Entangled history is a fact. It is our great task to confront it in all its complexity and the racist mechanisms of exclusion that are still effective today. In doing so, it is important to develop visions for common possible futures together that take into account histories of violence, but also emphasize positive aspects and create space for imagination.
Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka is an art scholar, freelance writer and, since 2013, senior curator at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In her exhibitions, lectures, publications, and interdisciplinary projects, she addresses the issues of racism, memory culture, representation, and the decolonization of art and cultural practices in Europe and on the African continent. She is a member of the advisory board of the Initiative of Black people in Germany (ISD) and of TEXTE ZUR KUNST and founding member of the Neue Deutsche Museumsmacher*innen (a network of BIPoC museum practitioners in Germany). In addition, she has been and continues to be active on international juries, scientific panels, and search committees. She studied Economics in Heidelberg as well as Aesthetics/Media Theory, Philosophy, Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, where in 2015 she received her doctorate in art and media theory.
The lecture will be held in English.