Narrating Africa Step by Step
An open-space exhibition at the Museum of Modern Literature. Open until 19 September 2021
How do we narrate ›Africa‹, narrate a continent and its diversity? Which images and stereotypes, which colonial or national ideologies shape literature about Africa and how does this literature shape, disseminate, or deconstruct them in return? We explore and discuss these questions in our open-space exhibition using texts, archive documents, lecture performances and discussions together with our partners from the University of Namibia and writers from Africa and Europe.
The open-space exhibition ›Narrating Africa‹ would have been supplemented with new exhibition pieces, rewritten, and newly compiled over the course of a two-day literature festival. The festival has been postponed until 2021 and the duration of the exhibition is now extended until 1 August 2021. The original festival dates, 13–14 June 2020, now mark the digital launch of the project. We will showcase the project on the social media channels of the German Literature Archive in Marbach, and add new voices to the mix. Oladipo Agboluaje, Nuruddin Farah, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Ildevert Méda, Rémy Ngamije, Sylvia Schlettwein, Sami Tchak, and others will respond to the questions »What does ›Africa‹ mean to you?« and »Which narratives, which texts, which sentences about ›Africa‹ fascinate you?«
In co-operation with Annette Bühler-Dietrich (University of Stuttgart) and the University of Namibia. Sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research, and Art.
#STEPTWO. Readings with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Ildevert Méda, Sami Tchak, Sylvia Schlettwein, Oladipo Agboluaje, Rémy Ngamije and Penda Diouf.
#STEPONE. The curators present their tables. With Stefanie Hundehege, Martin Kuhn, Vera Hildenbrandt, Heike Gfrereis, Tamara Meyer, Sandra Richter, Merisa Teranis, Dag Henrichsen, Annette Bühler-Dietrich and Simone de Picciotto.