Convened by Samia Henni, Albert Hirschman Chair 2021/22, the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix Marseille University (IMERA)


9 March 2022

6-8 p.m. CET

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Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Contemporary Art Curator, Critic, Writer, Biotechnologist, Founder and Artistic Director of SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin

Alya Sebti, Contemporary Art Curator, Director of the ifa-Galerie Berlin - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Berlin



Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung is an independent art curator and biotechnologist. He is founder and artistic director of the art space SAVVY Contemporary Berlin and editor-in-chief of the journal SAVVY Journal for critical texts on contemporary African art. He is Curator at Large for Adam Szymczyk’s Documenta 14. His recent curatorial projects include If You Are So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich? On the Economy of Knowledge, Marrakech Biennial Satellite, 2014; Giving Contours to Shadows, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k., Gorki Theater, Gemäldegalerie, SAVVY Contemporary as well as satellites in Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Marrakesh, 2014; Discursive programm – Wir Sind Alle Berliner: 1884-2014, Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin, 2015; Satch Hoyt: Riding Celestial Vessels, Galerie Wedding, 2015; Unlearning the Given: Exercises in Demodernity and Decoloniality of Ideas and Knowledge, SAVVY Contemporary, 2016. He is co-curator of the yearlong art project An Age of our Own Making for Images 2016 in Holbæk, Roskilde and Copenhagen. In 2023, he will serve as the Director of Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.




Alya Sebti is the director of ifa-Galerie in Berlin (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and guest curator for the Dakar Biennial 2018. Sebti was part of the four-strong artistic team that curated this year’s edition of Manifesta in Marseille. She was the art director of the 5th edition of the Marrakesh Biennial (2014). Among her recent exhibitions are: Kolmanskop Dream, the solo exhibition by Pascale Marthine Tayou (ifa Galerie, Berlin, 2017); In the Carpet, group exhibition in partnership with Mouna Mekouar and Salma Lahlou (ifa Galerie, Berlin, 2016); Caverne, solo exhibition by Hicham Berrada (Wentrup Gallery, Berlin, 2016); Carrefour / treffpunkt (ifa Galerie, Berlin – Stuttgart, 2015); Casablanca, black energy (Mons, European Capital of Culture, 2015); Now Eat my Script, personal exhibition of Mounira Al Sohl, in collaboration with Thomas Kellein (KW Berlin, 2015); Equilibres / Ausgleich (Felix Kiessling / Hicham Berrada Wentrup Gallery, Berlin, 2014), Des espaces autres (Casablanca, Al Hoceima, Utrecht, Amsterdam, 2013); You never left, Youssef Nabil’s solo exhibition (Casablanca, HD gallery, 2011), Reza Aramesh / Shadi Ghadirian (Rabat, 2010).