becoming neighbours is a four-part series of interventions. It emerges from my own personal desire to understand better and perhaps more concretely what has happened to my body and every memory it carries within its parts since my departure from Cameroon at 17-years-old. It aims to thematic the question of citizenship — especially citizenship as it undergirds every facet of the lives of Black and BIPOC Peoples in the west. In a multi-perspective manner, it looks at questions of belonging, and the spaces (here and the elsewhere), ecologies (here and the elsewhere), and entities (here and the elsewhere), most proximate to our bodies while asking the following questions: How do we earth ourselves within places that were not created with us in mind? How can it become more normal to be active and engaged in the place where you are? How do bodies become subjects and objects in the neighbourhood space? In what way are we responsible for the policies in our neighbourhood?…, etc.
This work is continuous. It is being developed in conversation and in community with many. They are as follows: MarkusPosse, Sonja Hohenbild, Makda Isak, Pauline Jeya Subha, Michael Westrich, Fenja Akinde-Hummel, Hanita Firoozmand, Naima Moiasse Maungue, Andrea-Vicky Amankwaa-Birago, Charlotte Müller, Diana Mammana, the Gropius Bau, the Field Narratives Collective (is Sascia Bailer, Lene Markusen, Andreas Doepke, hn. lyonga), the Black Student Union at Humboldt University and the Bauhütte Kreuzberg e.V.. They are also neighbours, cultural practitioners, collectives, community members, institutions who have dedicated their lives to imagining ways of bringing us all together to think in a decolonial manner.