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Workshops DFG Research Network (2019-2021)

Entangled Histories of Art and Migration: Forms, Visibilities, Agents


Fourth Workshop (Mai 6, 2021, 4 to 6 pm, online)


Migration and Agency in the Art Field
(Alexandra Karentzos, TU Darmstadt / Mona Schieren, Hochschule für Künste Bremen)


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Apéro Talks with artists, curators and scholars - 2021



Borders and Border Regions in Contemporary Art Production and Art Theory


Borders and migration are inseparably intertwined. Border regions are defined, shaped and formed by migration as such. At the same time, contemporary arts address the conflictual migratory spaces in a variety of ways and question their semantics. ... > more


The talks (usually about 45 minutes) take place online and are moderated by members of the Research group "Art Production and Art Theory in the Era of Global Migration". The respective artists, curators and scholars will be present.


Please registrate here: contact@ag-kunst-migration.de


Talk 1: April 21, 2021, 5:00–5:45 pm

Borders and Border Regions in Contemporary Art Production and Art Theory
1_ "Seeds for Future Memories“


with Angelika Stepken, Director of the Villa Romana Florenz, about the project "Seeds for Future Memories. Voicing the two ends of migration.“ A cooperation between the artist residencies of Thread in Sinthian, Senegal, and Villa Romana in Florence, Italy (moderated by Alma-Elisa Kittner).


Please registrate here: contact@ag-kunst-migration.de


Talk 2: May 9, 2021

Borders and Border Regions in Contemporary Art Production and Art Theory

2_ "Wüstungen“ (2014)


Artist talk with Göran Gnaudschun about the project „Wüstungen“ (2014)


Please registrate here: contact@ag-kunst-migration.de


 Talk 3: May 19, 2021

Borders and Border Regions in Contemporary Art Production and Art Theory

3_ „Beyond States“ (2021)


Ina Neddermeyer (curator of the exhibition "Beyond States." On the Boundaries of Statehood at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen) - digital exhibition visit with talk.


Please registrate here: contact@ag-kunst-migration.de



1/Sourcing Traces, 10.12.2020
Address books/London: Julia Eichenberg
Art dealers/Paris: Maddalena Alvi
Artist lecture by Judith Raum


2/Placemaking/ Belonging, 14.01.2021
Photography/Cape Town: Jessica R. Williams
Visual history/Mexico City: Valeria Sánchez Michel
Artist lecture by Omar Berakdar


3/Mapping/ Spatializing Sites, 21.01.2021
Mapping/Shanghai: Katya Knyazeva
City concepts/Istanbul: Seza Sinanlar Uslu and Merve Köksal
Artist lecture by Michaela Melián


Please register by sending an e-mail to mareike.schwarz@kunstgeschichte.uni-muenchen.de


For further information see > Cooperative Workshops/ Conferences.



On current occasion

Science criticism from uncalled side.

On an alleged scandal concerning one of the most important representatives
of postcolonial theory


by Angela Stercken und Gabriele Genge



Actually, it can hardly be in the interest of those sciences that deal with global cultural theoretical, historical and philosophical questions to quickly give a statement on a current "dispute" that has been initiated apart from academic debates, has meanwhile found a lively press response and thus developed a fatal momentum of its own. In fact, there are many arguments against taking this step. The interests are too different, too diverse are the instruments and forms with which topics are taken up and negotiated in politics, culture and science, too divergent the objectives as well as the level of knowledge, and the skills.


However, the bottomless accusations against Achille Mbembe, which have now become a "causa", are currently causing great damage – to the detriment of the global scientific community and the world-wide operating expert committees, the bilateral research associations and projects, not to mention the consequences for cultural and cultural policy actors and institutions in Germany. ... > read more



International Conference

Art/Histories: Migrations, Transculturality & The Idea of Latin America


University of Zurich (UZH), Latin American Center Zurich

March 6-7, 2020

Recently, migration in a Latin American context has drawn a lot of international attention. Central American “transmigrants” on their way up north are often confronted with drug cartels, human traffickers, and corrupt police forces immobilizing them at what frequently becomes a tragic turning point on their voyage – the Mexico-United States border. The pictures conveyed by the media coverage of their struggles are contrasted and broadened by an increasing number of artistic modes of expression addressing the subject both north and south of the “political equator” (Teddy Cruz). The ‘border’ has become emblematic of contemporary migrant movements, and a source of both real politics and artistic positions concerning the inclusion or exclusion of Latin-/America. > read more



96th KSK "Kunsthistorischer Studierendenkongress"

Travel and Migration


University of Duisburg-Essen & Folkwang University
July 4-7, 2019


Opening KSK

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 7 p.m.

Galeria Gublia (Kreuzeskrichstraße 3, 45127 Essen)
Exhibition: <<Me & Mr. Jones>>, Rebecca Racine Ramershoven


For program and schedule see also :
> more on the KSK website



A Short Half Century against Blindness.

On the death of Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019)




Okwui Enwezor, Lagos/ Nigeria, 2013, Photo: © Anne-Lena Michel

Despite the busy exhibition business, the past weekend at the Munich Haus der Kunst was very quiet. Footsteps in the large, empty central hall seemed almost like inappropriate noise. As the current editorial message on the website conveys, the team of the exhibition house mourns for his on last Friday deceased head Okwui Enwezor – and combines this with the expression of great gratitude for the "extension to our perspective" made possible by him, his new "guiding principle" of the exhibition house, but above all for "the conviction that the developmental lines of contemporary art are global and multi-layered and cannot be limited by geographic, conceptual and cultural boundaries." For the audience of the last weekend, the visit of Enwezors last great show to the work El-Anatsui as well seems to have been more in the sign of condolence.

> read more


Imprint, see kritische berichte, 2/2019



In Memoriam Bisi Silva (1963-2019)


Bisi Silva, Lagos, Nigeria, 2013, Photo: © Anne-Lena Michel

On February 12, the Nigerian curator Bisi Silva died at the age of 56 years.

Members of our network got to know her under different circumstances and at different points in time as an energetic exhibition maker, scholar and author. Bisi Silva pioneered cultural policy in particular in Nigeria by creating conditions for artists, curators and art historians in which they could work. Energetically, empathically and always visionary she was able to initiate dialogues between different local positions, to incorporate international guests and to collaborate with colleagues from the Global South. Bisi took charge of the processing of African contemporary art and was so firmly committed to the realization of exhibition projects that also promoted young positions in Nigeria and elsewhere, who first made important artistic positions from Africa familiar to the art world. She researched artists from the history of Nigeria until the present and explorated the subject of diversity. > read more

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Imprint, see kritische berichte, 3/2019


Upcoming Workshop

Diasporic Imaginaries. Multiple Senses of Belonging


Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte / Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art, Paris

April 4-5, 2019


Conceived and organized by Lena Bader, Birgit Mersmann, Mona Schieren


Migration in art and art history is primarily defined by the movement in both space and time of artists, curators, and critics, and their works, ideas, and memories (Mathur 2011). It has engendered geographically dispersed artistic communities bound by shared diasporic experiences and has generated splintered temporalities of artistic relationalities that negotiate between pastness, nowness, and futurity. The increasing diasporization of art and culture is a farreaching and profound shift resulting from global migration and its rapidly changing nature. As a global transnational process, migration has produced global diasporas (Cohen 1997), including ethnic, cultural, religious, and national diasporas, which fuel the dissemination of “diasporic imaginaries.” Beside the Jewish, Greek, Armenian, and Black diasporas — the most historically significant diasporic traditions — the Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Lebanese, Palestinian diasporas have, among others, become clearly visible on the world map of diaspora cartographies (Brah 1996, Dufoix 2008).
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The conference will be held in English.



Starting November 2018

DFG network "Entangled Histories of Art and Migration: Forms, Visibilities, Agents"


“Entangled Histories of Art and Migration” sets out to conduct research on the interrelationship of migration and globalization as an important phenomenon of social transformation in the 20th and 21st centuries and on its role for art historical research and artistic production. Over the next three years, it will enhance the research on migration with art-historical perspectives and methodologies.  read more .... >