DISOTHERING: beyond Afropolitan & other labels

A Creative Europe collaborative project on the necessary deconstruction of ‘othering’ practices in European cultural institutions.

Main partner: The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), SAVVY Contemporary
Partners: Royal Museum for Central Africa, Afropean London, Obieg Magazine

© Wiltrud Hackl

The colloaborative, creative project consisted of an exhibition, symposia, a festival, talks and performances, a residency program and a mapping research component all manifested in 2018 and 2019 in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna and Warsaw.

  • Mapping research component lead by Tonica Hunter for Austria - chapter here
  • REFLECT festival - Co Curated by Tonica Hunter, Maria Herold and Marissa Lobo - programme as below:

6th Sept - REFLECT: Symposium + Performative Exhibition + DJ line.

The symposium and the performative exhibition took place in cooperation with the “SFC Jugendcorner” and will gather young people as experts, artists and cultural workers to talk about the topics self-reflection, self-love and ‘othering’.

Keynotes and Performers
SFC Jugendcorner (Youth Group of the Schwarze Frauen Community)

Amani Ramesy (performance artist)
Belinda Kazeem Kaminski (artist, writer)
Karen Michelsen Castañón (visual artist and art educator)

Henrie Dennis(activist, curator)
Nitin Bharosa (cultural theorist and writer)

Marissa Lobo (artist, curator)

DJ Line: Sounds of Blackness
7th Sept - REFLECT: Workshops + Performance + Concert + DJ Line

1pm - 2:30pm
Color Writing / Ene Si

2:30pm - 4pm
Wearing Resistance / NeneSurreal
4pm - 6pm
Body Love Movement / Mzamo Jama

Film screenings
Film Shorts / Adia Trischler
Jeannete Ehlers 'Black Bullets'
Elisha Leverock-Smith 'Miss Black Germany'
Janicza Bravo 'Man Rots from the Head'
Showcase by the nomadic platform ‘The Golden Pixel Cooperative’

ABSTRACTION / Elisabeth Tambwe

Alley of his Majesty...BLACK SWAN / Mzamo Jama

Concerts & DJ Line (moderated by Dalia Ahmed)
9pm Bad&Boujee
Dalia Ahmed
8th Sept - REFLECT: Lalala – Kids Program

2pm - 3pm Workshop (for Kids)
Watercolor - Ani Ganzala Lorde

2pm - 3pm Workshop (for Parents)
Performing ways of being with each other / Karen Michelsen Castañón

3pm - 4pm Concert
Mapu & Bismani Huni Kuin

4pm - 5:30pm Workshop
Reading & Painting - Kabá Darebu / Luisa Lobo and Fernanda Palmieri

Exhibition (ongoing)
Reading Resistance - Verena Melgarejo Weinandt

Festival Logo and Branding Leni Charles


is a researcher, curator & cultural producer based in Vienna, Austria.