The Little Book of Big Visions

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Ein bislang einzigartige Antwort auf dem (institutionellen) Rassismus im deutschen Kunst- und Kultursektor.

Sandrine Micossé-Aikins / Sharon Dodua Otoo (Hg.)
The Little Book of Big Visions
How to Be an Artist and Revolutionize the World
In englischer Sprache
Reihe: Witnessed Band 1
farbig, Broschur, 142×205 mm
158 Seiten, 14.80 Euro
ISBN 978-3-942885-31-7 | WG 973
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Inhalt
Schwarze Künstler_innen in Deutschland befinden sich – notwendigerweise – in einer Position, in der double consciousness, Subversivität und Widerstand – sowohl implizit als auch explizit – zu wichtigen Strategien werden, die es erlauben, in diesem überwiegend weißen Umfeld überleben zu können. The Little Book of Big Visions. How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World, die erste Publikation der englischsprachigen Reihe Witnessed, beantwortet die Fragen, wie wahrlich egalitäre Gemeinschaften und Gesellschaften aussehen könnten und welche Rolle Schwarze Kulturschaffende in der Verwirklichung solcher Visionen spielen. Wie würden Schwarze künstlerische Praxen innerhalb solch visionärer Gemeinwesen aussehen? Was befindet sich jenseits von Reaktion und Widerstand?

Dieses Buch möchte einen Beitrag zu einem in Deutschland unterrepräsentierten Diskurs leisten, indem es eine Diskussion der aktuellen Situation Schwarzer Kulturschaffender in Deutschland ermöglicht und einen Fokus darauf legt, wie zeitgenössische Schwarze Kulturschaffende in Deutschland Visionen von Chancengleichheit schaffen und kommunizieren.

Mit Beiträgen von:
Jamika Ajalon, Bibiana Arena, Mo Asumang, Sonia Elizabeth Barrett, Misa Dayson, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Gyavira Lasana, Stephen Lawson, Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, Caille Millner, Yvette Mutumba, Sharon Dodua Otoo und Alexander G. Weheliye.

Sandrine Micossé-Aikins & Sharon Dodua Otoo
Sandrine Micossé-Aikins ist Malerin, Konzeptkünstlerin und Kuratorin und lebt in Berlin. Sandrine Micosse-Aikins war 2008-2010 Projektleiterin der Veranstaltungsreihe Re/Positionierung – Critical Whiteness/Perspectives of Color und Co-Kuratorin des Workshops sowie der Ausstellung prét-a-partager.

Sharon Dodua Otoo ist Schwarze Britin – Mutter, Aktivistin, Autorin und Herausgeberin der englischsprachigen Buchreihe „Witnessed“ in der edition assemblage. „the things i am thinking while smiling politely“, ihre erste Novelle, erschien kürzlich in der edition assemblage (2012). Sharon lebt, lacht und arbeitet in Berlin.

—ENGLISH

Sandrine Micossé-Aikins / Sharon Dodua Otoo (Ed.)
The Little Book of Big Visions
How to Be an Artist and Revolutionize the World
Series: Witnessed, Edition 1
Paperback, 142×205 mm
158 Seiten, 14.80 Euro
ISBN 978-3-942885-31-7 | WG 973
To be published in October 2012
order

 

Content

German theatres still have almost exclusively white ensembles and Afro-German visual artists continue to struggle for recognition free of labels like “African” or “migrant” – even in 2012. “The Little Book of Big Visions: How to be an Artist and Revolutionize the World,” edited by Sandrine Micossé-Aikins and Sharon Dodua Otoo, discusses the current situation of Black artists in Germany and presents their visions for equality in text and image form. This results in an innovative work engaging in a discourse reaching far beyond concepts of “integration” or “migration” – or even “race” or “equality” themselves. This anthology is aimed primarily at Black cultural producers living and working in Germany, as well as those who reside in English-speaking contexts throughout the diaspora. However, this book is also aimed at everyone who has an interest in revolutionizing the contemporary art scene in Germany and ensuring that it finally begins to be truly reflective of its actual and future populations.

Sandrine Micossé-Aikins

The painter and conceptual artist Sandrine Micossé-Aikins deals with questions concerning identity and belonging, exclusion and (self) empowerment. Starting from her experience as a Togolese-German artist, who studied and worked in Mauritius, among other places, she combines various art forms to question facets of identity, ascriptions and unequal power relations. In 2008/09 she co-curated and supervised the project Prèt-à-Partager for the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations. Sandrine Micossé-Aikins completed the Master program “Art in Context” at the University of Arts in Berlin.

Sharon Dodua Otoo

Sharon Dodua Otoo is a Black British mother, activist, actress, author and editor of the book series “Witnessed.” Her first novella “the things i am thinking while smiling politely” was published in February 2012 (edition assemblage). In all aspects of Sharon’s work, empowerment plays a key role. Following completion of her BA degree in German and Management Studies (Royal Holloway, University of London), Sharon worked in various consultancy roles in London and Brighton in the area of anti-racism, race equality and corporate social responsibility. She now lives, laughs and works in Berlin.

With contributions from:
Jamika Ajalon, Bibiana Arena, Sonia Elizabeth Barrett, Misa Dayson, Asoka Esuruoso, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Gyavira Lasana, Stephen Lawson, Caille Millner, Yvette Mutumba and Alex Weheliye.

SAVE THE DATE! The Witnessed Series will be launched in Berlin on Sunday, 30th September!
More details to follow…watch this space!

 

Book Reading

Now online! Film Recording of the Launch of Witnessed

Kleines Buch der großen Visionen” – Münstersche Zeitung. Pressebeicht zur Veranstaltung im Dezember 2012

Witnessed – Forthcoming Readings Spring 2013 | Readings by Black Authors (in English)

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