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Die Nationalstaaten prägen heute den Diskurs der nationalen Identität. Semra Sevin hinterfragt hierbei verschiedene Rollenverständnisse und Begrifflichkeiten, die wir im Umgang miteinander verwenden, um das Einschätzen Anderer vermeintlich zu vereinfachen. Inwiefern sind dabei Ausdrücke, die uns auf eine einzige Nationalität oder die der unserer Eltern reduzieren, noch hilfreich in einer Welt der globalen Bewegung von Arbeitskräften, von interkulturellen Kindern, von Migration oder Flucht?

Diese Sprachkultur verschliesst uns vor der neuen sich entwickelnden Interkulturalität. Der Diskurs um die Transnationalität ermöglicht es, einen Raum zu schaffen, indem sich jeder in seinem Kaleidoskop an nationalen Identitäten selbst definieren kann und wo eine grenzenüberschreitende Sprache gefunden wird.

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Artist talk with Shabu Mwangi

Shabu was born in 1985. He currently lives and works in Mukuru slum, Nairobi Kenya. He is the founder member of Wajukuu Art project also based in Mukuru. Shabu’s expression is an effort at providing a voice for the minority who exists in the shadows and at the margins of society. The realities and perspectives of the slum dweller constitute Shabus’ principle points of departure.

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Adam Paquette is a Painter, Fantasy Illustrator, Concept Artist and Education Developer curating international group expeditions.
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Two readings of original works by writer Ben Mauk and artist Elizabeth McTernan.

Ben Mauk is a writer from Baltimore. He has written for Granta, The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, Guernica, Vice, and many other publications. His work is forthcoming in Harper’s Magazine and Virginia Quarterly Review, recipient of a Fulbright research fellowship, and a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He lives in Berlin. www.ben-mauk.com

Elizabeth McTernan performs artistic research over land and sea. Most recently, a paper of hers was accepted for publication in MIT Press Leonardo Journal (forthcoming). In 2017, she has been invited to Ars Bioarctica residency in Finnish Lapland. She currently lives, works, and walks in Berlin. www.astheworldtilts.com

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