UNEXPECTED LESSONS #3 – Decolonizing Romantik

TALKING OBJECTS LAB @ Kunsthalle Osnabrück

Awakening, nostalgia and nationalism, Orientalism and the mystification of nature - How did Romantic Europe look at the world? And how does Romanticism shape Europe's self-image today?

TALKING OBJECTS LAB @ Kunsthalle Osnabrück

UNEXPECTED LESSONS #3 - Decolonizing Romanticism

A performative conference. Hybrid event

on December 10, 2022 in Berlin

The digital performative symposium UNEXPECTED LESSONS #3 takes a critical, decolonizing look at the ambivalent world of ideas of German Romanticism, which as an artistic and political movement still has a great influence on notions of national/European identity and belonging.

Through talks, lectures, artistic interventions, film and music, the program addresses the question of how colonial and Romantic ideas are interrelated. We penetrate to the roots of today's Europe as a cultural space, look at enlightenment and anti-enlightenment, the history of Sinti and Roma, between romanization and othering, ask in which relationship colonialism and romanticism stand and talk about romantic love and power.

The event is part of the transdisciplinary TALKING OBJECTS LAB, which approaches the topics of Decolonizing Knowledge and Memory, Rethinking Museums and Objects, and Decolonizing Archives through think tanks, events, artistic interventions, and artist residencies. A team of curators from Kenya, Senegal and Germany is responsible for the project. UNEXPECTED LESSONS #1 and #2 took place in Berlin/Nairobi and Reykjavik, respectively, and focused on Decolonizing Knowledge and Memory and Decolonizing Nature. #3 now follows in collaboration with Kunsthalle Osnabrück as part of the annual theme of Romanticism. 

Curated by Mahret Ifeoma Kupka and Isabel Raabe.

Film program curated by Nnenna Onuoha.

With: Josephine Apraku, Nikita Dhawan, Timea Junghaus, Brunn Morais... u.a.