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Vinyago* combines the elements exhibition, dance, music and videoart to an room-filling, immersive installation. Thereby, the East African mask collection of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin serves as a starting point for questions on memory, colonialism and white supremacy. Objects that were initially used in a spiritual, performative context are now interpreted as captives of scientific practice - sterilised, categorised and locked away from human interaction.

Keyvisual Shooting Vinyago
Keyvisual Shooting Vinyago 2021 Nicholas Calvin Mwakatobe

In this project, dancers and musicians from Tanzania interact with these objects in a space that comes with its own burden: The Humboldt Forum is considered the architectural and institutional symbol of nationalism, whiteness and imperialism by many in this project. As a black body entering such a space to perform, the necessity of reflecting on power, violence and race is a must. 

Vinyago questions and reflects Germany’s colonial legacy. In doing so it doesn’t aim to provide answers but rather looks back - explores the explorer, gazes at the gazer and thereby unmasks museum as spaces with a violent history.

*Mask in Swahili

After the conclusion of the performances, the installation will be accessible until 08.01.2022.

- Exhibition foyer
- Price 16,00 EUR / reduced 8,00 EUR
- Installation: German, English, Swahili
- No language is required for the dance performance. The follow-up discussion will be held in English

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