Wo ist Afrika?

starting 16 March 2019

"Wo ist Afrika?" invites you to critically explore and re-evaluate contexts and narratives associated to Linden-Museum Stuttgart’s collection of artefacts from the African continent. The exhibition shows how the collections were established, how they developed over time, and which rules of classification they adhered to.

A large part of the objects on display were acquired from Cameroon, the Congo basin, Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania between the end of 19th and the first half of the 20th, at the height of the European "Scramble for Africa". "Wo ist Afrika?" examines stories and histories inscribed into these objects and what they can mean for us today. The exhibition opens up a space of cultural creativity, which allows the visitors to near themselves to a wider understanding of culture.

"Wo ist Afrika?" has a process-oriented approach, questioning the authority of the museum by showing a multitude of parallel narratives and asking important questions addressed to our contemporary societal cohabitation.

Karingana wa karingana is a specific expression from Mozambique that is meant to make everyone present aware that a special time to listen has come. When it is pronounced, everyone turns silent: important stories about to be told, stories with a long breath, over time and space, stories for us, stories we tell about us.

The exhibition is supported by: