Decolonizing 68

03/04/2018 — 27/10/2018

Kathleen Cleaver talks at Universität Frankfurt 1971 © Barbara Klemm, Frankfurt a. M.

As 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of 1968, we take this opportunity to engage with the student movement of the 1960s from decolonial, post-migrant and feminist perspectives. Under the title Decolonizing 68 we realize a series of talks, screenings and encounters together with the artist, curator und filmmaker Karina Griffith who works on this topic during her Studio Grant at District. The aim is to question the production of history and to (re)tell the movements of that time from the perspectives of its anti-colonial, diasporic-feminist and Black organizations. For the co-production of artistic research and public debate throughout the year 2018 an intersectional alliance – including the art spaces District Berlin, alpha nova & galerie futura and Arsenal Gallery Poznan as well as Peggy Piesche, Gunda-Werner-Institut, and the project Art of the Revolt // The Revolt of Art, Offenes Haus der Kulturen Frankfurt/Main – was founded under the working title Decolonizing 68. Together we want to counter the ongoing marginalization of these histories – the resistances and political demands they carry – within the constantly reproduced narrations of ’68’. And we ask the question: how can we decolonize 1968 if 2018 has not been decolonized yet?


Tuesday, April 3, 6.30 pm
Studio Talk with Karina Griffith and Joseph N. Clarke

Saturday, 12 May, 5 – 8 pm
Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights
Film screening and discussion with Nevline Nnaji, Karina Griffith, Andrea Keppler and Margaret Amaka Ohia
Location: Municipal Gallery Arsenał, Stary Rynek 6, 61 – 772 Poznań, Poland

Friday, 1 June, 7 pm
Lessons from ’68: Soul!, Open Television & Queer Black TV
Screening and talk with Aymar Jean Christian (co-founder of Open TV) and Karina Griffith
Location: alpha nova & galerie futura, Am Flutgraben 3, 12435 Berlin

Sat, 2 June, 12 am – 4 pm
Web Series Clinic: Queer Black TV
Workshop with Aymar Jean Christian (co-founder of Open TV)
Location: alpha nova & galerie futura, Am Flutgraben 3, 12435 Berlin

Saturday and Sunday, 2 June + 3 June, 2 – 6 pm
Karina Griffith: Repair + Crude Processions
Screening in the frame of Malzwiese summer festival
Location: District Berlin

13 September – 27 October 2018, wed – sat, 2 – 6 pm
We Call It Love: An Oppositional Screening
An Installation by Karina Griffith


Decolonizing 68 is a project by District Berlin with the intersectional alliance of the project Art of the Revolt // Revolt of Art, the art spaces Arsenal Gallery Poznan, alpha nova & galerie futura and District and the scholar Peggy Piesche (Gunda-Werna-Institut). Decolonizing 68 inspired the discourse and performance series Revolt she said which runs parallel to the exhibition.
Funded by Landeszentrale für politische Bildung.