COLONIAL OMISSIONS in Karlsruhe May 17-18, 2014


While with the end of the First World War,
German colonialism ended as real history,
it did not end as a fantasy and projected history.
(Dirk van Laak)

As a result of the Versailles Treaty, early on Germany became a “postcolonial state in a colonial world.” However until today, the country’s colonial history has not been adequately reflected in the public realm. Colonial Omissions is a two-day event which will interrogate the complex legacy of German colonialism. Partly neglected, partly considered a minor history, “colonial phantasies” have however been constitutive for modern German history. What does the German colonial past mean for Germany today and what marks has it left? How can this history be addressed? Through artistic contributions and a series of talks Colonial Omissions aims to offer a platform where these and further questions can be posed and discussed.

17 May 2014

14.00–18.00 | U-Max, Prinz-Max-Palais, Karlstr. 10
Opening of the exhibition Colonial Omissions with works by students of HfG Karlsruhe. Admission free.

18.00 | Lidellplatz
Inauguration of the monument Le héros invisible by Philipp Metz (Mémoires Perdues).

21.15 | Studio 3 Kinemathek Karlsruhe, Kaiserpassage 6
Screening of Lettow-Vorbeck. Der Deutsch-Ostafrikanische Imperativ (Christian Doermer, 1984) with an introduction by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Struck. 6,- €.

18 May 2014

11.00–17.00 | U-Max, Prinz-Max-Palais
Exhibition Colonial Omissions.

17.00–21.30 | U-Max, Prinz-Max-Palais
Performance & talks by Kapwani Kiwanga, Dr. Yvette Mutumba, Dr. Peter Pretsch and Heiko Wegmann. Admission free.

17–18 May, 2014
U-Max im Prinz-Max-Palais and Kinemathek Karlsruhe

Artistic contributions & a series of talks by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Struck (Universität Erfurt); Kapwani Kiwanga (artist, Paris), Dr. Yvette Mutumba (Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt), Dr. Peter Pretsch (Stadtmuseum Karlsruhe), Heiko Wegmann (Freiburg Postkolonial) und students of the HfG Karlsruhe (Lisa Bergmann, Rania Gaafar, Wataru Murakami, Elke Reinhuber, Natalia Schmidt, Karolina Sobel).

COLONIAL OMISSIONS is curated by Sara Giannini and Chiara Marchini Camia as part of the project Mémoires Perdues and the Europäische Kulturtage 2014.