Oct 26–28, 2023

Workshop »P(r)ossession Pedagogies«

With Collective Conversations, BIPoC Reading Circles, Video Journeys, Communal Dinners, Listening Installations & DJ-Sets

Date: Oct 26, 2023, 18:00 Uhr

Duration: Oct 26–28, 2023

Location: Projektraum Römerstraße, Römerstraße 2, 70178 Stuttgart

Location: Prisma Bad Cannstatt, Bahnhofstr. 14–18, 70372 Stuttgart

Location: Meeting point at the StadtPalais – Museum für Stuttgart, Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 2, 70173 Stuttgart


The event will be held in English.

P(r)ossession Pedagogies is an invitation to engage with the history of colonial relations between Namibia and Germany, while also introducing new artistic approaches that reflect on these histories. The three-day event, which is curated by the Namibian historian and artist Memory Biwa, marks the culmination of a journey to sites of remembrance that commenced in Namibia in July 2023 and now concludes in Stuttgart.

In collaboration with artists who participated in the residency program bridging Namibia and Germany, a collaborative initiative between Akademie Schloss Solitude, Goethe-Institut Namibia and the National Art Gallery of Namibia, we aim to contemplate the pivotal role that contemporary art can play in acknowledging and redressing colonial legacies, and shaping a future founded on solidarity.

With: Gifty Amoateng, Memory Biwa, Farina Görmar, Chantal Magano Kambrude, Miriam Chebaibai Koch, Hage Nasheotwalwa Mukwendje, Vitjitua Ndjiharine, Faisal Osman, Yara Richter, Keith Bernard Stonum, Banu Çiçek Tülü und Keith Vries



6 pm

Welcome & Opening with Memory Biwa

In the first part of their journey, which Memory Biwa and the artists of the project began together in Namibia, the group followed the traces of the German genocide of the Herero and Nama at the beginning of the 20th century. At the project space Römerstraße, the fellows of the Namibia Residency Program will show first fragments and materials that were created in the course of this journey and during their stay in Namibia.

Where: Projektraum Römerstraße 2A


7 pm

Roundtable discussion

with the artists Hage Nasheotwalwa Mukwendje, Banu Çiçek Tülü, Miriam Chebaibai Koch and Gifty Amoateng about the origin and themes of their works.

There will be a Black Awareness Team.

Followed by snacks, drinks & music.

Where: Projektraum Römerstraße 2A

3 to 5 pm

P(r)ossession Pedagogies with Faisal Osman

Discover and discuss Stuttgart’s colonial heritage in the framework of a city tour to different locations in the city center

Meeting point: StadtPalais – Museum für Stuttgart

7 pm

How do collective memories inform artistic practices and methods?

The artists* of the Namibia project talk about the role of contemporary art in memory and decolonization work. With a presentation by Abiye Okujagu and live online presentations by fellows Chantal Magano Kambrude and Keith Vries.

There will be a Black Awareness Team.

Followed by snacks, drinks & music.

Where: Projektraum Römerstraße 2A

10 am to 4 pm

BIPoC Reading Circle

We invite Black and Indigenous people and People of Color to read texts by contemporary witnesses of the German genocide in Namibia and to engage in conversation about those texts. Together with the historian and activist Memory Biwa and the artists of the Namibia project we want to reflect on colonial continuities in today’s Namibia and Germany.

There will be a Black awareness team.
Please register for the reading circle at namibia-program@akademie-solitude.de!

Where: Projektraum Römerstraße 2A

6 pm

Panel discussion on »Radical Black Solidarities«

How can sustainable structures be created to build anti-racist and anti-colonial alliances between activists, artists and art mediators? What role can contemporary art play in educational processes and decolonization? What new methods do we need to develop to implement Black Radical Solidarities across contexts?

With Memory Biwa, Farina Görmar, Miriam Chebaibai Koch, Hage Nasheotwalwa Mukwendje, Yara Richter und Keith Bernard Stonum

There will be a Black Awareness Team.

Where: Prisma Bad Cannstatt

8 pm

Communal Dinner at Commons Kitchen 

with PataconObi

Where: Prisma Bad Cannstatt

From 10 pm

DJ-Sets with Banu Çiçek Tülü and DJ AfroPunk

Where: Prisma Bad Cannstatt

The event takes place in cooperation with the Coordination Office Remembrance Culture of the city of Stuttgart. It is financially supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg as part of the Namibia Initiative of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

With special thanks to Fläche e. V. and Ateliergemeinschaft Bahnhofstraße e. V.