Ships and water are significant objects in the colonial narrative between Germany and Cameroon; facilitating the movement of goods, artefacts and people. We have decided to use these objects as a point of entry in engaging with the exhibition design of ‘Hey Hamburg, kennt ihr Duala Manga Bell?’.

We want visitors to the exhibition to move around the space the museum provides as though they are navigating the ends of a ship and in the process encountering the tidal irregularities and shifts in direction one experiences while on a journey and most importantly, encountering and engaging with aspects of the colonial narrative between both countries presented through selected artefacts, sounds and images. As our main target group will be Kids and Teenagers, we want to offer a playful way to enter and discover the exhibition.
The central element in the exhibition’s design are the different angled structures we have termed ‘waves’. These waves are reminiscent of tides, and serve as chapter openers for the four exhibition chapters and also, as structures that house exhibition text, images and as placeholders for certain artefacts. The waves will be placed at strategic points in the exhibition hall and will interact closely with the objects selected for the exhibition.
In keeping with the aquatic, seafaring theme of the exhibition design, we intend creating a floor mural that will serve the function of a faux map and also, as an interactive element connecting the different chapters of the exhibition. Think of it as waves coexisting with maps taking us on a journey through time, connecting the past with the present.
As the past and present coalesce into the future, the reflection room will be an island to rest, reflect and interact and a place where possible futures can be imagined. We are thinking about a green screen, where different scenes of the exhibition can be projected and commented via Instagram.
Karo Akpokiere and Hanne Rung, Hamburg /  March 25, 2020

Kuration: Suy Lan Hopmann, Barbara Plankensteiner, Gabriel Schimmeroth, Johanna Wild
Forschung: Richard Tsogang Fossi
Ausstellungsgestaltung: Hanne Rung mit Karo Akpokiere
Projektmanagement: Carl Triesch