International Conference

Changing society – culture as constant? On the contemporary role of art and culture in Cuba, Morocco and Germany

Time: Tuesday, May 24, 2 - 7 pm
Place: DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft

Cuba, Morocco, and Germany – three changing countries. 

The respective societal and political transformation processes are quite different and at the same time obvious, and the outcome completely open. How do cultural workers, artists and cultural institutions react to such changes? What does a changing society expect from the arts in such a situation? What contribution are artists willing and able to make?  

Questions like this and therefore questions about the understanding and self-image of arts and culture from the perspective of different nations form the core of the conference. The directors of the Havana, Marrakech and Cologne biennials talk about the possibilities and challenges that biennials offer in different stages of change.  

Two further round tables with international protagonists will focus on the educational situation, the career opportunities right after graduation, and various funding opportunities for young artists in the respective countries.    

The occasion for this conference is a cooperation between the three biennials in Havana, Marrakech and Cologne. Following an opening event at the 6th Marrakech Biennial the cooperation is continued at the 5th new talents – biennale cologne. In 2017 the triangle is closed with an event in Havana, in the context of and preparing for the 13th Havana Biennial in 2018. This international festival exchange is expanded on the educational side by a cooperation between new talents and the China Academy of Art.    



Panel 1 // 14:00 - 15:30
How does art education contribute to professionalisation?

Introduction and moderation:
Regina Wyrwoll (Director of international projects at ARCultMedia GmbH)
Luis Gomez (Professor ISA Havana) 
Gereon Krebber (Professor Kunstakademie Düsseldorf)
Soukaina Youal (Artist, Marokko) 
Celia + Yunior (Celia González and Yunior Aguiar, Artist, Kuba)
ZHANG Ting (Curator and Teacher at China Academy of Art, China) 

Panel 2 // 16:00 - 17:00 
Which possibilities offer starter stipends as a funding instrument?

Introduction and moderation:
Aurora Rodonò (Institute for Art & Art Theory, University Cologne) 
Nadine Müseler (Cultural office of the City of Cologne)
Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo (Artist, Cuba)
Youssef Ouchra (Artist, Marokko)
Tessa Knapp (Artist, Germany, new talents praticipant 2010)

Panel 3 // 17:30 - 19:00 
What opportunities and challenges offer contemporary art biennials?

Introduction and moderation:
Christian Oxenius (PhD Candidate at University Liverpool and Independent Curator)
Amine Kabbaj (Director of the Marrakech Biennale) 
Jochen Heufelder (Director new talents – biennale cologne) 
Jorge Fernández (Director of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, former Director of the Biennale de la Habana)

The conference takes place in English language, the number of participants is limited. Please register at: 
anmeldung(at) (Keyword „Conference“)