Our website is under construction at the moment. Soon you will find more information on the current work at the archive, our education program and future projects!

Please check out our concept and the latest contributions to the F R A G M E N T S series of artistic interventions into the Colonial Neighbours archive.




MADRASSA: programme régional de formation aux pratiques curatoriales contemporaines

October 5 – 9th 2015, L’Atelier de l’Observatoire, Casablanca, Marocco

We are very honored to participate in this wonderful programme by L’Atelier de l’Observatoire and present the project Colonial Neighbours in Casablanca!

Pendant 5 jours, les participants assistent à des modules de formations, des rencontres, visites, présentations, études de cas et ateliers pratiques menés par des professionnels régionaux et internationaux, pour penser collectivement les pratiques curatoriales contemporaines.

Interventions: Yasmina Reggad, Antonia Alampi, Gallien Dejean, Hicham Khalidi, Bérénice Saliou, Chourouk Hriech, Lena Monnier, Olga Rozenblum, Filipa Ramos, Maud Houssais, Yasmina Naji, Karima Boudou et Soufiane Ababri, Elisabeth Piskernik, Abdelaziz Idrissi, Hind el Ayoubi, Lynhan Balatbat et Marleen Schröder
et la participation de Hans Ulrich Obrist.



Colonial Neighbours Filmscreening

June 28th 2015, SAVVY Contemporary
Screening of Les Statues Meurent Aussi (R: Alain Resnais, Chris Marker, Ghislain Cloquet, 1953, 30min)

Join us for a screening and roundtable discussion of Les statues meurent aussi by Alain Resnais and Chris Marker. We would like to use this screening as an opportunity to brainstorm the contextualization of objects, and to discuss other critical questions regarding the project Colonial Neighbours.

Les statues meurent aussi focuses on historical African artifacts and the distortions that occur when European colonizers take them into their own hands, turning them into lifeless objects that lose their original significance.


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Colonial Neighbours at  Visionary Archive Festival

May 28th 2015, Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin
Screening of Making of History (Constanze Fischbeck, Daniel Kötter, D 2012, Digital file, OmE, 48 min) with subsequent discussion.

Colonial Neighbours was invited to take part in the Visionary Archive Festival at Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. Visionary Archive is a combination of locally motivated research projects based on individual initiatives that examine highly disparate, largely unexplored collections of films in Berlin, Bissau, Johannesburg, Cairo and Khartoum. Colonial Neighbours embarked on a journey into Arsenal‘s collection of films. Constanze Fischbeck and Daniel Kötter‘s Making of History  serves them as a rich source for questions about the construction of memory.

For the festival program and more information, click here.


Colonial Neighbours featured on rbb Kulturradio

May 21st 2015, 07:04 – 07:30 pm

Radio Feature: KULTURTERMIN. Perspektiven aus Afrika: Das Visionary Archive im Berliner Kino Arsenal vorgestellt von Eckhard Weber.

On the occasion of our contribution to the Visionary Archive Festival (Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.), we were interviewed by rbb Kulturradio as part of a radio feature about the festival.


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Colonial Neighbours exhibition at Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesvertretung

Jan 20th 2015, 6-8pm at SAVVY Contemporary
Closing Event

Colonial Neighbours is a participatory archive and research project about Germany’s colonial history. During the last year the project was invited by the Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung / M.1 to present an exhibition at the representation of Land Schleswig-Holstein in Berlin. The project was presented from January 2014 until December 2014 within the conference rooms of the institution. The Arthur Boskamp foundation and the representation of the Land Schleswig Holstein and SAVVY Contemporary would like to cordially invite you to the closing event on the 20th of January.



Colonial Neighbours as part of WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884 – 2014. 

15th Nov 2014 – 26th Feb 2015, SAVVY Contemporary 
Exhibition curated by Simon Njami

November 2014 marks the 130th anniversary of the Berlin Congo Conference and the official partitioning of Africa by Western (European, North American and Ottoman) colonial forces – in absence of African representatives. It is against this backdrop that the exhibition WIR SIND ALLE BERLINER: 1884-2014 reminisces this determining moment in world and its severe and ongoing repercussions and history and reflects upon Berlin’s historical and contemporary bond to Africa. As part of the exhibition the project Colonial Neighbours was pleased to present a first „archival draft“ of its participatory archive project.


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Colonial Neighbours exhibition at Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesvertretung

Feb 13th 2014, 6.30pm
Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesvertretung, Ministergärten 8, 10117 Berlin
Exhibition Opening

Jan – Dec 2014

The project Colonial Neighbours aims at addressing gaps in Germany’s politics of memory and challenging dominant bodies of knowledge by creating an archive of German colonial history. The archive serves as an information space, in which art, politics and science come and work together. Personalization of history encourages the deconstruction of threadbare perspectives. Historical and contemporary everyday objects, memorabilia and other artefacts narrating the entangled histories of the imaginary geographies of Germany and its former colonies, should be collected and worked on.

On February 13, in cooperation with Michael Bonk, the artistic director of Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung / M.1 in Hohenlockstedt, SAVVY Contemporary presented a preview of the project Colonial Neighbours, coordinated by Lisa Hillers and Bonaventure Ndikung, at the “Seitenflügel Vernissage“ in Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesvertretung. The evening featured short interviews with the Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein Torsten Albig, curator Michael Bonk, and Ulrike Boskamp, the head of Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung/M.1


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