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Dear readers, supporters, contributors and friends of EVC,
A lot has happened in the last few months. Thus it's time for a newsletter. Take part in the latest developments in the EVC network.
There are also new developments in our team. There are also new developments in our team. We have been able to get Tina Keck, an art teacher in Munich, on board.
She will edit the newsletter in future. A warm welcome!
We are looking forward to your ideas and exciting project. Feel free to contact us.
Tina and Ernst
on behalf of the entire EVC team
June 16, 2023: Avi and Patrique teaching German art education students
Avi Sooful (Pretoria) and Patrique deGraft-Yankson (Winneba) used their stay in Germany to open students' eyes to art teaching in South Africa and Ghana. Christian Römmelt invited them to his seminar at the LMU Munich.
Some statements by the two guests from an exciting 90 minutes:
June 13-14, 2023: EVC Textbook Workshop in Bayreuth, Germany
Since October 2022, a Ghanaian-German team has been working on a joint textbook for the subjects of art, history and geography (Link). The two-day workshop hosted by Prof. Dr. Gabriele Schrüfer was attended by:
Avi Sooful (art - moderator)
Gertrude Nkrumah (history)
May 24, 2023: 21st Meeting of the Expert Panel
Minutes of the Meeting
1. Reports and discussion of joint projects
EVC-Conference in Pretoria, Sept 19 – 23
Avi reports on the status of the planning. The fundraising process is not yet completed, the final decision is expected in mid-July. EVC will send the call...
March14, 2023: Workshop at 'People Beyond Borders'
People Beyond Borders (PBB) is running Training of Trainers (ToT) program, initiated by Isadora Canela. ToT is a hybrid “learn-teach- learn” co-creative program for displaced and migrant artists based in Berlin and coming from all around the world.
March 7, 2023: Seminar Sustainable Development Goals and the Power of Images
As part of the visit of Avi Sooful, Chair of the EVC Expert Panel, and the German textbook team, a seminar was held in Winneba. The topic "Sustainable Development Goals and the Power of Images" was addressed by the speakers from a wide range of perspectives and intensively discussed with the numerous audience members. Many lecturers, researchers und students from Winneba took part in the seminar, organized by Osuanyi Quaicoo Essel, Centre for Research in Culture and Creative Arts (CeRCCA), Winneba.
Link to the video documentation
March 6 - 11, 2023: EVC Textbook Workshop in Ghana
Can there be a joint textbook for schools in Ghana and Germany focusing the subjects art, geography and history? In October 2022, colleagues from Ghana, South Africa and Germany got together to explore this idea (Link
). Initial ideas, concepts, but also concrete drafts have already emerged. Time to meet and talk about the state of affairs. In March, members of the German team (for Geography: Gabriele Schrüfer, for Art: Christian Römmelt, Philipp Schramm and Ernst Wagner) as well as Avi Sooful, Chair of the EVC Expert Panel, visited their colleagues in Ghana and worked on the project. And they...
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New Objects on the Website
An early Qur’an from Togo at the Museum Fünf Kontinente
This Qur’an at the Museum Fünf Kontinente is handwritten in black, red, gold or yellow on brown paper. It is bound with a leather strap between two hard paper covers at both ends and is then placed in a leather case which is closed with another leather strap wrapped around it. All 114 chapters of...
Joseph Francis Sumégné, Nouvelle Liberté
"May the ‘acquiring self’ which is shaped by society, and the ‘knowledge managing self’ function differently in the creation that I propose." (Joseph Francis Sumégné)
Development projects in Cameroonian cities by public authorities have still not been able...
Albrecht Dürer, Der Zeichner des liegenden Aktes, 1525-28
It is a small but powerful image. This power is based on its pictorial conciseness, its artistic quality. My reflection on the woodcut is based on a suspicion. Obviously, its message is problematic. At the beginning of the modern era in Europe, it formulates a worldview that has had great influence...
New Perspectives on Familiar Objects
A group of German art teachers has developed new approaches to objects from the EVC database. The first three contributions are online. Seven more will follow in the course of August.
In February 2019, a group of Bavarian art teachers started to develop a manual for teachers on intercultural learning in art classes: Global Perspectives in Art Education - Objects from West Africa. A manual for Art Teachers in Germany. The project was coordinated by the State Institute for School Quality and Educational Research in Munich. The manual was completed in August 2022. It can be downloaded from this website in German.
Miriam El Refaeih (since 2021)
Robin Heydenreich (2022)
Katharina Knaus (until...
New Features on the Website
Seven4Fifteen was a transcultural project in art education that works with the concept of "lumbung values" (how proposed by documenta fifteen). It attempts to connect the works of more than 700 people which were created to express these values visually, taking up exceptional daily life references in Mexico and Germany.
Between May and July 2022, more than 700 people participated in this project, which originated at the Department of Art Education at the University of Augsburg, Germany. The transcultural project was aimed at pupils, students, and art groups in both countries....
Exploring Visual Cultures (EVC) is an open, transnational network of stakeholders in the field of art, art education, visual cultures studies, and cultural anthropology founded in 2018. EVC promotes global dialogue with respect to global citizenship and sustainable development. EVC’s activities are funded by its member institutions.