Panel discussion:

Gallery Reflection #2 Traces, Legacies, and Futures - On Art and Temporality

7 pm / ifa-Gallerie, Linienstraße 139, 10115 Berlin

Gallery Reflection #2
Traces, Legacies, and Futures:
A Conversation on Art and Temporality

with Nora Al-Badri, Silvy Chakkalakal, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, and Jonas Tinius

Thursday, 7 September, 7 pm
ifa Gallery Berlin

What does it mean to speak of colonial legacies (in the present), and how is this different from talking about traces, or remnants? In what sense do processes, for instance, of repatriation, decolonization, and institutional critique concern a future-oriented temporal thinking? How do practices of copying and authenticating colonial objects challenge ideas of linear temporalities, and what role does art play in negotiating these entanglements? For this event, Nora Al-Badri (artist, Berlin), Prof Silvy Chakkalakal (anthropologist, HU Berlin), and Prof Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (artist and art historian, Birmingham/London) are discussing art time and temporality with Dr Jonas Tinius (anthropologist, CARMAH/HU Berlin).

(Event held in English)

Gallery Reflections is a series of public discussions on institutions and curatorial practices moderated by anthropologist Jonas Tinius.



Nora Al-Badri is a multi-disciplinary artist with a German-Iraqi background. Since 2009 she works together as a collective with Jan Nikolai Nelles with exhibitions at the Architectural Biennale Venice, Telefonica Foundation, Design Biennale Istanbul, Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, 32C3, Nome Gallery etc. Their practice incorporates interventions and different mediums such as sculpture and installation, photography and film. She studied visual art at Offenbach University of Art and Design and graduated in political sciences at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. Their work was featured at The New York Times, BBC, Arte, The Times, Artnet, Wired, Le Monde Afrique, Spiegel online among others.

Silvy Chakkalakal is Junior Professor at the Department of European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is the author of Die Welt in Bildern. Erfahrung und Evidenz in Friedrich J. Bertuchs ‘Bilderbuch für Kinder’ (1790-1830) (Wallstein 2014), in which she analyzed how time, development, and life processes were constituted via images of natural history and early ethnography. For the past five years, she has worked at the University of Basel on her SNF funded research project on Boasian cultural anthropology and its various collaborative relations into the artistic, educational, and political fields of the time. Her second monograph Indienliebe. Die frühe Ethnographie und ihre Bilder (Kadmos 2017) is currently in print. Next to her research and teaching she regularly serves as advisor for museum and exhibition projects, e.g. Haitian Rushes, an exhibition about Maya Deren at the Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich.

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll is an artist, historian and Professorial Chair of Global Art at the University of Birmingham. Khadija is the author of the books Art in the Time of Colony; Botanical Drift; and The Importance of Being Anachronistic; and is an editor of the journal Third Text. She wrote her PhD at Harvard University on the role of time in contemporary Aboriginal artists’ interventions in colonial archives. Khadija has made several exhibitions on these themes of chronic decolonisation, at venues including the Venice Biennale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Savvy, and Extracity Kunsthal Antwerp. Her theatre performance, Shadows Talk, which is about the experience of time in indefinite immigration detention was recently commissioned by the Pesta Boneka Festival and Konzerttheatre Bern.

Jonas Tinius is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), co-funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and based at the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. He studied social and cultural anthropology at the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Cambridge (UK). His current research explores how Berlin-based curators, contemporary artists, and art institutions engage with notions of alterity and otherness through critical curatorial strategies to reflect on German and European heritage and identities. He is convener of the Anthropology and the Arts Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (with Prof Roger Sansi, Barcelona).

Victoria Tomaschko / ifa-Galerie