It takes Marzahn-Hellersdorf residents’ memories of former GDR solidarity movements (e.g. with the Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid movements and the people of Vietnam) as its starting point. While the GDR placed great emphasis on the importance of a worldwide anti-racist struggle and education, it systematically denied the existence of racism “at home”. The project aims to emphasize the importance of self-reflective and critical methods of solidarity in the framework of Marzahn-Hellersdorf’s changing political, visual and discursive landscape. In this way the particularities of the borough’s specific history and current socio-cultural contexts might generate new forms of coexistence relevant beyond its boundaries.
Images found during the research will be installed on a footbridge above the Kaulsdorf-Nord Underground Station (U5).
Laboratorium der Solidarität is a collaborative project between Dakar-born, New York City-based artist Claude Gomis and Berlin-born anthropologist and curator Saskia Köbschall.
Read more about the project "Mitte in der Pampa [The Middle in Nowhere] - Art in the Underground 2016/17"