Book "In The Desert of Modernity" and headphones on a wooden table, Foto: Victoria Tomaschko

In the Desert of Modernity: Colonial Planning and After

Presentation with Peter Spillmann

4 Apr 2024
18:00 - 19:30
ifa Gallery Berlin
Linienstraße 139/140
10115 Berlin

Presentation of the book "In the Making. In the Desert of Modernity: Colonial Planning and After. A Research-Based Practice" edited by Sabeth Buchmann, Susanne Leeb and Peter Spillmann for Labor K 3000. The book centres on the working method of the artist and exhibition maker Marion von Osten (1963-2020).

Through the genesis of one of her major exhibitions, In the Desert of Modernity: Colonial Planning and After, and other related exhibitions, Marion von Osten recounts modes of research, forms of collaboration, research trips, and encounters. Was the book ColonialModern. Aesthetics of the Past, Rebellions for the Future (ed. by Tom Avermaete, Serhat Karakayali, Marion von Osten) dedicated to the exhibition itself, which deals with the connection between architecture, urban planning, and colonialism, Marion von Osten’s In the Making traces the conceptual and design settings of exhibition making and reveals connections in order to reconnect them where necessary. Almost as if incidentally and yet quite centrally, In the Making establishes walking, talking, listening, meeting, relating asessential components of inquiry-not only in a postcolonial context, but especially there.

Addressing spatial politics, power relations, and social struggles at the time of colonialism, liberation struggles, and decolonization in North Africa, In the Making welcomes unexpected encounters and opens pathways to parainstitutional and feminist exhibition making.

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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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