Abdoul Karim Martens, WELL*-Summer

12.08. – 29.08.2021

When there was no palm-wine for me to drink I started to drink ordinary water which I was unable to taste before, but I did not satisfy with it as palm-wine. 
When I saw that there was no palm-wine for me again, and nobody could tap it for me, then I thought within myself that old people were saying that the whole people who had died in this world, did not go to heaven directly, but they were living in one place somewhere in this world. So that I said that I would find out where my palm-wine tapster who had died was.
– Amos Tutuola in The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952)

In the course of an exchange with the artist Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Martens gained digital access to an archive of photographs taken in the period around 1890 – 1935, which came to the museum either through donations or purchases. Thematically, these photographs can be classified in the German colonial period, which Martens deals with in detail.


This exhibition is part of the WELL*-Summer at Ebertplatz.

Program DO 12.08.:

17h Exhibition openings:
GOLD+BETON: Melo Börner / Maria Renee Morales Garcis / Lukasz Horbow / Camilo Sandoval
COMMUNITY OF COLOGNE: bebe books, Abdoul Karim Martens
MOUCHES VOLANTES: René Buttermann invited by Dobstroh & Guests

18h Poetry Project: Stamina – Reading and Booklaunch of the writing project with young people under the direction of Julia König)

19h Introducing Dobstroh: Prep-Talk – Performative introduction to the project Limiting Factor”.
a cooperation between Rheinraum e.V. Düsseldorf and Mouches Volantes from the performance collective DOBSTROH and guests

20h Performance Maria Renee Morales Garcia

21h Performance bebe books

Please note the new corona rules as posted on site!

In the context of *WELL am Ebertplatz.


Abdoul Karim Mertens began his studies in 2019 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Neustart Kultur