DOCUMENTA KASSEL 16/06-23/09 2007

The artist Dierk Schmidt on his current documenta 12 work

21 August, 5 pm, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof

The series Die Teilung der Erde (“The division of the world”) deals with the role of the German Empire in colonial history. The title quotes a newspaper article from the time of the Berlin Africa-Conference in 1884/85. Schmidt examines the question of whether colonial history, and its economic consequences and legal aspects, can be reversed and reveals the topicality of this question. He uses modernist abstract painting to depict a historical problem that cannot really be represented.

Moderation: Sophie Goltz

Language: German

Location: Bildungszelt, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Mombachstr. 12