Wura-Natasha Ogunji: Sweep, 2011, performance, Abuja; © Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Wura-Natasha Ogunji: Sweep, 2011, performance, Abuja; © Wura-Natasha Ogunji

UNTIE TO TIE

With the transdisciplinary project "Untie to Tie" (2017–20), ifa Gallery Berlin invites visitors to take part in a discourse on colonial legacies, movement, migration and environment. The ifa Gallery Berlin acts as a space of encounter; as a platform for subjective narratives that query the status quo and the construction of a normative universality. The first phase, "On Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Societies" (2017–18), reflected on the impacts of colonial structures that have formed modern societies and continue to globally influence our realities and our everyday life today. Following this, the second phase "Movement.Bewegung" (2018–19) perceives diversity and plurality as essential features that make it possible to grasp the present as an ever-changing reality. The programme encourages thinking beyond colonial borders, be they mental or territorial. Movement and migration are understood as natural, permanent phenomena, as emancipatory processes that facilitate interactions between people. The four consecutive exhibitions of "Movement. Bewegung" are accompanied by a public programme, including a series of encounters with a focus on performances, sound art and theatre.

Reading room

The reading room 'Center of unfinished business' will provide literature on colonial legacies. Among these books are loans provided by theBerlin association Each One Teach One (EOTO). C& will invite various cultural producers to read, perform and discuss in the reading room. 

Hearing station

Saout Radio explores the universe of sonic arts. 'Sonic Panoramas' is made up of a hearing station inside the gallery and diverse radio shows. Each radio show will also be broadcasted on different radio stations such as Reboot.fm or Radio Corax, but also on stations all over the world such as Radio Panik in Brussels, Radio Tsonami in Chile.

Vinyl in front of a white wall
Geraldine Juárez, Wealth Transfer, 2013. 7" Dubplate. Edition of 1. Courtesy of the artist

For the Record

The exhibition "For the Record" features artists who utilize music as a discursive site to articulate lived experiences and to question contemporary societal conditions under persisting colonial, imperial and capitalist enterprises.


Louis Henderson, research image for "Evidence of Things Unseen but Heard", 2018, photographic negatives of the St. Paul's Riots 1980, courtesy: Bristol Archives, ref. 43129/Lib/StP/1/1/2
Louis Henderson, research image for "Evidence of Things Unseen but Heard", 2018, photographic negatives of the St. Paul's Riots 1980, courtesy: Bristol Archives, ref. 43129/Lib/StP/1/1/2

On Riots and Resistance

Chapter 4 of "Untie to Tie" examines the structural conditions of the riot through its mutational economy and anxieties related to the collective agency of the demos. The complex reality of state-led communal divides, racial violence, recent genocide, and policing controls is actively explored through the artistic and social practices.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji: If I loved you, 2017, performance, New African Photography Exhibition, Red Hook Labs, New York; photo: Miria-Sabina Maciagiewicz, © Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Wura-Natasha Ogunji: If I loved you, 2017, © Wura-Natasha Ogunji

Every Mask I Ever Loved

Chapter 3 of "Untie to Tie focuses on intersectional feminisms". While a large part of contemporary feminist discourse is mostly advocating for women's rights and equality, intersectional feminism intends to consider how overlapping identities – including race, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation – impact women's experiences of oppression and discrimination.

Sofía Gallisá Muriente: B-Roll; © Sofía Gallisá Muriente
Sofía Gallisá Muriente: B-Roll; © Sofía Gallisá Muriente

Watch your Step / Mind your Head

The positions in the second chapter are dedicated to resist the colonial legacies in urban cultures, highlighting their potential of opposing hegemonic structures and politics. The plurality of positions and narrative voices widen Eurocentric narratives and show strong counter-positions.

Michiel Van Balen (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr
Michiel Van Balen (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Kolmanskop Dream

The first chapter dedicated to global relatedness takes as a starting point the idea of the 'Tout Monde' conceived by the poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant: the world as a mosaique of individual positions combined with an accelerated interaction between languages, peoples and societies.

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