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SANDRA CHATTERJEE

›KOLONIALE WOHLFÜHL-DÜFTE – GERÜCHE DES RASSISMUS‹ Teil 1

Lecture

THU 6/17 7 p.m.
External location: Städtische Galerie
Language: German and English

Free admission. Donations welcome.

Racism has long had an olfactory side, which is (too) rarely taken into account, however. The ghost of racism as we understand it today has been haunting us at least since the European Enlightenment. One of the most famous philosophers of that time, Immanuel Kant, for example, claimed that there is a direct connection between bad body odor and skin color. Until this day, the connection between cultural differences and smells is not immune from racist ascriptions. "Colonial goods" such as coffee and chocolate, on the other hand, trigger positive associations with feeling good, lifestyle and a touch of luxury. The fact that until today exploitative labor relations and colonialist economic relations stand behind them is something the fragrance does not convey.

Based on research on the scents and the history of Bremen as the center of colonial trade, a discussion on the overlapping points emerges between colonial ›feel-good flagrances‹ like coffee and chocolate, the Bremer scent landscape and the current research on the olfactory dimension of racism.

In her lecture, Sandra Chatterjee outlines her research on the scent landscape of Bremen and relates it to her dance work and her engagement with smells and racism. The focus is on the artistic research question: Is it possible to decolonize scents?

›COLONIAL FEEL-GOOD FLAGRANCE – SCENTS OF RACISM‹ Part 2
SUN 06/20 7 p.m.
Lecture Performance / kukoon im Park