Simulizi Mijini

Urban Narratives is an academic, artistic and publishing exchange between Berlin, Germany and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The focus is on urban heritage, whether tangible (architecture) or intangible (cultural practices at large). The angle is “from below” –at street level, as it is known, informed and generated by communities.

In Dar, one of the ten fastest growing cities of the world, local identities and shared identities are being displaced by fast development and the lack of regulation is endangering the integrity of the built environment, leaving little room for the public to react and take part in the debates. In Berlin, on the other hand, the urban fabric is becoming increasingly institutionalised, and conservative conservation policies bracket the discourse on how to recognise and cultivate what makes the city distinctive. Clearly, the heritage debate in both cities require fresh impetus and new perspective.

Artist at ZK/U
April/Mai 2016 Cloud Chatanda (Tanzania)
May /June 2016  Paul Ndunguru (Tanzania)
May/June 2016 Patrick Mudekereza (Congo)
June/July 2016 Rehema Chachage (Tanzania)
July/August 2016 Michelle Monareng (South Africa)

Artist at Nafasi Art Space
September/October 2015 Umesh Maddanahalli (Bangalore)
December 2016 KUNSTrePUBLIK (Berlin)
February/March 2016 Nadin Reschke (Berlin)
March/April 2016 Alex Römer (Berlin)
May/June 2016 Kochta-Kalleinen (Helsinki)

The lead Partner of the Simulizi Mijini / Urban Narratives programme, Habitat Unit (TU Berlin) invited ZK/U & KUNSTrePUBLIK to host residencies and invite artist, produce an art work, as well as hosting the final (documentation) show at the ZK/U. The programme collaborate with two partners in Dar: the first centre for architectural preservation, DARCH and Nafasi Art Space. The programme will involve artist residencies, academic exchanges and research trips, and the collaboration of two magazines on a joint issue (uncube in Berlin and ANZA in Dar). The project is supported by the TURN funds of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.