the program


terra incognita
Exhibition Fr 2nd June - Su 20th August 2017
Stadtteilarchiv Ottensen/Geschichtswerkstatt für Altona, Kesselhaus
Zeißstraße 28
Hamburg-Ottensen (S tube Altona)
Opening hours
Tu/We 9.30-13 a.m. and 2-4.30 p.m. · Th 2-7 p.m.
For visiting the exhibition, please inform the Stadtteilarchiv, first floor in the same building.
free entrance
TRANSlantic - Hans Jonathan
Installation of Hannimari Jokinen and Joe Sam-Essandoh
The "Kurzgefasster Auszug der dänischen Sprachlehre" (a Danish grammar booklet), published in 1811, an objet trouvé from the paper recycle bin in Altona, provided the impulse and starting point for the installation TRANSlantic. The book, with its today odd vocabulary, mirrors a violent historic era: the "French period", which caused much anxiety for the local population in Altona.
It was quite common in Danish-Altona, North Germany and Copenhagen that Black* enslaved servants, abducted from the Danish-Caribbean islands, had to work in the overseas merchants' households. One of them, Hans Jonathan, had to serve as a valet in the household of the colonial governor Ludvig Schimmelmann. During a war chaos, he managed a brave escape to Iceland where he could live a self-determined life in freedom. The installation reminds us of him and all those who were abducted by force, like commodities, between countries and continents.
Continuously forced to adapt to modified surroundings and life situations, they attempted, multilingually endowed and culturally diverse, to survive and even to develop major and minor forms of resistance.

You are warmly invitated to design a small creative object for the space installation
· What does colonial history mean for you personally?
· Which vestiges in your city district remind you of this history?
· How shall we deal with the colonial legacy?
· How should the world be formed for fair and just relations between South and North?
· With what visions?
The collection of small objects SANKOFA SPACE for postcolonial remembrance started 2012 in Ghana and has since then expanded in Germany. The project invites you to create a small object, no larger than the palm of a hand. It can be handmade or a personal everyday object, a readymade, an image, a photo, or a miniature sculpture. It can be a symbol for today's commemorative cultures, or a critique for the historical forgetfulness of the North, or for desire to reconciliate and to begin a new dialog.
The submitted object should not be too valuable since it will remain in the collection that will grow in size when on exhibit at future venues. And we suggest that you write a few words on a slip of paper about your thoughts on your object. All the submissions will be included in the installation and communicated to the visitors of the exhibition.
Where and when may I submit my object?
During the exhibition period from June 1st to August 20th, 2017
Stadtteilarchiv Ottensen, first floor
Zeißstraße 28
22765 Hamburg-Ottensen (S tube Altona)
Tel. 040-390 36 66
Opening hours
Tu/We 9.30-11 a.m. and 2-4.30 p.m.
Th 2-7 p.m.

Mask object of "colonial wares"
by Joe Sam-Essandoh
2007, 2017


terra incognita
Comics, graphic novels and short films from the students at the Eidelstedt District School,
Class 12c, Art and History Profile
From February to May 2017, the students researched Altona's involvement in the transatlantic enslavement trade. They searched for historic vestiges in urban space and in the Altonaer Museum. In a workshop for Creative Writing, they developed their own ideas and narratives in the form of comics, graphic novels and short films. The project, involving both history and art classes, stood under the guidance of the visual artists Annika Unterburg and Hannimari Jokinen, the art teacher Julia Sonntag, the history teacher Lukas Hilgemann, and Matthias Anton from the Federal Program "Culture Agents for Creative Schools" ("Kulturagenten für Kreative Schulen").

* It has become practice in the postcolonial literature to write "Black" capitalized and "white" not capitalized and in italics. This clarifies that these expressions are societal constructs and not descriptions of body characteristics.


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the 2017 program


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September 2017
Sunday at the
Altonaer Museum
Su 09/17/2017
3 p.m.
Talk with the artist
Joe Sam-Essandoh and the curator
Hannimari Jokinen
(in German)
4 p.m.
Curating the Unspeakable:
The Case of Slavery lecture by Jean-François Manicom, artist and curator
at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool/UK
(in English)
space installation
exhibition opening
Joe Sam-Essandoh
Altonaer Museum
until 12/31/2017
Program in German language