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Starting point for the conversation are Theo Eshetu’s two video installations “The Return of the Axum Obelisk” and “The Festival of Sacrifice” presented in his current show at the daadgalerie, their real historical or religious background as well as Eshetu’s artistic approach of combining the perception and the imagination of the other with the formal language of experimental film and video installation.
The curator Koyo Kouoh is the founder and director of the RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, a mobile exhibition space for cultural practices and critical discourse in Dakar, Senegal. A specialist for photography, video and art in public space she curated mumerous exhibitions in international institutions, among them: »HOLLANDAISE: a journey into an iconic fabric«, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam; »Chronicle of a Revolt: photographs of a season of protest«, Raw Material Company and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Koyo Kouoh published several essays on contemporary art in Africa. She was an agent of dOCUMENTA13 in 2012 and has recently curated the educational and artistic program of the new Contemporary African Art Fair 1:54 in London in 2013.

Bonaventure Ndikung is a curator and founder and artistic director of the art space SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin. He is also the initiator and editor of the magazine SAVVY|art.contemporary.african, the first bi-lingual E-Journal for critical texts on contemporary African Art. As a freelance curator, artistic director or consultant he has worked internationally for numerous institutions and festivals in Germany, Britain, France and Kamerun. For a number of projects he collaborated with contemporary art institutions such as Tensta Konsthal Schweden, Berlinische Galerie, Goethe Institut, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Kunstraum Kreuzberg /Bethanien, Arsenal Berlin, 7. Berlin Biennale, dOCUMENTA 13 / Konrad Adenauer Stiftung or District Berlin.

Theo Eshetu (born 1958 in London) lives and works in Rome and Berlin. His works have been shown at the Venice Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the New York African Film Festival, the 2nd Video Biennial in Fukui, Japan, and many more. His films have won numerous awards, for example at the Berlin Video Festival, the International African Film Festival in Milan or the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. Eshetu has exhibited at the ICA, London, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the National Gallery of Canada, the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin and the National Gallery of Cape Town, South Africa among others. In 2011 his works were shown at the Sharjah Biennial and the Venice Biennale. In 2012 Theo Eshetu was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.


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