Fotos: ISD-Bund-e.V

re:presentations Black History Month Hamburg 2020

From 05 until 24 February 2020

re:presentations is an exhibition, which aims at highlighting the history and present of black people in Hamburg and to show, that black people in Germany have a historical and influential presence. Freely accessible to all people interested, the exhibition serves as a medium for black people in Germany to represent themselves and present their uniqueness as artists, activists, scientist, individuals and to provide a platform for the work of black artist, as well as exchange and discussions on black topics.

Organized by the Black History Month team of Hamburg, it takes place in the Open Space of the Altonaer Museum. 

Free admission to exhibition and all related events!

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Opening hours

Monday10 - 17

Tuesdays closed

Wednesday to Friday 10 - 17 

Saturday/Sunday 10 - 18 

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Black History Month

Every year in February Black History Month is celebrated in a number of countries. This tradition dates back to 1926, when the Historian Carter G. Woodson initiated a series of events, for the general public of the USA to recognise black history and the cultural, economic and societal services of the African American population.

Since the first Hamburg BHM in 1996 was started by the US-American singer Cynthia Utterbach, the popularity and program has steadily grown. With a diverse program of Artistic works, musical styles, dance performances, talks, discussions, exhibitions, film screenings, poetry, book readings, workshops, talk shows, culinary specialities, crafts and a special youth program, the BHM in Hamburg has achieved a growing audience.

The events of BHM are offered for all interested people and promote a better understanding of one another. For children and young people it offers a good opportunity to positively identify with Hamburg’s black community.

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Featured projects in the exhibition

Re:Presentations includes the „Homestory Deutschland“ project by the Initiative Black People Germany (ISD), which contains pictures and biographies of influential black Germans; Natasha A. Kelly’s celebrated new film “Milli’s Awakening”, which tells the stories of black female artists in Germany; and “Schwarzes Hamburg”, an original work of photography from Black History Month Hamburg, inspired by Wasi Daniju’s existing re:present project and shot by Lemia Monét Bodden, which presents portraits of Black Hamburgers from all walks of life.

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Foto: ISD e.V.
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Foto: Anh Trieu, Henning Fehr, Philipp Rühr
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Foto: Black History Month Hamburg

About the OPEN SPACE at the Altonaer Museum

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Foto: SHMH/Sinje Hasheider

As part of the programme 360° - Fonds für Kulturen of the new city society of the Federal Cultural Foundation, the Altona Museum wants to give various communities the opportunity to present self-curated exhibitions several times a year with "Open Space", a barrier-free exhibition space in the planned Public Space. In addition, we would like to invite our visitors to follow and participate in the process of change in the museum with smaller current exhibitions in Open Space. The Open Space should be more than just an exhibition space; it should also be a place of interaction, a discussion room, a research workshop and a low-threshold access to a cultural institution for previously disadvantaged communities. This would also create a place in the Altona Museum where the changes in urban society would be directly reflected, where a more interactive networking of the museum with the communities would become possible and where ideas for future special exhibitions could be tested.