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The performance artist David Dibiah questions the Africa collections and their presentation in the recently opened Ethnologisches Museum. What is contained in public spaces and display cabinets like these? What truths must be uncovered? What lies are still being told today? Together with the audience and in alternating rhythms consisting of rap, prayer, commemorative proclamations, melodies and poetry recitals a protest sound is created that is deeply meaningful while demanding: No object without permission!

The performance enables visitors to gain a new perspective on the history of the objects, their presence speaks to them on an emotional level. Instead of the greed for knowledge and collection hoarding, which characterised the motivation of the colonial collectors, it is about intensifying compassion and wisdom.



David Dibiah

Godo Richard Wäntig

Performance: It lies in public spaces
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum