When it comes to Africa, western media usually show the same images: poverty, AIDS and civil wars on the one hand and clay huts, grassland and wildlife on the other hand. With the exhibition Sichtwechsel a group of young Germans want to show the continent Africa from a different perspective. Subject of the exhibition is the vibrating life that takes place in five selected African metropolises:
- Addis Ababa
The aim of the exhibition project is to challenge assumed certainties and oppose stereotypes that evolve from a one sided media coverage.
As Chimamanda Adichie, the Nigerian writer, says:
„The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
Locals living in the cities are given space to tell their own stories, because they know their cities best, experience and shape them daily. The exhibitions attempts to see the cities through the lense of inhabitants and to give them to possibility to decide on how their cities are represented.
The exhibition project is organized by a group of young Germans, members of the alumni network of the voluntary service weltwärts, a program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development that enables young people to live and work one year in a so-called development country.
Since their return to Germany they regularly meet and organize events in the field of development policy. Sichtwechsel so far is their biggest project.
The guys were also stimulated by Ethan Zuckerman, the co-founder of the international blogging community Global Voices, sharing news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations, translating content from over 30 languages, and publishing editions in 20 languages.
Call for contributions. Deadline: March 31st, 2014
What is special about your city? How do you perceive it? What represents it the best? What is important to know about it? Where do you spend your free time? Where do you work, stay and relax? How is life in your city?
If you are from Lagos, Addis Abeba, Gaborone, Kigali or Kinshasa don’t hesitate: Take your phone, camera, pen & paper – whatever! Send us your view of your city – we are looking forward to your contributions!
We want your impressions, your point of view, your opinion about your city! Send us your pictures, videos, an essay or a poem – Just express yourself whatever suits you best!
Based on the submissions we will organize the exhibition “Sichtwechsel: Stadtbilder aus Afrika” ( translates as “missing images: Cityscapes from Africa”) in Germany.
- You can write an e-mail with an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Upload your pictures, videos, essay or poem on the form you find on the website.