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Karin Schmidt-Friderichs und Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka sitzen in einem Café  | Karin Schmidt-Friderichs sits in a café with Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka

BLACK STORIES

A cinematic essay from curator Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has brought the topic of structural racism into the public eye and challenged the status quo in every facet of modern life, but how has this movement affected the world of storytelling and authorship in general? What, why and how do black authors write in Germany, and do classifications such as ‘black author’ or ‘black literature’ even make sense? Together with her guests, Mahret Ifeoma Kupka searches for answers and Signals of Hope.

PROTAGONISTS

Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka
Dr. Mahret Ifeoma Kupka
ART HISTORIAN, CURATOR, AUTHOR

In her exhibitions, lectures, texts and interdisciplinary projects Mahret deals with racism, cultural memory, representation and the decolonisation of art and cultural practice in Europe and Africa. ©Marina Ackar

Dr. Natasha A. Kelly
Dr. Natasha A. Kelly
AUTHOR, CURATOR, FILM MAKER

Natasha made her film debut at the Berlin Biennale 2018 with the award winning documentary ‘Millis Erwachen’ and then achieved further success with stage adaptations such as ‘M(a)y Sister’. Her most recent publication is ‘The Comet Afrofuturism 2.0’.

Michael Götting
Michael Götting
AUTHOR, CURATOR

After publication of the novel ‘Contrapunctus’ Michael was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto. Projects like ‘AFROLUTION’ & the Black Perspectives Festival followed. Today he is the director of the Berlin Library at Each One Teach One.

Sharon Dodua Otoo
Sharon Dodua Otoo
AUTHOR, ACTIVIST

Activist, author and editor Sharon was awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for her first German language short story in 2016. She is also politically active with ‘Schwarze Menschen’ in Germany and editor of the ‘Witness’ book series. ©Ralf Steinberger

Karin Schmidt-Friderichs
Karin Schmidt-Friderichs
PRESIDENT OF THE GERMAN PUBLISHERS AND BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION

Founder of the publishing house Hermann Schmidt and chairwoman of the Vocational Training Committee of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, chairwoman of the board of the Stiftung Buchkunst and spokeswoman for the German Cultural Council. ©Gaby Gerster, feinkorn

René Aguigah
René Aguigah
CULTURE JOURNALIST, DEUTSCHLANDFUNK KULTUR

René heads the department of “literature philosophy religion” at Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Before that, he worked as a non-fiction editor at the magazine ‘Literaturen’ and at WDR 3 he moderated ‘Gutenbergs Welt’ and ‘Kritisches Tagebuch’.

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