Artist's talk: 'Anti-Authoritarians: Berlin, 1968-2018'
Lecture Theatre 1, 43 Woodland Road, BS8 1UU
This is a photographic project documenting people that had been either directly involved in, or came in the wake of, the 1960s anti-authoritarian movement as it developed in Berlin.
The photographs include people who were either students at the time or who had held sympathies with the aims of the student revolt. It features ex-members of the main student union, the SDSand others who were linked to the German Social Democratic Party (SDP). Also featured are activists who were influenced by Maoist, anarchist and other radical political thought current at the time as well as individuals from cultural and counter-cultural perspectives (such as Kommune1 and K1 Ost). Other participants include former dissidents from the DDR and others who were then in exile from repressive regimes outside of Germany (for example Greece or Iran).
This project has been made in collaboration with the German Historical Institute in London as well as the Free University in Berlin (a significant center of the student revolt). It was presented in a symposium, Rudi Dutschke in the UK – political activist, political refugee, political threat at Cambridge University in 2017.
Anti-Authoritarians is programmed to be exhibited in London, Berlin and Helsinki throughout 2018.
The talk at Bristol contextualizes the Berlin experience with reference to the wave of student and political revolt that occurred globally throughout 1968.
Colin Robins is a documentary photographer and an associate lecturer in Photography at Plymouth University.