08.-10. Juni 2022
Arena Berlin & Festsaal Kreuzberg
Rongin Shagor is a virtual artistic chain letter investigating the concept of heritage and gets others involved in the discourse of how our history shapes our actions today. This digital project looks at the broader interactions between European nations and the societies they colonised by dealing with issues of identity (gender, race, and class), language, and representation. Rongin Shagor - the colorful ocean - symbolises the variety of poetic and artistic interpretations and inspirations that emerge from one poem. They float, embark, collide and buoy in the same place, each marking approaches to respective struggles in identity politics. Dreams, visions, and associative powers of imagination in poetry are heightened through a collective growth of individual artworks that build on each other - starting with a poem by May Ayim.
May Ayim has published poetry that reflects the experiences, feelings, and realities of many BIPOC in Germany and specifically in Berlin. To take a look at the poems today is a look into the past that certainly shaped our now and will continue to shape our future. May Ayim’s poetry demonstrates the important malleability of language and its power to both give and take from marginalized people.