Werk mee aan een memorial site tegen racisme in Bremen

Senator für Kultur Freie Hansestadt Bremen


Announcement of an open call of interest and art-competition, to find artistic proposals for building a new memorial site in the City of Bremen.

On January 7, 2005, Laye Alama Condé, born in Sierra Leone, died at the age of 35 in Bremen due to a racist practice. He died after the multiple use of emetics, which had been given administered to him in police custody due to a political decision. His death was condoned.

Between 1991 and 2005, many young black men in Bremen, some of them minors, were subjected to this coercive measure. It was not until 2005 that the Bürgerschaft, Bremen’s parliament, decided to no longer use this method.

A place of remembrance is now to be constructed for all victims of the use of emetics – no person may be tortured, come to harm or die in state custody in Germany!

The content of the new memorial site has three focal points:

  • Memorial for Laye Alama Condé
  • Memorial place for the victims of forced emetic use
  • Memorial site against anti-black racism (racism)

All (visual) artists are invited to participate in the two-stage artistic competition. A budget of 60,000 Euros is available for the realisation of the artwork. A selection committee set up especially for this competition will make the decision.

Further information and requirements for participation can be found in the call for proposals for the competition.

For whom?

All (visual-) artists worldwide can announce their interest. All artists are welcome to apply. Artists who have a reference to the themes and content described above are particularly encouraged to take part. We would also be very pleased if Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPoC) in particular would participate in the process.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact Ms Nicole Nowak.
Senator for Culture
Altenwall 15/16
28195 Bremen
Tel. 0421 -361 59799


Mr. Werner Wick
Press and Communications
Senator for Culture
Altenwall 15/16
28195 Bremen
Tel. 0421 361-16173

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