Ifa gallery in Linienstraße has just opened a new exhibition: “The Space Between Us” – part of the Kulturtransfers exhibition series – showcases trans-African art. The exhibition reflects on the different artistic positions and cultural connections between African and African-German art.
“The Space Between Us” takes place in different locations: ifa gallery shows several works in its exhibition rooms, there is also a reading room and a wide range of activities including guided tours, film screening, workshops and thematic city walks through Berlin.
The gallery shows five installations: “Indian(er) Jones II” by Lisl Ponger from Austria, “Überarbeitung einer Vitrine aus “Kunst in Afrika” by Dierk Schmidt from Berlin, “Christa/Christopher” by Branwen Okpako from Nigeria, “The Tunnel VIII” by Serge Aain Nitegeka from Burundi and “Fragmented” by Satch Hoyt from the UK. “Fragmented” is especially good; scary and touching at the same time: fragments and shards of porcellain figurines that Hoyt found on different Berlin flea markets, used to create new figurines.
However, the exhibition also takes art into the public space: large-scale billboards in different Berlin neighbourhood show photographic art works by different African artists. The billboards regularly change their location so the art migrates through Berlin – check out the list of locations on the ifa website!
The billboard photographers include Mansour Ciss Kanakassy from Senegal, Emmanuel Bakary Daou and Fatoumata Diabaté from Mali, Abrie Fourie, Musa Nxumalo and Thabiso Sekgala from South Africa, Guy Wouete from Senegal and Ayana V Jackson from the US.