The African Diaspora Palace

The fact that African-German histories can be traced back to the 18th century is known only to a few people. The same applies to the teachings of the first Black philosopher and enlightener in Europe, Anton Wilhelm Amo, who held his disputation at the University of Halle (today University of Halle-Wittenberg) in November 1729. Unfortunately, his dissertation is no longer available. Instead, its replica out of glass forms the center of the »African Diaspora Palace«, which I installed during the exhibition »Glass Palaces« by Michaela Rotsch during the »World Exhibition Reformation« (2017). With the return of Amos stories to his university town of Wittenberg, the past of Black knowledge could be negotiated in the present, with the goal of (re-)shaping the future.