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Artists of African Descent Living in Germany Yvette Mutumba . This essay outlines the perspectives of visual artists of African descent based in Germany on perceptions of, and approaches towards, their situation and working conditions in the German context. I firstly consider the personal experiences and expectations of those artists, who migrated from different African nations to live and work in Germany. Subsequently, I outline the situation and experiences of Afro-German artists which differ from those of the artists who immigrated into Germany, as they were born and raised in a society that still often regards them as “foreigners”. In this context I consider the ideas of audiences regarding artistic productions by artists of African descent. How do artists deal with problematic attitudes towards their art? In the subsequent sections I examine the different aspects, subjects and approaches of the artistic productions of German-based artists of African descent. These artists are part of a marginalised population group of individuals.  To what extent do they feel obliged or even want to act as representatives of this group they belong to? It is important to point out that most of the artists of African descent in Germany I consider also create artwork, which does not relate explicitly to issues of race, immigration or exclusion, but are either abstract or explicitly examine other widely varying issues. The final section of this essay presents examples of such works.  - Yvette Mutumba Artists of African Descent Living in Germany

Artists of African Descent Living in Germany

Yvette Mutumba

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This essay outlines the perspectives of visual artists of African descent based in Germany on perceptions of, and approaches towards, their situation and working conditions in the German context. I firstly consider the personal experiences and expectations of those artists, who migrated from different African nations to live and work in Germany. Subsequently, I outline the situation and experiences of Afro-German artists which differ from those of the artists who immigrated into Germany, as they were born and raised in a society that still often regards them as “foreigners”. In this context I consider the ideas of audiences regarding artistic productions by artists of African descent. How do artists deal with problematic attitudes towards their art? In the subsequent sections I examine the different aspects, subjects and approaches of the artistic productions of German-based artists of African descent. These artists are part of a marginalised population group of individuals.  To what extent do they feel obliged or even want to act as representatives of this group they belong to? It is important to point out that most of the artists of African descent in Germany I consider also create artwork, which does not relate explicitly to issues of race, immigration or exclusion, but are either abstract or explicitly examine other widely varying issues. The final section of this essay presents examples of such works. 

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Yvette Mutumba

Artists of African Descent Living in Germany