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Generation "Adefra": 20 Years of the Black Women's Movement in Germany
Impressions and Milestones

23.09.2006 to 22.10.2006

Museum Europäischer Kulturen

An exhibition by Adefra in the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Museum of European Cultures)

The Adefra principle is: "The woman who shows courage". Twenty years ago, research and literary productions by black female German activists led to an initiative the social-political debates of which became the starting point for a specific form of organization of "black activism of black women in Germany". Audre Lord and these women activists established the political self-denomination "Afro-German" which initially comprised a small circle of black feminists. In 1986, they founded Adefra, the association of black women in Germany.

The exhibition traces the development of present-day forms of organization and networks of black woman activists in this country. Photographic and visual-digital documents, as well as paintings by black woman artists, document which directions and debates have been formative for today's forms of black feminist activism in Germany.
Within the context of the exhibition, the conference "Black autonomy as a gendered practice" will take place on 23 and 24 September at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung.