MAREJESHO asili mila utamaduni wetu.

Kilimanjaro and Meru colonial history research exhibition
Stories of pride.
Stories of community power.
Stories of resistance.

1885 - 1918:
The lands of the Chagga and Meru peoples endured terrible violence and loss during the German
colonial period.

This violence resulted in:
German-controlled lands.
Stolen cultural heritage.
Stolen ancestors.

To this day, the violence of these acts can be found in German museums.
Our stolen cultural heritage.
Our stolen ancestors.

It is time for Marejesho.

Marejesho is a mobile research exhibition about cultural heritage from Kilimanjaro and Meru region currently in German museums. It will travel across the region to exchange information about this cultural heritage. The focus will be on chiefdoms and communities during the German colonial period. There will be pictures of selected objects as well as historical photographs. The sensitive issue of ancestral remains will also be addressed. Artists will offer a contemporary visual expression of local history. Oral traditions, stories and songs will be shared along with film screenings and talks.

Marejesho is about community knowledge sharing. With the knowledge of what Tanzanian cultural heritage and ancestral remains exists in Germany, we hope the call for restitution and repatriation will grow. At the very least, so our brave ancestors can finally be laid to rest in peace, at home.

Concept, research, curation: Konradin Kunze, Sarita Lydia Mamseri, Mnyaka Sururu Mboro, Gabriel Mzei Orio Visual Arts: Amani Abeid, Cloud Chatanda, Masana Oral history documentation: Malik Saidi Msambaa, Chrispina Chrispin Nazael Architects: Comfort Mosha, Doreen-maria Mwanauta (APC Architectural Pioneering Consultants Ltd) Assistance: Alice Harrison Management: Marit Buchmeier, Lisanne Grotz (xplusdrei Produktionsbüro), Gabriel Mzei Orio

A Flinn Works production with Berlin Postkolonial and Old Moshi Cultural Tourism Enterprise in cooperation with bafico and APC in collaboration with Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, Zentralarchiv der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Staatliche Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachsen, Linden Museum Stuttgart and TAT / Humboldt University in Berlin.

Funded by TURN2 fund of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. Further funding by between bridges.

Picture: Chrispina Nazael

Background Picture [Modified]: GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig, SKD, Marlene Nagel and Leipzig Missi

Tanzania 2022
  • August 11-14 Keni, Rombo, Kilimanjaro
  • August 18-21 Marangu, Kilimanjaro
  • August 25-28 Old Moshi, Kilimanjaro
  • September 01-04 Kibosho, Kilimanjaro
  • September 08-11 Machame, Kilimanjaro
  • September 15-18 Poli, Meru
  • Germany 2023
TA T / Humboldt University in Berlin

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