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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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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Fundación Proa

Closeness and Community

For Manuela Otero, Programmer and Curator at Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, lockdown was a unique opportunity to sustain and create communities – through digital study programs, local ...

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Art Room of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Vojvodina, Serbien, Novi Sad

A Call for Clarity and Plurality

For curator Sanja Kojić Mladenov at the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia, the pandemic crisis has only heightened the need for clear cultural policy and common ...

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[Translate to english:] Design Society in Shenzen

A Global Language and Mutual Learnings

At the Design Society in Shenzhen, Curator Lu Yangli saw several international projects disrupted by the pandemic, but remains committed to cross-institutional cooperation and exchange.

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Museo La Tertulia

Out of the Crisis, A New Solidarity

At Museo La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia, curator Alejandro Martín Maldonado and Head of Education Carlos Hoyos Buchelli have met the ongoing challenges of the pandemic with renewed ...

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Installation view Mapping the Collection in the Museum Ludwig in Cologne 2020

A Permeable Place for Meeting and Exchanging Ideas

For Yilmaz Dziewior, Director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, museums are both socially formed and formative for society: they do not operate in a vacuum, but are specific to their ...

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