berlin 30. From an ethnographic focus to contemporary art and spaces for experimentation, ...

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Being Indigenous Is a Form of Knowledge

Artist Gabriel Rossell Santillán works with indigenous communities in Mexico. His videos, photographs and books, presently on show at the ifa Gallery, are the result of this work. In ...

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French Fashion, Real Soft Power and Civil Society. Challenging Perspectives and Voices on Cultural Europe

German cars or French fashion – European culture is even among specialists for cultural policy often perceived through symbols of commercial success. And for some, the EU is not as much ...

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Annual Report 2020: Impressions of an Unusual Year

Societies around the world have been marked by the Corona pandemic. ifa, too, has been impacted, and like the rest of the world, the institute found new ways to bring people together, ...

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'There is a Strong Need to Develop New Narratives that are African Specific'

Avril Joffe heads the Cultural Policy and Management Department at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In an interview with ifa, she explores whether ...

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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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Visitors of the exhibition 'Leila Alaoui' in front of a photograph

Activist Behind a Lens

When the young photographer Leila Alaoui was shot in a terrorist attack in 2016, her activism against racism received revitalised attention. At the ifa Gallery Stuttgart her mother ...

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