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Duo Exhibition

»Zenkeri«

Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige

During the times of colonialism the botanist Georg August Zenker, then living in the German colony ”Kamerun“, was regarded as one of the most important collectors for the Berlin Botanical Museum. In their collaborative photography project Yana Wernicke and Jonas Feige address the history and repercussions of his life.

The two photographers repeatedly travelled to today’s republic of Cameroon to portray Zenker’s descendants who still live in his house in the remote settlement of Bipindi today.

With their project Yana Wernicke and Jonas Feige tell the story of the Zenker family, who today live with the difficulty of reconciling their German and Cameroonian identities. With the exhibition they aim to draw attention to the still palpable repercussions of German colonialism and to the tensions and contradictions that arise when dealing with colonial heritage.

The exhibition is part of EMOP Berlin — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2018.
Nicolas Zenker presenting his tattoo, Bipindi, Cameroon (2016) © Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige
House of the Zenker family in Bipindi („Bipindihof“), built by Georg August Zenker (around 1896), Bipindi, Cameroon (2017) © Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige
Jean Zenker swimming in the Lokundje river, Bipindi, Cameroon (2016) © Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige
„Agapornis swinderniana zenkeri“, Animal specimen named after Georg August Zenker, Museum for Natural History Berlin © Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige
„Scotonycteris zenkeri“, Animal specimen named after Georg August Zenker, Museum for Natural History Berlin © Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige
The dense forest surrounding Bipindi, near Bipindi, Cameroon (2016) © Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige
A damaged pillar of Zenker's villa © Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige
Jinior Zenker, Bipindi, Cameroon (2017) © Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige
Bertrant Zenker standing on Georg August Zenker’s grave, Bipindi, Cameroon (2017) © Yana Wernicke & Jonas Feige
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Oct 11, 2018 — Jan 6, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Oct 10, 6 pm
Guided tours with the artists (in German): Oct 21, 2018, 11 am + Jan 6, 2019, 3 pm

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Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8 · 14195 Berlin
(You can also enter the museum through the Botanical Garden)
[Lichterfelde | Steglitz-Zehlendorf]

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 9 am – 7 pm

Admission: 2,50 € / reduced 1,50 € (admission free on the opening night)
Combined ticket with entrance to the Botanical Garden: 6 € / reduced 3 €

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