Exhibition Opening and Symposium of the Bauhaus Lab 2022
The starting point for the Bauhaus Lab 2022 is a UN-HABITAT conference organised by the “Bauakademie” of the GDR in 1988 at the Bauhaus Dessau (at that time operating as “Zentrum für Gestaltung”), where a prefabricated construction system developed by GDR architects and applied in the ANC centres in Tanzania was showcased. The story of this international encounter challenges previous Cold War historiographies in relation to the global engagement of the Eastern Bloc, especially with regard to their role within independence and liberation movements. Through the case studies of SOMAFCO and Dakawa, the Bauhaus Lab 2022 explores the interconnections of the GDR’s “global socialism” with decolonial education movements and social transformations in Africa in the late years of the Cold War.
The results of the Bauhaus Lab will also be summarised and presented in an exhibition in the Bauhaus Building. In the panel discussion at the opening of the exhibition, Bauhaus Lab participants together with international guests will discuss questions about the role of education in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.