Curator of Republik Repair Karina Griffith and participating artist Isaiah Lopaz on Blackness in Germany

Berlin is known for attracting creatives from all fields, but artist Isaiah Lopaz has not found it to be an openminded place.

From the series Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Him by Isaiah Lopaz

“It has been a great place to develop myself as an artist, but I think in terms of being a Black person, it hasn’t been such a great place,” Lopaz said.

Lopaz is one of the artists in the festival Republik Repair at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, which asks participants to interpret the Ten Point Action Plan of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Reparations Commission, a model for overcoming the ongoing and rippling effects of European colonialism.

Monika Müller-Kroll spoke with Lopaz and festival curator Karina Griffith about their experiences being Black in Germany.

Photo of UNRESTRICTED CONTACT, a dance performance by Grupo Oito, by Zé de Paiva.