Collage: class photo with different illustrated heads over the children's faces
The im_possible Classroom, 2021, © Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski & Sunanda Mesquita
23. Sep2021Add to Calendar

Untie to Tie. Colonial Fragments in School Contexts

Book presentationPolygon / Hybrid event​Linienstraße 139/14010115 Berlin
19:00 – 22:00
Collage: class photo with different illustrated heads over the children's faces
The im_possible Classroom, 2021, © Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski & Sunanda Mesquita

Book presentation

Curricula and textbooks reveal social contexts that include remnants from colonial times. These can find expression in structural racism that many students experience in their everyday lives - in the schoolyard, in the numerous interactions during class - and also in what is not shown, said, and communicated. The authors of this anthology from the fields of art, education, and science examine the ways in which colonial continuities are reflected discursively and in the politics of images and language, with the aim of countering them with alternative images and strengthening new ways of seeing.

At the book launch the editors will take this great opportunity to give an insight into the publication and exchange ideas with the invited authors.

The discussion will be held in English with Aïcha DialloAnnika Niemann,  Miriam Shabafrouz (Editorial Direction) and Alya Sebti (Director of ifa Gallery Berlin), Thiago de Paula Souza, Juliana dos Santos and Aram Ziai (contributors).

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


ifa Gallery Berlin
Tel +49 30 28 44 91 10
admission free

Livestream & Media Library

The live stream and media library will be available at the beginning of the event at

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

Order the book

German/English version
Zeitbilder Bestellnummer |
Catalogue number: 3944
ISBN 978-3-8389-7203-9

German/French version
Zeitbilder Bestellnummer |
Numéro de commande : 3945
ISBN 978-3-8389-7204-6

Editorial Direction

Aïcha Diallo

is director of education and outreach at MINSK Potsdam. Diallo worked for several years as an editor for the art magazine Contemporary And (C&) and curated exhibitions and events for the off-program of the Dak'Art Biennale. She was co-project director of KontextSchule, based at the Institute for Art in Context, University of the Arts, Berlin. Her teaching and research interests include trauma/memory studies, critical pedagogy, and postcolonial criticism. Diallo is a member of bildungsLab, a collective of migrant academics and academics of color who comment, intervene, and publish in the field of critical education and mediation.

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Annika Niemann

works in the field of cultural education between schools and cultural institutions. As a cultural agent for creative schools in Berlin, she supports schools in developing their artistic profiles. As an art mediator and curator, she is concerned with the connection between cultural and political education as well as approaches to co-creative and experience-based knowledge production. Since 2003 she has been developing mediation formats for exhibitions of contemporary art, architecture and design of a globalized world for the ifa Gallery Berlin/Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa). Discrimination-critical, diversity-sensitive and decolonizing approaches are a continuous focus of her research practice.

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Dr. Miriam Shabafrouz

is a consultant in the print department of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb. She is a political scientist and completed German-French studies at the
at the University of Stuttgart and at the I. E. P. de Bordeaux. She then worked as a research assistant at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg and as a consultant at the Leibniz Institute for Financial Market Research SAFE at Goethe University Frankfurt.
At the same time, she worked on her doctoral thesis on economic reforms in Iran at the Research Center for International Relations/Peace and Development Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen.
and was a scholarship holder of the FAZIT Foundation. In addition, as a long-time project staff member of the exchange program 'Go Africa... Go
Germany...' she was able to visit numerous places of remembrance in Africa and Germany.

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