From the early 1970s and into the following decade queer German novelist, poet, and self-taught ethnographer, Hubert Fichte, made several journeys to research the daily lives and religious practices of Afro-diasporic communities in Benin, Senegal, Brazil, and the US among other places. During this period Fichte attempted to create a new ethnology that would run counter to an academic and colonial model.
Taking Fichte’s writing as a starting point, the exhibition Journeys with the Initiated unfolds along two registers: The first is a reading room featuring selected texts, photographs, and other documents that contextualize Fichte’s sojourn in New York. The second component includes a selection of existing and works across video, sculpture, performance, and sound by contemporary artists that offer perspectives on themes raised by Fichte.
The panel discussion is part of the exhibition and features artistic directors Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke, as well as artists Renée Green and Grada Kilomba