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An artistic dialogue starting with a poem by May Ayim.

  • Event
  • Nov 13 2022 | 6:00 PM h - 12:00 AM h

With responses by Kondo Heller, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Amira Zarari, Ozan Zakariya Keskinkılıç, Arijit Bhattacharya, Bruna Barros and Jess Oliveira, Alice Yuan Zhang, Sara Ehsan, Carla Abiles, Leman Sevda Darıcıoğlu, Jumoke Adeyanju and You ...

rongin shagor/রিঙন সাগর , Bengali for “colourful ocean”, is an interdisciplinary artistic dialogue that starts with a poem by May Ayim and digitally evolves with artistic contributions by you.

Referencing the groundbreaking book titled “Farbe bekennen” (1986) by Afro German women under the editorial lead of May Ayim and Katharina Oguntoye, this dialogue is an interactive approach, interweaving artistic responses of all forms to keep our voices, memories and visions afloat as we explore the ocean and water as a crucial holder of memories and futures and a force that shapes realities of cultures, environments and people.

On the 13th of November at 6pm we welcome you to the in person launch of the digital platform and the presentation of selected artists’ work in response to the poem “community” by May Ayim. The event will open with a performance by Oxana Chi & Layla Zami and continue with time to listen to, engage with and take in the rongin shagor selected artists’ work.

The digital platform will be available from 13.11.22 via


17.30 h | doors open
18:00 h | May Ayim's Wor(l)ds-Making | Input talk, poetry, music by Layla Zami Followed by Killjoy | Dance, choreography, sound by Oxana Chi Creative Reflections on topics of home, belonging, racism, and resilience alongside May Ayim
18:30 h | rongin shagor Selected Artists
20.00 h | “May Ayim Vortex” by Poetry Meets

Concept, artistic direction: Madhumita Nandi
Curation: Anja Saleh, Madhumita Nandi




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