Visual Cultures of Africa.

Mary Clare Kidenda, Lize Kriel, Ernst Wagner (Eds.). Waxmann 2022, ISBN 978-3-8309-4523-9  E-Book: Open Access: Link  Introduction to this first EVC book: Link


Von der Entmachtung des westlichen Blicks – eine Prognose zum Ende der documenta als Ausstellungsformat.

By Ernst Wagner. In: Kunst+Unterricht (K+U) 459-460/, 2022. pp 72 - in German


Typisch! Oder doch nicht? (Typical! Or is it?)

By Ernst Wagner. In: Austrian Development Agency. Weltnachrichten 3/21, Vienna/Austria (eds.) - in German (link)


Decolonisation of art education? / Dekolonisierung der Kunstpädagogik? - in English (link) and in German (link)

Natalie Göltenboth in conversation with Ernst Wagner. Goethe-Institut, Latitude, March 2021


World Views. Kunst 5 to 10, Issue 62 (I/2021) - in German


  • Barbara Lutz-Sterzenbach (ed.):World views
  • Annette Schemmel: Ceramics with heads - Vessels in human or animal shape
  • Anna Börnsen: Masks from West Africa - Designing masks from recycled and natural materials
  • Katharina Knaus: Mythical creatures from all over the world
  • Stefanie Müller: The thousand mountains of Fan Kuan - Mountain landscapes based on Chinese models
  • Barbara Lutz-Sterzenbach: Hokusai Manga - A monster scene in black and white
  • Barbara Lutz-Sterzenbach: Tanka - Exploring Japanese poetry
  • Tim Proetel: Adinkras - Transformation of symbols

Back Coupling

Catalogue for the exhibition Back Coupling in 3 Munich galleries. June 2021 - in English (Link)


Kunstpädagogik dekolonialisieren - in German

By Barbara Lutz-Sterzenbach & Ernst Wagner. In: BDK-Mitteilungen 4.2021. S. 30 f.



Эрнст Вагнер. (CULTURE, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT). In: Spirituality of a Personality: Methodology, Theory and Practice. Issue 2(101) 2021, Ukraine


Welche Kunstgeschichte sollen wir betreiben? Content im Horizont der Globalisierung. Auf dem Weg zu einer transformativen Kunstpädagogik - in German

By Ernst Wagner. In: Kirschenmann, Johannes & Schulz, Frank (Hrsg.), Begegnungen - Band 2 der Sonderreihe KUNST · GESCHICHTE · UNTERRICHT. 2021. München (Kopaed). S. 270 – 310


Shared Content in Transnational Communities in Real and Virtual Environments: Art Education in the Context of Globalization

Summary of the project by Ernst Wagner for the Czech publication “Connection – Contact – Community”, edited by Hana Stehlíková Babyrádová and Blahoslav Rozbořil, and set to be published by MU (Brno) in cooperation with Dokořán Publishing House (Prague) 2020: Overview over the project, giving an example as a case study, a joint interpretation of El Anatsui’s installation “Rising Sea” by Patrique deGraft-Yankson (from Ghana) and Ernst Wagner (from Germany). In English. Download of manuscript? Please click here.


Worldviews - World of Images

By Annette Schemmel and Tim Proetel, in: BDK Info 29/2020, edited by the NGO BDK – Association for Art Education, pp 46 - 49 Link In German.


Diversity in Arts Education - an International Perspective In German.

By Ernst Wagner: Diversitätsorientierte Kulturelle Bildung in internationaler Perspektive: (Einführung in die ifa-Studie) / IFA (ifa-Edition Kultur und Außenpolitik), Stuttgart. 2020:


El Anatsui, Rising Sea In German.

By Patrique deGraft-Yankson: El Anatsui, Rising Sea. In: Astrid Brosch & Ernst Wagner (Hrsg): 101 Ikonen - Schlüsselwerke des kulturellen Bildgedächtnisses im Kunstunterricht. Westermann 2020


Arts, Culture, Education and Development

By Ernst Wagner in: MONOGRAPH. International Association of Educating Cities (Barcelona), City, Culture and Education. pp 62 - 71. Barcelona 2020 Link / Download PDF In English


Diversity 2.0 – global art education

Ernst Wagner gives an overview of the project and explained its theoretical and political background Ffor the German Journal “BDK Info” 28/2019, edited by the NGO “BDK – Association for Art Education.” In German. (link:


The Tattooed Locker – A School Project

By Annette Schemmel, in: Kunst 5-10. volume 57/2019, pp 18 - 23 In German.



Public Lectures in the Context of EVC


  • 17 February 2022: documenta lecture series (online)  From the “art of places” to “the place of art”: decolonization of culture and development of a transcultural dialogue. Lecture by Paul-Henry Souvenir Assako Assako (Yaounde/Douala, Cameroon)
  • 10 February 2022: documenta lecture series (online)  Images of defiance - South African anti-apartheid t-shirts. Lecture by Avi Sooful (Pretoria, South Africa)


  • 25 November 2021: documenta lecture series (online)  In search for definition: Investigation into the Concept and Context of Ghanaian Art. Lecture by Patrique deGraft-Yankson and Osuanyi Quaicoo Essel (Winneba/Ghana). Video recorded: Link
  • 4 November 2021: blaxTARLINES / KNUST Kumasi, Ghana. Exploring Visual Cultures. Lecture by the German delegation.
  • 21 October 2021: Academy of Arts Education Remscheid, Germany. Cultural Education in Postcolonial Times. Lectures by Emily Achieng Akuno and Ernst Wagner. Link
  • 14 October 2021: documenta lecture series (online): The Role of Competency-Based Education and Training to Enhance the Quality of Design Practice and Planning in Jua Kali artisan’s Skills as a  Community of Learners in Kenya. Lecture by Mary Claire Kidenda. Video recorded: Link
  • 8 October 2021: Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany. Was die deutsche Kunstpädagogik von dem Desaster in Afghanistan lernen kann. Lecture by Ernst Wagner
  • 27 September 2021: St. Lawrence University Kampala, Uganda. Potentials of Transcultural Art Education. Conference organized by AFrAA. Lecture by Tim Proetel, Link
  • 23 September 2021: Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany. Arts.Pedagogy.Global - conference hosted by BDK Bayern. Lectures by Avi Sooful and Ernst Wagner. Link  Download the manuscript of Avi's speech Link
  • 16 -17 July 2021: UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture in Education, FAU Germany. Conference Interpretational Practices in the Postcolonial Era: Transcultural Perspectives in Cameroon, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. Keynotes by: Patrique deGraft-Yankson, Paul-Henri Souvenir ASSAKO ASSAKO, Esther Kibuka-Sebitosi, Mary Clare Akinyi Kidenda, and Ernst Wagner. Link
  • 26 June 2021: InSEA Webinar: Art education and globalization - Lectures by Osuanyi Quaicoo Essel, Tim Proetel, Annette Schemmel, and Ernst Wagner. Link
  • 19 June 2021: ACASA Triennial 2021, Lecture by Paul-Henri Souvenir ASSAKO ASSAKO. Link
  • Online: Ernst Wagner: Exploring Visual Cultures. Kunstpädagogik im Zeitalter der Globalität. In German
  • 28 May 2021: Spaces of cultural heritage (Karimatu Dauda, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria: Arts, Education & Sustainability of Bansuwe Dance among the Bura People of Borno State, Nigeria  &  Ernst Wagner: Exploring Visual Cultures - Transnational Internet Portal on Pictorial | Visual Memory, moderated by Pia Wagner (University of Hildesheim, Germany)
  • 25 May 2021: KACES Seoul, Korea, The 4 th UNITWIN Symposium - Arts Education in and through a Time of Crisis: How arts education can contribute to resolving today’s challenges; Ernst Wagner: Diversity in art education.


  • 7 December 2020: Luxun Art Academy, Shenyang, China; Ernst Wagner: New concepts of aesthetic education in a challenging era - the European experience
  • 1 December 2020: UNESCO HQ Paris: Expert Meeting on Education-related Indicators in the Overall Results Framework (ORF) for the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Their Relationship with SDG 4; Ernst Wagner: The EVC project
  • 26 and 27 November 2020: Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in cooperation with the Dresden University of Fine Arts: Museums and Universities of Diversity. How do museums and art colleges actively live and learn diversity? Ernst Wagner: Transformations of Art Education in Globalisation - Building Blocks for Contemporary Art Education
  • 16 - 17 March 2020: Sultan Qaboos University's College of Education, Muscat, Symposium Exploring Visual Cultures in Oman; Ernst Wagner: Colleective Memory and Visual Culture
  • 7 February 2020: Museum Fünf Kontinente München; Paul Assako: Collecting and Presenting African Arts in the Museums of the Global North - A Perspective from Cameroon
  • 20 January 2020, Academy of Fine Arts Munich: Heimspiel; Annette Schemmel and Tim Proetel: „Bilderwelten – Weltbilder; Notizen zu einem transkulturellen Kunstunterricht“
  • 14 January 2020: University of Munich (LMU), lecture series "Art, Culture, Society" with the thematic focus on 'Awareness'; Ernst Wagner: Global Art vs. Local Art / Heritage vs. Future / Art vs. Education - A Report from the Laboratory of the Munich Academy of Art.


  • 2 December 2019: University of Wuppertal, Germany:1st International Conference of UNESCO Chairs; Paul Assako Assako, Patrique deGraft-Yankson and Esther Kibuka-Sebetosi: Collective Memory in the context of Visual Cultures
  • 13 November 2019: Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany: Exploring Visual Cultures - Perspectives from Ghana
    • Selasi Awusi Sosu: Glass through glass on glass: Exploring the poetics (LMU, Große Aula)
    • Eric Sakyi Nketiah: Euro-African femininity: Traditional German views of women similarly expressed in the traditional image of Ghanaian womanhood
    • Ebenezer Kwabena AcquahGhanaian art symbols and their representation: The Akan of Ghana in perspective.
    • Osuanyi Quaicoo EsselFashion on currency and currency of Ghanaian fashion
    • Patrique deGraft-YanksonSaying it the Artist’s Way: An aesthetical discourse on selected works of art from the Department of Art Education, UEW
    • Joseph Gertrude Nkrumah: Clio's perspective: an interpretation of some political symbols in the Ghanaian society
    • Joseph EssumanTechnological intrusions in image creation and interpretation within the Ghanaian visual culture
    • Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo: Art, symbol and philosophy – A study of selected Ghanaian wax print design
  • 2 - 6 September 2019: International Symposium (Summer School) in Cape Town, South Africa    Link
  • 29 January 2019: Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany: : Exploring Visual Cultures - Dialogues between South Africa and Germany
    • Dieter Rehm: Welcome address
    • Esther Kibuka-Sebitosi: Challenges and dilemmas of Decolonization: The 17 SDGs and Social contradictions in South Africa
    • Kerstin Pinther: In their own form: design as a material mode of critical inquiry - the work of Studio Formafantasma.
    • Elfriede Dreyer: Johannes Phokela, Deconstructing the European Masters
    • Bongani Mkhonza: Re-imagining the Image (Rhodes must fall - by Sethembile Msezane; Nelson Mandela the statue at the Union Buildings; They don’t make them like they used to - Mary Sibande)
    • Bea Lundt: The mermaid. An iconic figure between nature, femininity and death
    • Elfriede Dreyer: Rhizomatic identity in Africa
    • Niklas Wolf: Nefertiti Hack