dOCUMENTA 13. Symposium July 8-15: Western Sahara - a colonial conflict in our time

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dOCUMENTA (13) – Human Rights Symposium “Western Sahara – a colonial conflict in our time”

Presented by Bettina Semmer as part of the installation of Robin Kahn and Sahrawi women "The Art of Sahrawi Cooking" Projekt #90

July 8-15, daily 6-8pm
A series of public talks in the Sahrawi Tent (Khaima) includes eminent speakers from the academic and socio-political sphere, NGOs, artists and eye witnesses of Sahrawi life, films, music and discussion. The list is open to guest speakers who will be announced online and in leaflets throughout the week.

The talks, organized by artist Bettina Semmer, Berlin (, will be held in English and German language.
live streaming at presented by francis gomila. sahara broadcast managed by Khalil Haj

Daily 6 - 8 pm, panel of speakers with Q & A for the public.
Daily 10 am - 6 pm Sahrawi tea, films and analogue chat.

July 8
Prof. Werner Ruf, Professor for International and intersocietal realtions and foreign politics, University of Kassel (em. 2003), advisory status (EU, GTZ, among others): “Right to a home, right to a state” (

July 9
Judit Smajdli, Anthropologist: “On the Saharaui Tent - Khaima”
Terry Berkowitz, artist, NY: Interviews with Sahrawi

July 10
Human Rights Panel: The Rights of the Saharawi people: As Refugees and as Residents in the occupied zone of Western Sahara.
Prof. Manfred Hinz, University of Bremen
Dr. Annelie Koschella, coordinator Western Sahara, medico international e.V., and Karin Urschel, director of projects, medico international e.V.,Frankfurt, on the right to health in the refugee camps., Prof. Werner Ruf, Kassel, Thomas Schmidt, (lawyer), Secretary General of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH)

July 11
Film: “El Problema” on life in the occupied territory
Ingunde Fuehlau, former head of MINURSO in Tindouf

July 12
Wolfgang Hofmann, organizer of "Sahara Marathon", Düsseldorf (

July 13
Francis Gomila, artist, Berlin: live streaming at managed by Khalil Hadj
Bettina Semmer, artist, Berlin: “Art and transformation” (artists’ projects in Western Sahara, ARTifariti,

July 14/15
"Projektgruppe Westsahara" on the initiative of youth exchange and founding of Youth Centre in Ausserd, Refugee Camps ( Also: Sahrawis living in Germany speak about their experience.

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