Together as People of Color?!

Friday, December 2nd, 11 am

Refugio Berlin, Lenaustraße 3, 12047 Berlin

This event will take place in-presence. In German and English spoken language, as well as German sign language with interpretation.

We would like to warmly invite our BIPoC Communities to our years final event of #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken!

On Friday, December 2nd, we would like to create a space together in which we share solidarities. This year those will be related to self-identifications or more specifically the term “People of Color.”

“People of Color” was coined in the 1960s Black Power movement in the U.S. and was meant to bring people negatively affected by racism together, united against these experiences of discrimination and to position themselves in opposition to whiteness.

On Monday, October 31st we were able to realise the event “People of Color: A conversation about the history of solidarities”. At this event we talked about the history of BIPoC in the 90s and 2000s as well as the political developments and questions that arised with its arrival in Germany.

In the course of our final event on December 2nd, we would like to bring together the conversations from our focus groups, community processes and events. In the form of keynotes, panels, as well as our Kitchen Tables, we will together share our current debates on the People of Color term.
We are also looking forward to publishing our freshly printed brochure with contributions from our communities on their meaning and use of the term People of Color.

Let’s come together, sum up and discuss, share and learn from each other and build new solidarities as well as strengthen old ones.

11.00 am Registration
11.30 am Welcome
12.00 pm Keynote “Intersectionality in sign language communities” with Asha Rajashekhar
1.45 pm Kitchen Tables a.o. with Sun-Ju Choi, Saboura Naqshband, Abilaschan Balamuraley und Asha Rajashekhar
3.30pm Kitchen Table Panel with Maisha Auma, Abilaschan Balamuraley
5.30pm Performance Comedy with Lux Venéra (english spoken language)
6.00h The End

Everything will take place in German sign and spoken language and is translated (ENG/ GER spoken language, DGS). The Kitchen Tables are not translated into English spoken language and will take place in German sign language and spoken language.

The Kitchen Tables
The program point “Kitchen Tables” will be spaces of exchange that so many of us BIPoCs know quite well – conversations at the kitchen table. At three kitchen tables, discussion partners will be in conversations about different topics that our BIPoC communities are dealing with around the PoC term. As participants, you can sit by, be there, or even join in.

1) People of Color – then, now, everywhere? – Sun-Ju Choi, Maureen Maisha Auma and Saideh Saadat-Lendle

Along with Maisha, Saideh, and Sun-Ju, People of Color is seen as a moment of politicization. What does self-designation mean in this context and how do we need to define this? How much movement and flexibility does People-of-Color entail and how much does it require? All three have been activists for many years and look forward to an exchange that includes both geographic and temporal connections.

2) Critical PoC Perspectives, (South)Asian Being, and Colorism – Abilaschan Balamuraley, Saboura Naqshband and Methu Thavarasa 

In this Kitchen Table, Abilaschan, Methu and Saboura would like to open a space for the following questions: To what extent does colorism impact the debate around “people of color” and self-designations? How do (pre- and post-)colonial constructs such as caste, colorism, and anti-Blackness prevent solidarities among “PoC”? What might a critical and solidaristic perspective on (South) Asian-ness and PoC-ness in Germany look like?

3) Disability(ies)? People of Color? People of Color with Disability(ies)! – Asha Rajashekhar and tba

There will be an exchange with Asha on exclusions of BIPoCs through ableism, locating oneself in dominant white communities, resistance, and more needed solidarities.

Pls. register at! Registrations by writing, video and audio are possible.

This event is explicitly addressing self-identification of people affected by racism, so we are very interested why you would like to participate.
When registering, please answer the following questions:

  • In what way have you previously dealt with the topic so far?
  • Which Kitchen Table would you like to participate in?
  • How do you situate/position yourself within this discussion?
  • Do you have needs or require support to participate (e.g. childcare or language assistance etc)?

The Panelists

Asha Rajashekhar born in Berlin with Indian roots. Being deaf, she grew up bilingual – German sign language and German written language. She works as a teacher and intercultural coordinator at the Elbschule Hamburg and as a representative for Schools at the Association for Deaf People Hamburg e.V.

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Dr. Sun-Ju Choi is a cultural worker/activist and founding member of korientation, Netzwerk für Asiatisch-Deutsche Perspektiven e.V. and Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen (NdM). She currently works as the deputy executive director of NdM and is on the board of korientation and neue deutsche organisationen. 

Saideh Saadat-Lendle is a psychologist, activist, diversity trainer of the organisation “Eine Welt der Vielfalt e.V.” (A World of Diversity) and freelance lecturer on intersectionality, diversity, empowerment, anti-discrimination and anti-violence, racism, gender and LGBTIQ.
She founded the anti-discrimination and anti-violence department of Lesbenberatung Berlin e.V. – LesMigraS, a nationwide active inter- sectional anti-discrimination, anti- violence and empowerment project for lesbians, bisexuals, trans* and queer people, which specifically addresses people affected by multiple discriminations. Till end of 2020 she was the director of LesMigraS.

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Prof. Dr. Maureen Maisha Auma is an educational scientist and gender researcher. April 2008 – October 2022 she was a Professor of Childhood and Difference (Diversity Studies) at the University of Magdeburg-Stendal. Between 2014-2019, she was a guest professor at the Humboldt University-Berlins Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies and at the Institute for Educational Sciences. 2021-2022 she was Audre Lorde guest Professor of Intersectional Diversity Studies of the Diversity and Gender Equality Network, Berlin University Alliance (BUA), at TU Berlin. Currently she is a guest professor for intersectional diversity research at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies at TU Berlin.
Her research focuses on diversity in educational materials in East and West Germany, sexual empowerment for Black people and People-of-Color in Germany, critical whiteness studies, anti-Blackness, childhood studies, intersectionality in the context of critical race theory and racism critique. She has been active in the Black feminist self-organisation Generation Adefra, Black Women in Germany since 1993. Together with Peggy Piesche and Katja Kinder, she was part of the academic team Diversifying Matters, a specialist group of Generation Adefra, which carried out the Berlin consultation process “Making the situation of discrimination and social resilience of people of African heritage in Berlin visible” in 2018. Building on this, she drew up a catalogue of actions for the equality of Afrodiasporic people and the dismantling of anti-Black racism, also commissioned by the Berlin Senate in 2021.

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Abilaschan Balamuraley (he/she pl. he/him they) is active as a community organiser and podcaster (Maangai Podcast). They live in Berlin and work across disciplines in cultural mediation, education and community work.
Abilaschan studied cultural studies and aesthetic practice in Hildesheim with a focus on cultural politics in international comparison.
Since 2020, Abilaschan has been working with the Awarness Academy of the Club Commission Berlin on diversity issues in the Berlin club scene. Furthermore, Abilaschan is involved in activities with the Goethe Institute Max Müller Bhavan Mumbai and the South Asia Region.

Saboura Manpreet Naqshband (she/they) is a transdisciplinary political-, social- and cultural-scientist, artist, educator and activist. She is currently doing her PhD on BIPoC artists at the UdK Berlin. Saboura’s focus is on the intersection of religion and (queer) feminism, critique of racism, and postcolonial cultural education. They is also co-founder of the collective ‘Berlin Muslim Feminists’, member of the postcolonial bildungsLab, intersectional consultant, and dance and empowerment trainer. 

Methu Thavarasa (no pronouns) is a German socialised Eelam Tamil, born and raised in the Frankfurt a.M. area, and has been living in in Berlin since 2016. Since 2017, Methu is dedicated to political educational work for adults and at schools. Within the framework of trainings, seminars and lectures, Methu works in an intersectional and power-critical way on the topics of communication against right-wing populism, anti-racism, critical whiteness, allyship and diversity. Since this year Methu is part of Network Counterargument. Methu gives empowerment trainings for and is a facilitator with an explicit focus on applied intersectionality. 

Huda, from Berlin, dropped out of school and then into theatre. After something to do with media and a degree in acting, she decided to become a naughty illustrator and political image-maker. In her free time Huda listens to 1 song on permanent loop. Huda’s illustrations are in the realm of the halal. 

Lux Venérea is a transmedia storyteller, artist and speaker. Navigating with unconventional mediums such as comedy, irony, speech or memes, she studies the behavior of the dominant classes around the presence of dissident-migrant bodies. Through satiric performances, overacted storytellings that force viewers to reflect upon their own position and how the authoritarian nature of their subjectivity.
Naya’s work has been shown in various theaters, such as Kammerspiele Munich, Gorki Theater, CCBA Barcelona, Primavera Sound, WORM Rotterdam, Belvedere Theater Vienna and Berghain Kantine. As an educator and Hiv rights activist she’s worked with several institutions such as AIDSHILFE (Berlin, Mittelhessen, Zurich), Checkpoint, TriQ,Migrationsrat Berlin, LesMigraS and has lectured in universities like UDK, HWR Berlin and Willem de Kooning Academy.

The event takes place within the framework of the LADS funded project, #CommunitiesSolidarischDenken

Online Presentation „The Living Archives”

Credits: bureau zanko

Thursday, November 19th 2020, 6pm


The Living Archives is an online platform, which will primarily be used to document, archive and make available knowledge and content, that is generated within BIPoC communities. Integrating and referring to this knowledge, the platform will also be used as a learning space for these communities. In this event the project The Living Archives will be presented to the public for the first time.

We are looking forward to welcoming words by Peggy Piesche (Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany – Diversity, Intersectionality and Decoloniality  – D.I.D.) and two keynote talks by Fatima El-Tayeb (University of California, San Diego) and Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen) and a panel discussion with Arike Oke (Black Cultural Archives, London), Tayo Awosusi-Onutor (RomaniPhen Archive, Berlin), and Nicola Lauré al-Samarai (historian, author, curator) within the framework of this presentation.

The aim of the project is to capture and make accessible content and knowledge generated within BIPoC contexts in past and present. xart splitta understands The Living Archives as a “Resistant Knowledge Project” (Patricia Hill Collins). Archiving and documentation is therefore seen as a decolonial act – concepts and practices of archiving are redefined in terms of their colonial, racist, and heteronormative context of origin and used as a medium of “counter-narration”.

The first content for the site will be provided by the ongoing work of xart splitta as well as by texts, conversations and content that was created in the context of the project “Passing it On”. A project that was carried out by xart splitta in 2019 by  Nicola Lauré al-Samarai and Iris Rajanayagam; and in the context of which the idea for the online portal was born. The website will however remain a work in progress and we are looking forward to the collaboration with a variety of individuals and communities in the further development of The Living Archives.


6:00pm: Welcoming words: Peggy Piesche (Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany – Diversity, Intersectionality and Decoloniality  – D.I.D.)

6:15pm: Presentation The Living Archives with Iris Rajanayagam and Juliana Kolberg (xart splitta)

6:30pm: Keynote talks by Fatima El-Tayeb and Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez

7:15-8:45pm: Panel discussion with Arike Oke, Tayo Awosusi-Onutor and Nicola Lauré al-Samarai. Moderation: Iris Rajanayagam

This event will take place online and will be held in spoken English and German.

Pls. register by November 17th, 2020 at:

The access information to the event will be sent out on November 18th, 2020.

The link to the website will be available from November 19th, 2020 onward at

The Living Archives is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.


Arike Oke is the director of the Black Cultural Archives, in London. She has been working in the field of memory and heritage for over 15 years. She has been involved in the “Connecting Histories” project in Birmingham, UK and in the development of the archive of the “Wellcome Collection” and co-organised the first Black History Month in Hull. She is a board member of the strategic initiative “Unlocking Archives” of the National Archives, Richmond, UK and is a Fellow of the programme “Museums and Resilient Leadership” of the Arts Council England.
Tayo Awosusi-Onutor is a singer, author, director, political activist, mother and lives in Berlin. She describes herself as Afro-Sintezza. She interprets her music in English, German and Romanes. She also lends her voice to film and TV as a dubbing singer and voiceover artist. Tayo studied German and Multimedia. She is a board member of RomaniPhen e.V. and a member of the IniRromnja. She deals with the topics education, history and the civil rights movement. In 2017 she published the documentary “Phral mende – Wir über uns. Perspectives of Sinti and Roma in Germany”. Tayo is also politically involved in various Communities of Colour. Further information can be found at and
Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez is professor of sociology at the Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen. Her teaching and research focuses on issues of global inequalities and their local expression, particularly in Germany, Spain and the UK. She is also interested in (post)Marxist and decolonial perspectives on feminist and queer epistemology and its application in the fields of migration, labour and culture. She is currently working on affective labour/materialities, institutional racism, racist capitalism and the coloniality of migration. She is a member of the advisory board of “Wagadu. A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies” and the Research Group on Migration and Human Rights. She is also editor of the series Anthem Studies in Decoloniality and Migration.
Nicola Lauré al-Samarai is a historian and cultural scientist. Her areas of interest include Black and Diaspora studies, Critical Race Feminism(s), concepts of creolisation and poetics of relationship, and decolonising memory and cultural policies in the context of intersectionality and experience. She works as author, editor, mediator and curator. She was involved in the following projects, among others: Labor 89: Andere Perspektiven auf die Wendezeit (2019/2020), Grenzgänger*innen: Schwarze und Osmanische Präsenzen in der Metropole Berlin um 1700 (2018/2019), Decolonize ’68 (2018), conzepte. Neue Fassungen politischen Denkens (2010/2011), Homestory Deutschland. Schwarze Biografien in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2005–2012).
Fatima El-Tayeb is professor of literature and ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego. In her work, she focuses on the deconstruction of structural racism in “colour-blind” Europe and centres resistance strategies among racialised communities. In addition to numerous articles, she has published UnDeutsch. The Construction of the Other in Postmigrant Society (transcript 2016), Anders Europäisch. Rassismus, Identität und Widerstand im vereinten Europa (University of Minnesota Press 2011) and Schwarze Deutsche. Der Diskurs um „Rasse“ und nationale Identität 1890– 1933 (Campus 2001).

New Perspectives on Memory(ies).Narratives.Future

From: “Decolonial Tours” ( © Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Foto: Jule Roehr

July 5th and 6th 2018

In this two-day symposium current social conditions in Berlin and Germany will be looked at  investigated & discussed from a decidedly historical perspective. More precisely, current racism and other forms of socially and institutionally produced exclusions and discriminations as well as resistance against them will be looked at and analysed in retrospective. The question of the role of archiving and documentation within the context of resistance strategies that are critical of racism and discrimination as well as anti- and decolonial movements will be central; and ‘looking back’ the basis and point of departure for potential prospects for the future within this context. Among others the following questions will be raised:

  • Do we have to find new forms of interventions, forming alliances and strategies of action for dealing with discrimination, hatred, and other politically motivated violence in all its forms?
  • What can we learn from past experiences and practices?
  • How can memory simultaneously provide a perspective for the future?
  • And what role does the cooperation of academics, activists, artists,… across several generations play in this regard?

Not least the symposium should  show how far a historical perspective can provide approaches for  better understanding and a more precise analysis of current social conditions and  at the same time hint at possibilities for solutions and range of action.  Above that, this symposium is also intended as an attempt to highlight the violent colonial history of archival storage and break through it with counter narratives.

We are looking forward to a keynote round with Nikita Dhawan, Fatima El-Tayeb and Macarena Gómez-Barris. Chair: Emilia Roig

Further information regarding the programme:

An event by: xart splitta e.V.

In cooperation with and held at:

Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstraße. Urbanstraße 21, 10961 Berlin. Directions:

Funded by:

Senate Department for Culture and Europe

With the friendly support of:

Decolonising Arts and Visual Culture

What exactly does decolonisation in art mean? How can art be perceived as a medium through and with which processes of decolonisation are initiated? This is important for producers as well as recipients of art, who thus may be encouraged to develop new perspectives.

What role do own artistic and cultural interventions of Black artist and artists of Colour play in analysing cultures of remembrance in Germany and Europe – especially while coming to terms with and overcoming the traumata connected to these? What significance do artistic interventions nowadays have for societal self-perception and political activism? The existences of colonial continuities is again very visible nowadays and reminds us how important any form of anti-colonial anti-racist resistance remains.
It is these questions we would like to explore in this series. With the help of several different events we will approach these topics theoretically as well as performatively.


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Evening Events:

Kick-off event: 10th June, 7 p.m.: Opening of the exhibition ‘Blowback’

by Rajkamal Kahlon. Accompanied by a lecture and artist-talk by and with Sandrine Micossé-Aikins.
In cooperation with the OKK – Organ of Critical Arts. The event will take place in the OKK: okk/room 29, Prinzenallee 29, 13359 Berlin-Wedding. Rajkamal Kahlon’s work online (Wheelchair accessible with a ramp)


In recent years German cultural institutions, especially theatres have been heavily criticised for their use of racist artistic means. Mostly those critical interventions have been labeled overly “aggressive”, “violent” and not seldomly even as “censorship”. The violence inherent in racist imagery and stories is rarely recognized as such. Their role as triggers or at least justification for actual physical violence against racialized bodies remains largely overlooked. Based on Rajkamal Kahlon’s exhibition “Blowback”, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins will talk about the potential, possibilities, challenges and limits of cultural work as a tool of (decolonial) resistance.

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Duration of exhibition: June 10th – July 10th. Opening hours okk: Thursday-Sunday 3-7pm.

Audio recording Kick-Off

16th June, 7 p.m.: Lecture and performance: Making Knowledge Archives of Black People and People of Colour Visible

Lecture by Rena Onat with a performance by Serfiraz Vural.

In her input Rena Onat will take a painting by the Artist of Colour Sunanda Mesquita as a starting point, for talking about how, – through art – Black/PoC (queer-) feminist perspectives and knowledge archives are made visible. Or better still: How (queer) feminist Black Artists and artists of Colour use art for processes of queering and decolonising in a way, that does not only provide resistance against racism and heteronormativity but at the same time entails a utopian potential in the sense of José Esteban Munoz’ concepts/terms of Utopia and Queer Futurity. Making knowledge archives visible or claiming authorship over knowledge created by Black People and People of Colour springing from reflexions on experiences of racism and white supremacy, is a central theme in Sunanda Mesquitas  painting „Silenced by Academia“. Besides this though, the work also refers to the possibilites of radical utopian (queer) feminist Black/PoC Collectivity/Community and solidarity.

24th June, 6pm: Open Studio with Rajkamal Kahlon

Within the context of Kolonie Wedding

26th June, 7pm: Artist-Talk from and with Rajkamal Kahlon

(Eng.), Location: OKK – organ of critical arts. Within the context of Kolonie Wedding

22nd September, 6pm: In the Breaks – Decolonising Popular Music

Soundinstallation and Input by Janine Jembere and Sky Deep with following Artist Talk. (Eng.)

In dialogue through records of heroines, one hit wonders and music business saboteurs we’ll tune in to the sonic aspects of resistance against opression, refusal of the status quo and revolts in all volumes. Through listening and answering to musical approaches of the political, we’ll ask how different expressions of social struggle can be aligned with the quest for decolonization.
The evening is tracing different sonic strategies across a history of (mostly) North Atlantic music. Celebrating songs that aim at empowering, collective analysing, voicing brokenness, breaking and mobilizing. In the breaks is the space and time that will be shared and dedicated to the sounds of sorrow, rage, courage and joy.

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6th October, 6pm: Decolonising Art and Visual Culture – Reconstructing Homelands Through Writing

Talk and performance with Sinthujan Varatharaja and Garunya Karunaharamoorthy followed by audience discussion.

Following the destruction of the Jaffna Library in 1981 as part of a Sri Lankan state-led strategy of war and genocide against Eelam Tamil people, much of Eelam Tamil literary production has been concerned with the violence inflicted upon Tamil bodies and its tragic aftermaths. Today, more than a third of Eelam Tamils have been displaced from their homeland and live in exile across Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. This includes renowned writers and other critical artists who sought refuge in unfamiliar landscapes. Exile has, however, also given birth to a new generation of writers and narrative styles that have shaken up the Tamil literature world. What does exile then mean for Eelam Tamil people and their rich literary body?

In this session, Garunya Karunahamoorthy and Sinthujan Varatharajah interrogate how statelessness affects the contemporary literary existence of Eelam Tamils as a displaced people and what challenges exile produces for storytelling.

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20th October, 6pm: Artificial Irruptions: A Journey to Emancipation

Live Video-Performance von Rima Najdi & Zara Zandieh (Eng.)

A typographical journey of the heart emancipated herself from the brain.

The heart says:

“You pretend to know. You pretend that the brain makes your daily decisions. Rationality is not only considered “civilized” but also a Eurocentric way of putting everything in relation to one another and shaping constellations within this planet. Shaping how your positioning and perspectives, your values and morals, your belief systems and identities are related to everything.

Do you believe you know? Are you more in control when you trust your rational decisions and thoughts?”

She whispers: “I will show you a secret you already know.”

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03. November, 18h: Resisting Invisibilities: Performing (De)Colonialities

Performance mit Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro (Eng.)

Risk is essential in the concept & practice of democracy because it defines the moment when one chooses to make images or chooses to live them”

Bikoro uses live art practices and digital photography story-telling to create living and performative archives contesting the nature of our cultures, histories and identity. Her research is a decolonial time-machine reacting to sense-memory and political landscapes to create Human Monuments about spaces and peoples across all cultures to re-invent memorial post colonial gestures towards freedom. These narratives are based on true stories and meander with visual fictions.

Bikoro is a conceptual artist from the region of Woleu-Ntem in Gabon and is presently based in Berlin. The crossing of creative disciplines reframes her work in various formats within visual cultural discourses, continuously attempting relations with the context and site in which she is operating. She reframes the contextualisation of creative multi-disciplinarity through the process of collaboration with Theatre of the Oppressed (theatre of decolonisation from Brasil), and Squat Monuments, a developing theoretical practice by Bikoro on decolonising histories and literatures in public space as forms of resistance, protest and community archive. Some of her recent collaborators are with Berlin Tempelhof Refugee Centre, ETEO Black Diaspora School, Manière Noire Gallery, Kuringa Theatre (Anastacia Laboratory & Theatre of the Oppressed), Savvy Contemporary, Gallerie Wedding, AfricAvenir, HAU Berlin & District Shöneberg.

She is an Associate Lecturer in Political Visual Cultures, Philosophy & Fine Arts and is curatorial director of Squat Museum centered around visual arts methods of decolonisation across cultures and geographies such as Brazil, Canada, Mexico, China, India & Africa. She also directs curatorial and artistic projects such as Future Monuments, Squat Monuments, and LAB Encounters Laboratory of Live Art in Senegal.

Her current visual curatorial projects include Future Monuments, Meeting U.F.O’s Performance & Film, Squat Museum (Latin America & West Africa), Live Art Biennale Encounters Senegal, Anastacia Laboratory for African Women and Squat Monuments at District Berlin where she is currently on an artist residency research producing her first sci-fi feature film on decolonial histories on Berlin Tempelhof. # # #

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Closing Event: 18th November, 6pm: Visibility or Opacity: how can one create art that fails to denounce the inhumanity of the bourgeois ideology?

Installation/Performance by RajuRage:

Join Raju Rage for a performative presentation and interactive conversation about legacy, unarchiving, femininity, queerness and the politics of art.

Raju Rage’s work interrogates the ways in which history and memory, in/visibility and the affect of politics, space, symbolism, stereotypes, ethnic codes, ideology and gazes impact the body, with a focus on race, class and gender.

They work in live art, performance, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on de-con-structive techniques of resistance such as interruption, confusion, disturbance. They primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of assemblage and embodiment.

Closing panel:

With Rena Onat, RajuRage, Sunanda Mesquita and Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro (Eng.)

In Cooperation with Stadtteilzentrum-Familiengarten/Aile Bahçesi des Kotti e.V., Oranienstraße 34, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg. (Wheelchair accessible)

Impulse Workshops:

7th July, 5pm: Noah Sow: “Out of Control”: Artist Presentation – Impulses and Exchange

This event is explicitly directed at Black People and People of Colour.

Noah Sow is well known as an author. Her Works in the field of Fine Arts are however equally remarkable. Multimedia installations, short films, audio art, digital conceptual art and performance are just some of the methods of her choice. On this day Noah Sow will be presenting some of her works. Noah Sow’s philosophy is to produce in as multifaceted a way as possible, so that all persons from the diasporas can choose their own level of approach.

Her work deals with decolonisation, pop, empowerment, resilience, changing of the gaze, Black art and media. After the presentation there will be space for questions and exchange.

For a teaser of Noah Sow’s work pls. visit:

After the talk there will be a possiblity for exchange with Noah Sow for Black People and People of Colour involved in arts and visual culture.

We would like to ask you to please register for the second part of the evening under: with a 1-2 sentences regarding your artistc field and/or current artistic. interest.

The event will be held in German and is free of charge. Deadline for registration: June 30th 2016.

If necessary we can provide Eng. translation and would ask you to contact us for this under: 

17th November, 5pm: RajuRage: Re-Mapping Art and Creativity

Please register under: with a few sentences regarding your motivation for taking part in the workshop.
The workshop will be held in English and is free of charge. Deadline for registration: 15th Nov. 2016

A workshop to share and map creative resources that address race/ism in arts curriculum. we will create our own creative visual map and locating our own art histories.

Who are the artists that inspire you?

Who are your favourite artists/creatives/collectives?

Which histories are you/we not taught about?

A creative workshop exploring various decolonial and accountability processes and work. This workshop will creatively explore surviving and thriving in and out of the art school as black and people of colour artists and creatives. Using the ‘Surviving the Art School’ Publication, produced by Collective Creativity and Nottingham Contemporary, an art collective that Raju Rage is a part of, as well as several other pedagogy resources, as a starting point in order to gain insight into what it visually entails to map our own histories of art. please bring resources to share with the group.

Concept & Curation: Iris Rajanayagam (From Aug. 2016 on parental leave)
Coordination from Aug 2016: Mai Zeidani Yufanyi
Flyer Artwork by Rajkamal Kahlon (from the series “Blowback”)


In Cooperation with:

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Short bios of participating persons

Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro: conceptual artist presently based in Berlin. Bikoro reframes the contextualisation of creative multi-disciplinarity through the process of collaboration with Theatre of the Oppressed (theatre of decolonisation from Brasil), and Squat Monumuents, a developing theoretical practice by Bikoro on decolonising histories and literatures in public space as forms of resistance, protest and community archive.

Sky Deep: Producer, DJ and performer. In her work and music Sky Deep engages primarily with the topics black music, postcolonial theory within the context of music and production of musical knowledge and was recently involved in the project ‘female:pressure’ presented during the CTM.

Janine Jembere: works in various constellations on performances, radio features, interventions and films. Lately realised, together with Michael Götting, the inclusive performance ‚Decolonize Bodies! Minds! Perceptions!’ at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and together with Yara Spaett the performance project ‚Female Gaze’. Currently she researches sensual hierarchies as a Ph.D. Student in Vienna.

Rajkamal Kahlon: Artist and educator. Kahlon’s drawings, paintings and performative installations employ overlapping strategies of critical aethetics and absurd humour in order to interrupt the pedagogical function of texts and images that can be found in historical and contemporary colonial archives. Kahlon’s works were exhibited in Berlin among others in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Wilhelm Hack Museum and the NGBK.

Garunya Karunaharamoorthy: studied Franco-German and European Studies in Berlin (FU Berlin), Paris (Sciences Po, Sorbonne-Nouvelle) and London (LSE) and holds a diploma in Tamil (TBV) as well as in Carnatic music (OFAAL), and is a trained Bharathanatyam dancer. Garunya Karunaharamoorthy is executive editor at Lexxion Publisher and teacher at Tamilische Bildungsvereinigung e.V. in Berlin.

Sunanda Mesquita is a visual artist, educator and film maker. Currently she is studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with an emphasis on Education in the Arts and Video & Video Installation. Influenced by DuBoi’s concept of „double-consiousness”, she deals with issues of citizenship, belonging and concepts of home. As part of her artistic practice she leads workshops in schools and universities with a focus on empowerment of Students of Colour, the critical interrogation of epistemic violence in knowledge production and the mediation of history. Since 2014 she is deputy chair of the Equal Opportunities Team at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

Sandrine Micossé-Aikins: Curator and Arts scientist and activist. She looks into racism and empowermen tin arts, the  efficacy of colonial images, body politics as well as represenation and participation in the German arts and culture scene. Since may 2016 managing director of  “Berliner Projektfonds kulturelle Bildung”

Rima Najdi: performance artist currently based in Berlin. She works across disciplines including performance, video, installation and design. Najdi has a Diploma in Dramatic Arts (2008) from High Arts Institute, Lebanese University, Beirut, and an MA in Performance Studies (2011) from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, U.S.A.

Rena Onat: is currently working on her Ph.D. thesis entitled ‘Strategies of Resistance, Empowerment and of survival in the work of queer artists of Colour within the German context’. She is Assistant Professor in the area of media science at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK). Her research interest is the interface of Visual Culture Studies and Queer of Colour Critique

RageRaju: interdisciplinary artist and creative-critical author RajuRage acts proactively with regard to elaborating space, self-representation and self-empowerment and in this connection uses art and activism as well as their combination in order to address and discuss topics like diaspora, racism and transdiscrimination.

Noah Sow: artist, author, producer, lecturer, media profesional , theorist, activist, motivational speaker. Focus: Art critical media analysis, constructions of normality as well as analysis and praxis of decolonisation and fighting racism and decolonisation.

Sinthujan Varatharajah: is a doctoral student in Political Geography at University College London. His analysis the spatial politics of asylum and refugee resistance to encampment in Germany. He holds a MSc. from the LSE in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonialism and works as a project coordinator and community manager for Flüchtlinge Willkommen (Refugees Welcome) in Berlin.

Serfiraz Vural: socioligist and theater pedagogue. Currently she is studying performance studies at the University of Hamburg (MA). She works as Empowerment- and anti-racism trainer. Her working fields are amongst others Bodies in Resistance and decolonisation of the body.

Zara Zandieh: Zara Zandieh: works as an independent filmmaker and camerawoman in Berlin. She studied cinematography at the film school “filmArche” in Berlin and is currently working on her graduation film. She gives workshops, works as a cinematographer, and makes different film and video formats for various organisations and customers. In her own films and artistic work she follows a minimalistic and poetic narrative approach and language, which invites the audience to take-up unfamiliar perspectives.
She completed her MA in Gender, Ethnic Studies and Sexualities at the University of East London in 2006.