Konstantinos Doumpenidis


Visual Artist and Creative Director
Lives and works in Athens, Greece 

Creative Director of Juicer Studio
Part of Esto Association

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Preserving the Past, Shaping the Future: Lessons from ZNS Archive for Reconciliation and Awareness

Halle 14, Leipzig - Germany
May 2023

The exploration of Leipzig's routes reflecting Germany's colonial past reveals intriguing points of interest, including Friedrich Ratzel's role in the Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft (DKG) and the connection to karakul sheep in Namibia. The sheep's journey from Halle to Namibia and the subsequent fur trade to Leipzig unveils a significant historical narrative. These sheep played vital roles in displacing indigenous communities, shaping local economies, and were subjects of scientific discussions on agriculture, genetics, and race. By reexamining history through the Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen (ZNS) archives, attention is drawn to the rightful claim of reparations by the Herero and Nama people in Germany, highlighting the importance of rectifying historical injustices for a more just and inclusive future.

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