Indigo Waves and other Stories

Re-navigating the Afrasian Sea and notions of Diaspora

April 05th, 2023
Eleni Karampini, News from Berlin
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The Gropius Bau and SAVVY Contemporary are the co-hosts of the project INDIGO WAVES AND OTHER STORIES: RE-NAVIGATING THE AFRASIAN SEA AND NOTIONS OF DIASPORA – running from 6 April to 13 August 2023 at the Gropius Bau and from 21 April to 4 June 2023 at SAVVY Contemporary.

“Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora" aims to shed light on the cultural and social exchanges that have taken place between the African and Asian continents through water-based interactions.

The exhibition showcases works by artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers, and thinkers, and includes new commissions and existing projects. It traces links between the Asian and African regions and demonstrates diasporic transfers between the two areas, with a focus on the Indian Ocean as a communal horizon.

The exhibition is presented in two parts, concurrently at the Gropius Bau and SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, and follows the first chapter at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. The curators hope to awaken or reactivate memories of the histories of migration that have shaped Germany, and Berlin in particular, as a pluri-versal city. The exhibition covers a range of topics, including transregional exploration, trade and seasonal migration, economic and cultural exchanges, materials and commodities, labor practices, epidemics and quarantine, climate and ecological disruptions, cultural and material syncretism, and migratory, trade, and economic routes. It seeks to promote open tides of acculturation, Afrasian imaginaries, and an atmosphere of multiple tongues and monsoon cycles of the Afrasian Ocean system.


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