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Background

CARVING SPACE FOR THE DECOLONIAL DISCOURSE

German colonialism and its consequences have been ignored in Germany for the longest time. But persistent intervention from civil society is bearing fruits. The Berlin Global Village, as a hub for civil society actors of development policies and development cooperation recognizes the colonial echoes as base of global north-south relations. Therefore, the project Decolonial Memorial chooses to engage with Germany’s colonial past artistically right here. The Decolonial Memorial aims to engage with a broad audience – both Berliners and Guests of Berlin – to enter the decolonial discourse. 

 

Art Competition

THE REALISATION OF A DECOLONIAL MEMORIAL

A committee of experts chose the artwork to be realized. This international jury has found the Decolonial Memorial via a bilingual anonymous art contest in two phases. 

In phase 1. all registered participants were asked to submit a conceptual idea as an outline. No developed drafts or technical details were needed. 20 of these ideas were admitted to the second phase. 

In phase 2. the artists were asked to develop their idea into a detailed draft suitable for realization. All artists involved in phase two are compensated. Out of such presented projects the jury chose one. This draft will become the Decolonial Memorial at the Berlin Global Village. 

As such the art competition along with the accompanying program and educational program are funded with 750.000 Euro by the Federation of Germany via the Federal government commissioner for culture and media (BKM). While the realization of the artwork itself is funded with 750.000 Euro by the Federal State of Berlin via the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion (SenKultGZ). 

more about the milestones

Timeline

Important Dates for the project

7 May 2023

Registration deadline for the participation of artists 

13 Aug 2023

Submission of design drafts (first phase)

16/17 Sep 2023

Jury meeting (first phase)

18 Sep 2023

Notification of the 20 participants (second phase)

31 Oct 2023

Symposium

07 Jan.2024

Deadline for submission of second phase designs 

27 Jan 2024

Jury meeting (second phase)

26 Apr 2024

Exhibition of submitted designs from the second phase

13 Sep 2024

Unveiling of the final artwork

Team

Our Project Team

As sponsor of the project Decolonial Memorial, the Berlin Global Village has formed a team to realize and coordinate the art contest, accompanying and educational program as well as the building of the artwork. We are happy to rely on the expertise of the following personal: 

Angelina Jellesen

Angelina Jellesen

Project leadership

Michaela Zischek

Michaela Zischek

Public Relations

Mariana Moreno-Hevia

Mariana Moreno-Hevia

Student assistant

Jonathan Strauch

Jonathan Strauch

Student assistant

Armin Massing

Armin Massing

Managing Director Berlin Global Village gGmbH

Expert on the Jury

Michael Küppers-Adebisi

Michael Küppers-Adebisi

Consultant/ Initiator Decolonial Memorial

Subject Juror

Team

External Coordination 

Essential segments of the competition had to be outsourced and we are very grateful for the support provided by the External Coordination. Among other tasks, they ensured the necessary anonymity of the participants during the selection process. We would like to thank them for a job well done. For a pleasant co-working experience and the synergy, we would like to thank:

Elfriede Müller

Elfriede Müller

Head of the Office for Art in Public Space of the kulturwerk GmbH of bbk berlin

Stefan Küskemper

Stefan Küskemper

Visual Artist, Author, Coordinator for Art Competitions

Óscar Mauricio Ardila Luna

Óscar Mauricio Ardila Luna

Curator, Author, Visual Artist

Katinka Theis

Katinka Theis

Coordinator for Art in Architecture Competitions

Salwa Aleryani

Salwa Aleryani

Visual Artist