Sichtwechsel – Stadtbilder aus Afrika

Weltwärts in Konstanz and Bridging Gaps e.V. present the photo exhibition “Sichtwechsel – Stadtbilder aus Afrika” from 4th to 14th May 2017 in Bürgersaal, Konstanz.

In media, arts and public discourse, Africa is portrayed as the continent of poverty, diseases and civil war. Alternatively, sunsets in vast landscapes, jungle or exotic animals in the savannah are presented as true image of Africa. The exhibition “Sichtwechsel” deconstructs this narrative and shows a more differentiated picture of the African continent which is widely unknown by many people in Germany: Photos of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Kigali (Ruanda) and Lagos (Nigeria) tell us stories about the urban, vibrant life in the African cities. Based on a predominantly one-sided and stereotyped media coverage of the African continent, the exhibition invites all viewers to look at the continent Africa in a differentiated way and discover its enormous variety – through photos taken by inhabitants of their own cities.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 5 to 9 pm (guided tours: 6 pm)

Saturday and Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm (guided tours 4 pm)

Appointments for private guided tours and guided tours in English can be booked by sending an email to

Together with the integration officer of the city of Konstanz we invite you to the vernissage on 4th of May 2017 at 6 pm in Bürgersaal. Entertained by jazz music we would like to challenge and critically discuss stereotypes about Africa. We will give insights and background information on the exhibition and present our motivation for carrying out this project.

A literature event will further present unknown perspectives of an African country: The words of authors like Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie will guide a journey through Nigeria and its history. We invite you to this special evening on Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 8 pm in Bürgersaal to get to know a fine selection of African writers and their perspectives on Nigeria. This event will be held in German only.

Additional information is to be found in the Flyer – Sichtwechsel Fotoausstellung.

We are looking forward to welcome you in the exhibition or during our events.

Weltwärts in Konstanz and Bridgin Gaps e.V.

Sichtwechsel – Stadtbilder aus Afrika

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