The supervisory board of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH (KBB) has appointed Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung as the new director at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). He will take over from Bernd M. Scherer on 1 January 2023.
Prof. Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (born 1977 in Yaoundé, Cameroon) is a curator, author, holding a PhD in biotechnology. Ndikung is professor for the MA programme Spatial Strategies at the Weißensee School of Art, Berlin, and co-editor and author of numerous publications on aspects of cultural criticism and critical exhibition theory. Ndikung is also Artistic Director of the Dutch exhibition sonsbeek 20-24 and the 13th Rencontres de Bamako 2021, a biennial of African photography in Mali. He was Curator at Large of documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, and Guest Curator of Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. Since 2009, he has been Managing Director and Artistic Director of SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin. For his work there, Ndikung received the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin in October 2020.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt is part of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH. Further institutions are Berlin International Film Festival and Berliner Festspiele with Martin Gropius Bau. The KBB is financed entirely by the federal government from the budget of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, amounting to roughly 47 million euros in 2021.
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Image: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, new Director Haus der Kulturen der Welt from January 1, 2023.
Photo: David Uzochukwu. Courtesy HKW.