Sharon Dodua Otoo

Those who arrive on the Wednesday…

The last few Bundestreffen have taken place in Helmarshausen in Hessen (just north of Kassel). The entire youth hostel is booked out and for four days Black people from all over Germany are invited to participate in workshops, organise seminars, listen to lectures, offer childrens activities, watch films or simply relax. Of course there are also plenary discussions, parties and BBQs, as well as long walks, table tennis and yoga classes. Bundestreffen is as multifaceted as its participants are; the programme is as ambitious as the activists who work in their various roles to make it happen....

Sharon Dodua Otoo

Sharon is a Black British mother, activist, author and editor of the English language book series Witnessed published by edition assemblage. Her most recent publication is The Little Book of Big Visions. How to be an Artist and Revolutionise the World co-edited by curator and conceptual artist Sandrine Micossé-Aikins (edition assemblage, 2012). She is also on the board of the “Initiative of Black People in Germany” (Die Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland [ISD-Bund] e.V.) A translation of her short story: "The Circle and Square Story" was published as “Die Geschichte vom Kreis und Viereck” in Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht. (K)Erben des Kolonialismus im Wissenschaftsarchiv deutsche Sprache, edited by Susan Arndt and Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (UNRAST Verlag, 2011). Sharon's first novella the things i am thinking while smiling politely was published in February 2012 (edition assemblage). She lives, laughs and works in Berlin.