Sunday 13.06.2021, 6pm - 7.30pm, meeting point in the garden of Changing Room
WALKING, TALKING AND TAKING IN
A guided tour through the African Quarter with the artist Akinbode Akinbiyi followed by an artist talk
“Starting at Changing Room, we will walk together through the African Quarter. In the process, I will explain individual chapters of the neighbourhood’s history in detail. I will focus on the colonial-era idea to establish a zoo and a human show at the dune, which still exists in Wedding, as well as the first street names and the housing developments in the founding years, the subsequent Bauhaus buildings and the counter-movement of fascist architectural designs that arose shortly thereafter. The tour will go up to the northern part of the neighbourhood and then back through the Schreber garden colonies and the more modern post-war areas, eventually arriving back at the original meeting point.
During the tour, the acts of telling, explaining and talking while walking, and, most importantly, inwardly absorbing the space, its atmospheres and moods are dear to me.—Akinbode Akinbiyi, Berlin March 2021
Akinbode Akinbiyi shares his subjective perspectives, emotions, and historical facts about the African Quarter, the street names, and other locations in Berlin, which relate to former German colonialism on the African con- tinent. By looking at the photographs, we get an insight into Akinbiyi's poetic and personal photographic strategy.