Trailer of the video installations work in progress: Napuli's Tree. With this project, starting from a poetic dialogue between Napuli and the Sycamore Tree, I am referring to this very respectful relationship with trees and invite the audience to reflect a posteriori about what was happening in Oranienplatz, occupied between 2012 and 2014 by refugees. At the same time, I would like to give the audience the opportunity to hear this important and influential voice of a person who has been a witness and one of the main leaders of this occupation: the refugee and African activist Napuli Langa. In a courageous action, for five days, she went on strike after having climbed up the Sycamore tree. With your action, you glorify two years of resistance and protest in a park, occupied mainly by refugees coming from African countries. At the same time, you question the harsh asylum politics of the German government.
Without her action, we can say that in some way all these resistance efforts were in vain, as the media presented the dismantling of the park as a rather pacific situation, in which even the refugees were supporting it.
This question are part of almost two hours long interview with Napuli, which I divided in four specific topics. For each topic, I asked Napuli to answer me from four different locations in the park, always with the tree as a reference in the background.
Here the list of 4 of the questions that I chose for the short version:
– About the Tree
2- What was the reason why you chose to climb up the tree?
-- In relation to your speech at the UN
1- Do you think the current discussion about the Refugee theme and the politics of asylum are developing only in theory and do not take into account the concrete requests/concerns and needs of migrants?
-- Personal migration background
3- When did the refugee movement in Berlin begin to be organized?
-- Cognition of politics of Sudan in Germany and Europe
4- Which is your message to or advice for European activists that support the work of African activists?