A performative archive at different locations in Tempelhof and Kreuzberg starting with the transfer of material from the exhibition Squat Monument: Introduction to a Decolonial Atlas into the mobile kiosk by Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat (Squat Monument)



Photo: Emma Haugh

Friday, 30. September, 19 h

Finissage at Tempelhof Museum, Alt Mariendorf 43, 12107 Berlin

Saturday, 1. Oktober, 13 – 19 h

Meeting points:
13 h: Sarotti Café, Mehringdamm 57
15:30 h: Tempelhofer Feld Entrance at S-Bahn Tempelhof
18 h: District Berlin

In the frame of the exhibition TRÜMMERBERG KILIMANJARO, the Kiosk Culture Decolonial Archives Tour investigates the colonial debris that nurtured the economic and political identity of Berlin since the turn of the century. Reconsidering specific spaces in the Tempelhof neighborhood as monuments of colonial memory, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro’s and Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat’s ongoing project Squat Monument engages with the experiences of people whose bodies and voices have been made invisible overtime. With the trajectory of the archive through urban space, a decolonial landscape of trade culture and cinema production in the early 20th century is being re-assembled through interventions, film displays, workshops and performances.

Kiosk Culture is inspired by the System of Debrouillardise (after Robert Neuwirth), a term pirated from French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean that translates as ingenuity economy, the economy of improvisation and self-reliance and that draws critical parallels with the histories of resistance movements in cinema in East and West Africa in the 60s and 70s. Cinematic images were on show transiting through rural villages in movable vans to display propaganda colonial films in the 50s. Later colonial opposition movements transformed this specific format into a decolonial method of independence in particular in Namibia, and other former German and Portuguese colonies, by showing their own movies. This would change the political economical landscapes by deconstructing anthropological traditions produced by local migratory and displaced communities to re-assemble spaces of unification.

Kiosk Culture is a moving hub that investigates this strategy in order to re-assemble spaces of unification within the urban migratory spaces of Tempelhof. By turning a van into a performative archive that gathers knowledge, memories and peoples of local communities, the Kiosk attempts to project the anti-thesis of a museum display and to transform our relationship to local space.

Kiosk Culture Decolonial Archives Tour takes its departure from the Museum Tempelhof on the evening of the 30th September, at the occasion of the finissage of their exhibition Squat Monument: Introduction to a Decolonial Atlas.

Based on their research on Marienhöhe and its connection to the making of colonial propaganda movies by the local UFA cinema studios, the artists have reclaimed erased narratives to insert them into the permanent historical exhibition. After a live performance, a procession of objects and artworks will be placed in the kiosk van.

The following day (Saturday 1st of October from 1pm), the movable archival museum tours the neighborhood inviting audiences and passersby to enter in dialogue with the artists and participate in collective actions at 3 stops. The first stop is at Sarotti Höfe, the outlet of the Sarotti chocolate factory, which marketed their products under the logo of the Black Moor since 1918. From Sarotti the Kiosk moves to Tempelhof airport, which was built between 1937 and 1941 and nominated a a aaas a site of aircraft and weapon manufacturing production based on forced labor during National Socialism. In the fields in front of the former airport building the artists offer a kite workshop based on their exploration of decolonial feminists in the anti-colonial resistance movements organized between Berlin, Cameroon and Namibia. The trajectory ends at Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro’s and Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat’s exhibition Trümmerberg Kilimanjaro within the framework of Undisciplinary Learning. Remapping The Aesthetics of Resistance.