COMING IN NOVEMBER
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Nyabinghi Lab gUG envisions and realizes collaborative projects at the intersections of art, culture, law, education, mental health and activism, with a focus on critical, decolonial narratives and promoting lasting institutional structural change.
18.11.2023 - 14.01.2024
DISCOURSE AND PERFORMANCE PROGRAM AT HAU HEBBEL AM UFER (24.11.-26.11.2023)
We are happy to invite you to the next chapter of our project "The Roots of Our Hands, Deep as Revolt", a discourse and performance program at HAU Hebbel am Ufer from November 24th to 26th 2023.
Historically, non-white and non-Western voices have always been excluded in discourses on environmentalism, sustainability, and eco-movements. By addressing the colonial entanglements of the environmental movement in Germany, Nyabinghi Lab looks at the history of these exclusions, challenges the narrative of the human / nature binary, and connects environmental discourses to anticolonial struggles. Through performances, lectures, and discussions, artists and curators explore how the colonial roots of the ecological movement have remained a white spot despite profoundly shaping environmental discourses, politics, and practices to this day. How can decolonial and queer ecologies become sites of possibilities for alternative imaginaries of nature, sustainability, mutuality, Blackness, (non)humanity, and ecological responsibility?
Funded by the TURN2 Fund of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). Funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media). In Cooperation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Chimurenga and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. Part of the exhibition “The Roots of Our Hands Deep as Revolt: Entangled Colonialities of the Green” at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (18.11.2023–14.01.2024 - see below).
what the body remembers: the colonial history of the green movement
Panel with Dr. Morcedai Ogada, Zara Zandieh and Kwesi Aikins, moderation: Saskia Köbschall
Screening of “Zamani” (Zara Zandieh)
Germany (2022, 11:50 min.)
In a magical forest where everything seems to talk to one-another, four siblings from another time-space reality come together to summon one of their kins from the past. The ancestor beholds a message for them. A message to the Earthlings on how to face climate change.
“What the Body Remembers” – Performance by Amora C. Bosco
22:00, CAN Bar
Afterparty with DJ Set by Mandy aka Bad Puppy
what the land remembers: racism and environmental injustice
After The Company
A film programme by Lisabona Rahman and Ragil Huda
Screening this evening will be two films that take place in Indonesia, set almost half a century apart, linked by the theme of “landsploitation”. “The Builders” from 1972 proclaims the promise of economic prosperity that is only possible at the expense of the earth as it is exploited by oil production. This is followed by “30 Tahun Su Lewat (30 Years Have Passed)” from 2019, showing the lives left behind by profiteering palm oil plantations.
“The Builders” adopts logic along with its accompanying economic model. The narrative fits into the machinery of an authoritarian state that uses nationalist jargon to justify plundering environmental resources. The film itself was created by the image production machinery: behind it is a Hong Kong-based company owned by New Zealand director Brian Brake. His aerial shots, the highly stylised image design, and the imposing voiceover convey the language of colonial power. In contrast is “30 Years Have Passed”, a film of resistance by directors Monaliza Upuya and Bernad Koten. Shot with simple means, it focuses on one goal: to give a voice to the people who once lived in harmony with the earth, but meanwhile have been displaced by the company that created and eventually abandoned the region's palm oil plantations.
Panel with Zina Saro-Wiwa, Peter Emorinken-Donatus and Imeh Ituen, moderation: Aouefa Amoussouvi
Performance by Ladji Kone “Going Green – Upside Down” (“Allant vert a l´envers”)
The performance “Allant vert a l´envers” addresses the synergy and proximity between humans and nature, and reflects on humans as nature. It's a project about questioning natural instincts, about the complicity and closeness of city dwellers with urban greenery, with rituals in chaos and unconscious imbalance with no guaranteed points of reference. Projecting ourselves from a park in Ouagadougou, we find ourselves in the middle of a magical space that is losing its balance and threatened by various dangers. Their unexpected inhabitants are faced with the challenge of saving their habitat, and despite their different characters, they are looking for collective answers. Will the natural spirits and mythical deities be on their side?
black ecology: resistance, poetics and imaginaries
Workshop “Food of the Gods: Cosmology, History and Biology of Cacao” mit Aouefa Amoussouvi
Registration required at email@example.com
Panel with J.T. Roane, Duron Chavis and Ama Josephine Budge, moderation: Anguezomo Mba Bikoro
Performance by House of Brownies “Queerdom”
With “Queerdom”, the Hamburg-based collective House of Brownies presents its first independent, full-length work as a complex but inclusive experimental arrangement. With “Queerdom”, the collective creates its own space that turns the binarity of backstage and stage on its head. A formal experiment in which orders are dissolved. Emergence / Becoming are not hidden as stylistic devices, but worked out. Thus new forms of being together emerge, questions of authenticity and identity are reformulated in a moving way. In the following gala all performers do what they do best: They present their art. But the collective swirls many more binary orders: Gender, race, class and diverse dance styles.
22:00, CAN Bar
After party with DJ set by Nissa (SLIC Unit)
Nissa’s style is influenced by the Soul, Disco and early Rap her parents introduced her to, the Pop and RnB anthems she worshiped as a teen and the dark sounds hailing from Atlanta, Houston and Memphis that seeped through her brother’s bedroom walls. Combining bass and club music from all over the world, her sound is a diverse sound collage featuring international gems.
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AUSSTELLUNGSERÖFFNUNG /EXHIBITION OPENING
We are pleased to present the second chapter of our project "The Roots Of Our Hands Deep As Revolt: Entangled Colonialities of the Green", from 18.11.2023 - 14.01.2024 at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien!
The vernissage will take place on 17.11.2024 from 5 pm. At 7 pm we will present a performance by Mandhla.
"Environmentalism, sustainability, and other green practices have historically relegated non-white and non-Western voices and realities to the margins. The exhibition explores how the colonial roots of the German Life Reform movement have remained a white spot despite profoundly shaping environmental discourses, politics, and practices to this day. The artists’ interventions challenge the narrative of the human/nature binary and connect environmental discourses to antislavery and anticolonial struggles."
The colonial entanglements of the Life Reform in Germany remain overlooked until today. Many of its offshoots, such as organic farming, veganism, yoga, the cult of the body, fitness and sustainability, seem like modern trends, but were first practiced in Germany at the end of the 19th century. Life Reformers postulated a “return to nature” as a futuristic and avant-garde endeavor that would liberate (white) bodies from the “constraints of civilization”. However, the same connection to nature was often used to justify the domination and exploitation of colonized peoples and their lands. The exhibition explores how this discrepancy has profoundly shaped body politics and environmental discourses to this day.
The exhibition also invites artists to imagine human/nature relationships beyond the binary: How can decolonial and queer ecologies become sites of possibilities for alternative
imaginaries of nature, sustainability, mutuality, Blackness, (non)humanity, and ecological responsibility?
Please find current information on the accompanying programme at
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