Freistaat Barackia: Landscapes of Liberation

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Opening: Friday, November 12, 2021 under 2G rules (Vaccinated, Convalescent), from 5 pm.
Greeting at 7 p.m. by the artistic directors

Artistic direction: Nyabinghi Lab (Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Tmnit Zere, Saskia Köbschall)

Artists: Khaled Barakeh, Rashida Bumbray, Chimurenga, Bintou Dembélé, Diana Ejaita, Ângela Ferreira, Claude Gomis, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Simone Leigh, Van Bo Le-Mentzel, Elsa M’bala, MIMIMI-space, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Pascale Obolo, Pinar Ögrenči, Maya Quilolo, Queering Common Space, Bahia Shehab, Oussama Tabti, Fetewei Tarekegn, Nasan Tur, Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio

This exhibition takes the history of Barackia (1870-1872), an independent free state founded over 150 years ago by migrant workers and disenfranchised urban dwellers in Kreuzberg, as a starting point to explore decolonial urbanism, resistance and solidarities. How are demands of equality interrelated with self-determined spaces in the past and present? How do free communities become laboratories for creative and visionary forms of collectivity? How can urban dwellings be designed in solidarity and equity? Barackia‘s seemingly local history is being intertwined with movements and self-determined spaces across five centuries in Berlin and beyond: The exhibition draws a connection between landscapes of liberation from Barackia to Weeksville (Brooklyn), from Congo Square (Louisiana) to Kalakuta Republic (Lagos), from Oranienplatz (Berlin) to the Quilombos dos Palmares (Brazil).

Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Ausstellungsfonds Kommunale Galerien.


Freistaat Barackia: Landscapes of Liberation

Eröffnung: Freitag, 12. November 2021 unter 2G-Regelungen (Geimpft, Genesen), ab 17 Uhr.
Begrüßung um 19 Uhr durch die künstlerischen Leiterinnen

Künstlerische Leitung: Nyabinghi Lab (Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Tmnit Zere, Saskia Köbschall)

Künstler:innen: Khaled Barakeh, Rashida Bumbray, Chimurenga, Bintou Dembélé, Diana Ejaita, Ângela Ferreira, Claude Gomis, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Simone Leigh, Van Bo Le-Mentzel, Elsa M’bala, MIMIMI-space, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Pascale Obolo, Pinar Ögrenči, Maya Quilolo, Queering Common Space, Bahia Shehab, Oussama Tabti, Fetewei Tarekegn, Nasan Tur, Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio

Die Ausstellung Freistaat Barackia: Landschaften der Befreiung erkundet dekolonialen Urbanismus, Widerstand und Solidarität aus der Perspektive der Geschichte von Barackia (1870-1872), einem unabhängigen Freistaat, der vor über 150 Jahren von Wanderarbeiter*innen und entrechteten Stadtbewohner*innen in Kreuzberg gegründet wurde. Wie sind Forderungen nach Gleichheit mit selbstbestimmten Räumen in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart verknüpft? Wie werden freie Gemeinschaften zu Laboratorien für kreative und visionäre Formen der Kollektivität? Wie können urbane Räume solidarisch und gerecht gestaltet werden? ​Die scheinbar lokale Geschichte von Barackia wird mit Bewegungen und selbstbestimmten Räumen aus fünf Jahrhunderten in Berlin und darüber hinaus verwoben: Die Ausstellung spannt einen Bogen zwischen Landschaften der Befreiung von Barackia bis Weeksville (Brooklyn), vom Congo Square (Louisiana) bis zur Kalakuta Republic (Lagos), vom Oranienplatz (Berlin) bis zu den Quilombos dos Palmares (Brasilien).

Unterstützt durch den Hauptstadtkulturfonds und dem Ausstellungsfonds Kommunale Galerien Berlin.

Khaled Barakeh
MUTE 2020
mixed media outside installation
photo by Thabo tindi

Diana Ejaita
Untitled 2021
Paper Cut Ink and digital
photo by Dani Hasrouni

Fetewei Tarekegn
In Search of Heavens Lost (Die GÄRTNEREI/CO-OP CAMPUS) 2015
mixed media installation
photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro

Fetewei Tarekegn
In Search of Heavens Lost (DIE GÄRTNEREI/CO-OP CAMPUS), 2015
mixed media installation
photo by David christian egert

Fetewei Tarekegn
In Search of Heavens Lost (DIE GÄRTNEREI/CO-OP CAMPUS), 2015
mixed media installation
photo by David christian egert

Fetewei Tarekegn
In Search of Heavens Lost (DIE GÄRTNEREI/CO-OP CAMPUS), 2015
mixed media installation

Bintou Dembélé
S/T/R/A/T/E/S , 2021
Digital Film
Photo: Dani Hasrouni

Bintou Dembélé
S/T/R/A/T/E/S , 2021
Digital Film
Photo: Dani Hasrouni

Chimurenga
Excerpts from Chimurengas practise as it relates to the Kalakuta Republic
2020
photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro

Chimurenga
Excerpts from Chimurengas practise as it relates to the Kalakuta Republic
2020
photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro

Claude gomis
Le Balais Magique 2021
mixed media installation
photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro

Claude gomis
Le Balais Magique 2021
mixed media installation
photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro

Khaled Barakeh
MUTE 2020
mixed media outside installation
photo by Thabo tindi

Mansour Ciss Kanakassy
Le Balai Citoyen, 2021
mixed media installation
photo by David christian egert

Mansour Ciss Kanakassy
Mens sana in corpore sano / Le Balai Citoyen, 2021
Film Projection
Photo: Dani Hasrouni

Maya Quilolo
Ago, 2021
mixed medias installation
photo by David christian egert

Maya Quilolo
Ago, 2021
mixed medias installation
photo by David christian egert

MIMIMI
space_Present Body, 2020
Performance Video, Courtesy of
photo by Dani Hasrouni

MIMIMI
space_Present Body, 2020
Performance Video, Courtesy of photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro

Nontsikelelo Mutiti
Chako ndechako kuseva unosiya muto
mixed media
photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro

Nontsikelelo Mutiti
Chako ndechako kuseva unosiya muto
mixed media
photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro

Oussama Tabti
PARLOPHONES_2020
installation
photo by Dani Hasrouni

Oussama Tabti
PARLOPHONES_2020
installation
photo by Thabo tindi

Pascale Obolo
Untitled 2021
M.m.installation & 2 digital films
photo by Thabo tindi

Pascale Obolo
Untitled 2021
M.m.installation & 2 digital films
photo by Dani Hasrouni

Queering Common Space
TELL ME BABY, 2021
video instllation
photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro

Simone Leigh
Free People’s Medical Clinic, 2014
video installation
photo by Thabo tindi

WeAreBornFree!Archive
Material from the Oranienplatz Occupation
2012-2014
photo by David christian egert

WeAreBornFree!Archive
Material from the Oranienplatz Occupation
2012-2014
photo by David christian egert

Rashida Bumbray
Braiding and Singing (a point), 2020
video installation
photo by Alena Trapp

Rashida Bumbray
Braiding and Singing (a point), 2020
video installation
photo by Anguezomo mba bikoro