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Opening of the intervention Delta Worlds in the RJM

Join the DELTA team on September 26th at 6.30pm when it opens its intervention 'Delta Worlds: Living in unsteady change' at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum


         We invite you to the opening of our intervention
                  Delta Worlds: Living in unsteady change
                      in the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum.


From 27 September 2019 to 5 January 2020, the intervention provides insight into today's lifewolrds in Brazil, Canada, Myanmar and Senegal. Using five stations, it shows how different, but also how similar, everyday life is in the deltas of a networked world.:

Movement and rhythm: Nothin in the deltas stands still, neither people nor landscapes. Many things repeat themselves, but are not exactly the same in any repetition as before.

Livelihood and tradition: Delta inhabitants generally earn their livelihood from several different sources, each of which would be too small to provide for them. Despite their significant changes, these livelihoods are traditional because they enable the continuation of locally valued lifestyles.

Postcolonialism and politics: Colonial history still shapes life in these river deltas today. In addition to enocomic disadvantages, this also entails political dependencies, which today's Delta inhabitants try to change with their own means.

Materiality and infrastructure: The materials of which deltas are made - sand, mud, salt, water, etc. - help to determine which lifestyles can exist there. Manmade infrastructures such as dams and canals also help to shape the lives of the delta inhabitants.

Living together: In deltas, members of different ethnic groups often live together. They also share the deltas with non-human life forms such as animals and spirits.

The exhibited objects originate from ethnographic research in the Ayeyawady Delta (Myanmar), Mackenzie Delta (Canada), Parnaíba Delta (Brazil) and Sine-Saloum Delta (Senegal). The research was carried out as part of the DELTA project at the University of Cologne. The project is funded by the Emmy Noether Program of the German Research Foundation. 

Nora Horisberger, Benoit Ivars, Franz Krause, Sandro Simon 

Exhibition design:
Marie-Helen Scheid

Teresa Cremer


Thusday, 26 September 2019, 6.30 pm

Vernissage: Delta Welten: Leben im unstetem Wandel

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cäcilienstraße 35, 50667 Köln


Guided tours with the curators:

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 5pm

Delta Worlds: Postcolonial Mud and the Mackenzie Delta

Guided tour | Free Admission


Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 5pm

Delta Worlds: Between Sand and Seawater in Parnaíba Delta in Brazil

Guided tour I Free Admission


Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 5pm

Delta Worlds: Shells and Materiality in the Sine-Saloum Delta in Senegal

Guided tour I Free Admission