© bpk/ S. Fischer Stiftung/ Leonore Mau
The writer and ethnologist Hubert Fichte (1935–1986) is considered a poetic and documentarian realist precursor for new disciplines in Germany such as Queer Studies and Postcolonial Studies: In his writings, economic criticism, (homo-) sexuality and self-reflection become methodical tools. With exhibitions and translations of his novels into the languages of the places that Hubert Fichte traveled with his life companion Leonore Mau, the project attempts to stimulate reception of his work there for the first time.
In 2017, the cooperation project with the Goethe-Institut started out with the exhibitions Mistake! Mistake! said the rooster… and stepped down from the duck in the art space Lumiar Cité in Lisbon (September 23–November 5, 2017; co-curator: Jürgen Bock), Implosão: Trans(relacion)ando Hubert Fichte at the MAM – Museum of Modern Art in Salvador de Bahia (November 7–December 17, 2017) and at the Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica in Rio de Janeiro (November 25, 2017–January 13, 2018); co-curators: Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz and Amilcar Packer). The next stops will be Santiago de Chile (September 13–October 14, 2018), New York (2018), Dakar, and finally in Berlin at HKW (both in 2019).
Conceived by Diedrich Diederichsen and Anselm Franke in cooperation with other curators
The exhibition project is being accompanied by a web journal offering insights into Fichte’s writing in German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Wolof and English: projectfichte.org
Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology is a cooperation between Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, supported by S. Fischer Stiftung and S. Fischer Verlag. Part of The New Alphabet, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag