Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Künstlerhaus Bethanien The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is an international artist residency programme and exhibition space that is in an established player within the Berlin and international art scene since 1974.
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Künstlerhaus Bethanien is a service enterprise whose goal is to further contemporary art and contemporary artists. It is responsible for the lodging and assistance of international guests; for offering advice in general questions concerning art and its practical issues; for the running of the workshops; for the planning and realization of its residents' events; and the development and organization of artistic and cultural projects both in and outside of Berlin. The Künstlerhaus is a project workshop and a location for events, and its structure is comprised of many layers.

We are so looking forward to having Eric Schumacher join us at KB! The artist who is currently based between Scotland & ...
10/06/2020
Fonds culturel national

We are so looking forward to having Eric Schumacher join us at KB! The artist who is currently based between Scotland & Luxembourg has been selected by the Fonds culturel national for a 6 month residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, with the support of the Ministère de la Culture, Luxembourg.

Before we welcome Eric on 1 July, he has an exhibition at Nosbaum Reding Projects in which he's presenting new works that "dwell on the complex relationships between global consumer culture and the modernist ideals underpinning it".

http://www.nosbaumreding.lu/en/artists/exhibitiondetails/12830/eric-schumacher-plzz-za?iae=236

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Eric Schumacher, prochain résident au Künstlerhaus Bethanien à Berlin

Récompensé plusieurs fois au Royaume-Uni, Eric Schumacher a déjà exposé au Luxembourg comme à l’étranger. En 2017, il a été sélectionné pour participer à la Triennale de la jeune création Jet-Lag aux Rotondes, sa première exposition au Luxembourg où il a su montrer à la fois sa modestie et son humour en exposant Cluderer, une série de sculptures amassant les travaux rejetés des artistes ayant candidaté pour la Triennale. Eric Schumacher prouve aussi qu’il sait s’adapter à son environnement et se l’approprier : dans une quête de sens suite au vote sur le Brexit, l’artiste a effectué un tour d’Europe depuis l’Ecosse, en passant par l’ex Yougoslavie jusqu’à la Grèce. En 2019, à la suite de son road-trip, Eric Schumacher a participé au prix Robert Schuman, sous proposition de Stilbé Schroeder. En travaillant sur une évocation du voyage et de ses différentes composantes, il a su rappeler au public que le voyage n’est pas qu’une simple question de destination et d’organisation pratique mais aussi un problème collectif qui renvoi à l’essentiel : la nature et le vivre ensemble. Son exposition pLzZ zA, première intervention chez Nosbaum Reding Projects, ouvrira jeudi 11 juin 2020.

Cette résidence de six mois au Künstlerhaus Bethanien permettra à Eric Schumacher de cultiver les suites de son travail sur /11;11; et de travailler le dessin et la peinture toujours avec un concept tridimensionnel. Ses recherches porteront sur les liens entre la « commercialisation de l’environnement humain » et nos « comportements rituels innés », sous le titre de travail Work Hard Play Hard.

En collaboration avec le Ministère de la Culture, Luxembourg

https://mailchi.mp/focuna/guy3q25u80-2100027?e=6431b510d6

Normally our discussion series Show me your Architecture would happen on-site, but due to current circumstances virtual ...
10/06/2020

Normally our discussion series Show me your Architecture would happen on-site, but due to current circumstances virtual resident Hamlet Lavastida (@hamletlavastida ) recently shared some thoughts about his work in an online meeting -


About the revolution that shaped Cuba into a communist republic, how the country's culture is more deeply situated in politics than nationality, and how the DDR became an unlikely role-model for Cuban communist society. Here's a peek at what he's working with!

Hamlet Lavastida is grantee of the KfW-Stiftung.


#Hamletlavastida #residentartist #berlinart #kfwstiftung #residency

Künstlerhaus Bethanien's cover photo
09/06/2020

Künstlerhaus Bethanien's cover photo

Igor VidorImage: Reverse goat skull, 2020, Digital print, Maße variabel, Courtesy the artist, © Igor Vidor, Berlin.Exhib...
08/06/2020

Igor Vidor

Image: Reverse goat skull, 2020, Digital print, Maße variabel, Courtesy the artist, © Igor Vidor, Berlin.

Exhibition: Allegory of Terror
Running: 19 June - 12 July 2020

Logan Mac DonaldExhibition: bætha / repatriateRunning: 19 June - 12 July 2020
08/06/2020

Logan Mac Donald
Exhibition: bætha / repatriate
Running: 19 June - 12 July 2020

It’s wonderful to see that this year’s Biennale of Sydney is reopening now with extended dates. Under the artistic direc...
08/06/2020
The 22nd Biennale of Sydney reopens with extended dates

It’s wonderful to see that this year’s Biennale of Sydney is reopening now with extended dates. Under the artistic direction of former KB resident Brook Andrew-Artist, the artist- and First Nations-led Biennale proposes to demonstrate “that artists and creatives have the power to resolve, heal, dismember and imagine futures of transformation for re-setting the world. Sovereignty is at the centre of these actions, and shines a light on environments in shadow.”

https://www.biennaleofsydney.art/media/media-releases/22nd-biennale-sydney-reopens-extended-dates/

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney, titled NIRIN, returns in 2020 from 14 March to 8 June, with Artistic Director Brook Andrew.

Save the date!! On 19 June, we are so very happy to be reopening with new solo exhibitions:Gladys Kalichini - “... these...
06/06/2020
KB

Save the date!! On 19 June, we are so very happy to be reopening with new solo exhibitions:

Gladys Kalichini - “... these gestures of memory”
Logan Mac Donald - “bætha / repatriate”
Igor Vidor - “Allegory of Terror”
Annedore Dietze
Paul Wesenberg

Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

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https://www.bethanien.de/en/

KUNSTFORUM International's latest issue is focused on contemporary painting and politics. It includes the article 'Redne...
04/06/2020
Redner, Statements und Gesichter – www.kunstforum.de

KUNSTFORUM International's latest issue is focused on contemporary painting and politics. It includes the article 'Redner, Statements und Gesichter' on how artists question social and political power structures, featuring former KB resident Vincent Valdez, as well as Christine Wang, Tatjana Doll and Caroline Walker.

https://www.kunstforum.de/artikel/redner-statements-und-gesichter/

Politische Malerei Redner, Statements und Gesichter Was wird gezeigt? Und wie oft? Wer macht die Pressetitel? Wer steht am Rednerpult? Und welche Gesichter bleiben einem Publikum verborgen? Gegenwärtige politische Malerei verdeutlicht das ökonomische System von medialer Aufmerksamkeit. Denn um an ...

#KBHistory "I have been here always, I saw everlasting death." The constant voice of the artist Carrie Mae Weems follows...
03/06/2020

#KBHistory
"I have been here always, I saw everlasting death." The constant voice of the artist Carrie Mae Weems follows us through the installation "Ritual and Revolution" (1992), recently on view at Galerie Barbara Thumm, and exhibited for the first time in our old location at Mariannenplatz. The large digital prints on transparent muslin drapes move as visitors brush past them, reminding us of our own actuating force in the historical events they depict: The historical ruins of Elmina Castle, the area of West-Africa where slave traders shipped black captives to North-America, or police violence against peaceful protesters fighting for equal rights - ruinous and destructive moments of human history. A past as relevant today as when the exhibition was first shown.

@carriemaeweems
#blacklivesmatter #galeriebarbarathumm
#kuenstlerhausbethanien

Spotlight on Stary Mwaba whose work engages with the current socio-political circumstances in Zambia. Recently, the form...
03/06/2020

Spotlight on Stary Mwaba whose work engages with the current socio-political circumstances in Zambia. Recently, the former KB resident has turned attention to the Copperbelt region to create labour-intensive newsprint canvases that highlight how the role of mining has affected people there. In ‘Silikoses’ (2019), we see a man who is waiting for a medical exam to find out if he has silicosis, a form of lung disease caused by inhaling mineral dust.

Image: Stary Mwaba
'Silikoses', 2019
Mixed media on perforated newsprint
200 × 139 cm
Courtesy the artist and Modzi Arts.

https://www.artsy.net/artist/stary-mwaba

Spotlight on Gladys Kalichini. The Zambian artist’s practice includes painting, digital work and installations, through ...
02/06/2020

Spotlight on Gladys Kalichini. The Zambian artist’s practice includes painting, digital work and installations, through which she explores representations of women in relation to dominant, national colonial histories. In her video “Burial: Erasing Erasure” (2017), she stages a Zambian burial practice in which some mourners are covered with white powder (chinbuyaring). In doing so, she aims to create space for mourning and remembering, especially for the loss or disappearance of historically important women from public narratives of Zambia’s struggle for independence in the early 1960s, such as Alice Lenshina (b.1920 - d.1978) and Julia Chikamoneka (b.1910 – d.1986).

This piece is now on view as part of the online format of this year’s Bienal do Mercosul. Gladys will soon also be opening her solo show “... these gestures of memory” at KB this coming 19 June, stay tuned for more info!

Gladys' residency at KB is supported by the KfW Stiftung

Image: Gladys Kalichini (video still) "Burial: Erasing Erasure" 2017. 4’29’’. Courtesy the artist.

http://www.fundacaobienal.art.br/bienal-12-obras/Burial%3A-Erasing-Erasure?lang=en

Welcome back! Another artist that has recently settled back into his studio accomodation in Berlin is Japanese artist Ka...
29/05/2020

Welcome back! Another artist that has recently settled back into his studio accomodation in Berlin is Japanese artist Katsuhiko Matsubara (@katsuhiko.matsubara.studio ).
Under normal circumstances Katsuhiko would have showcased his organic, pulsating paintings at the Künstlerhaus this May - the postponed opening now takes place on the 21st of August. Save the date!

In the meantime you can still visit Katsuhiko's creature-like paintings in a couple of exhibition spaces in Berlin:

Foto 1: 3 large-scale painting "Hourglass #1,2,3", Bar Am (@baramberlin ), Berlin 28.05.2020 - 01.08.2020 (Ongoing)

Foto 2: Lost In Transformation, Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum, Berlin 16.03.2020 - 28.08.2020 (Ongoing)

Foto 3: Foto 1: Group show "Der River", Spinnerei, Leipzig 21.02.2020 - 04.04.2020 (Finished)

Foto 4: Studio

#japanischdeutscheszentrum #katsuhikomatsubara #artistsinresidence #closedbutopen #kuenstlerhausbethanien #spinnerei

This weekend in Kreuzberg - 'The Forage'! Take yourself on an exploration of the neighbourhood to playfully discover art...
29/05/2020
Æ – The Forage

This weekend in Kreuzberg - 'The Forage'! Take yourself on an exploration of the neighbourhood to playfully discover artworks by Berlin-based artists, including current KB resident Mar Fjell together with Malin Arnell, who will be doing a one hour action each day.

In the words of the organisers Æ: "The Forage is an invitation to rummage, to wander, to queer the Kiez in search for these treasures"

Check the website for the map and further info:

May 30 - June 1, 2020.
We will be doing an one hour action on each day.

http://www.aeproject.info/

Former KB Aiko Tezuka has work in the current exhibition of ‘Collection Highlights’ at the Fukuoka Art Museum. Her 2016 ...
29/05/2020
Fukuoka Art Museum

Former KB Aiko Tezuka has work in the current exhibition of ‘Collection Highlights’ at the Fukuoka Art Museum. Her 2016 piece ‘Certainty / Entropy’ is on view amongst the likes of Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama and Yinka Shonibare, not a bad crowd to be presented among!

https://www.fukuoka-art-museum.jp/en/collection/?q=modern

This site is the official one of The Fukuoka Art Museum. In March 2019, the Fukuoka Art Museum was reborn!

Wonderful - more of our artists are finally returning to their studios, and we'll keep you updated as they keep tricklin...
27/05/2020

Wonderful - more of our artists are finally returning to their studios, and we'll keep you updated as they keep trickling back in! Tomorrow, we'll give you a peek into the continued practice of our first returned artist - Amélie Laurence Fortin (@amelielaurencefortin ).
In the meantime here's a screenshot of one of our online meetings with almost all the artists - present and abroad, including our virtual resident Hamlet Lavastida (@hamletlavastida )- There are 3 continents visible in this photo!

Welcome Carola Uehlken (@carolauehlken )!Give us a hand in greeting our new head of press and public relations.With both...
27/05/2020

Welcome Carola Uehlken (@carolauehlken )!

Give us a hand in greeting our new head of press and public relations.
With both a background as a curator/ writer and as a practicing artist, Carola brings a unique perspective to the work that goes on at the Künstlerhaus. From investigating mysterious real estate conspiracies in her art collective ​KLÖTZLER & UEHLKEN, to directing the construction site-bound project space "Babel" and realizing numerous art projects across Europe and China, her eclectic international experience will undoubtedly be a great addition to the team.
We’re very excited that you’re joining us!

Photo: Valeria Schulte-Fischedick

#newemployee #kuenstlerhausbethanien #artberlin #artistsinresidence

For our French readers: Amélie Laurence Fortin only recently made it back to us at KB after being stranded in Warsaw. Th...
27/05/2020
Les péripéties d'une artiste de Lévis en Europe confinée

For our French readers: Amélie Laurence Fortin only recently made it back to us at KB after being stranded in Warsaw. The enclosed article traces her journey as borders closed one after the other, as well as how the discovery of a ray of light in her Warsaw attic opened up a new direction in her practice. We are so pleased to have her back with us and continuing this new strand of her practice!

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1704340/peripeties-artiste-levis-europe-confinee

Partie s'installer à Berlin pour un an, à l'occasion d'une résidence du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), l'artiste en arts visuels Amélie Laurence Fortin s'est retrouvée prise dans une course contre la montre, lors de la fermeture des frontières en mars dernier. Depuis, beauc...

#KBPublicationsJohannes Kahrs works exist between the ebb and flow of movement and stillness.They capture the ever-movin...
26/05/2020

#KBPublications
Johannes Kahrs works exist between the ebb and flow of movement and stillness.
They capture the ever-moving, speedy modern image - the frames of a movie, discarded photographs or portraits wavering between the recognizable and the unknown. Frozen into unmoving portraits, they are pulled out of their suggestive nature and given transparency.

This process of suspension robs the subjects of their velocity, but retains their immediacy - or: the images are loud but lack context. Suspended in an endless act of being caught and forced to re-invent, they demand the viewer’s co-operation in finding new meaning. Cher, a businessman asleep at his computer, or Ulrike Meinhof are examples of just some of Kahrs suddenly directionless subjects.

Selected pieces from seven years of production can be seen in Kahr's beautiful publication "Down N' out", published on the occasion of the exhibition with the same name at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in 2002.

#throwback
#johanneskahrs
#kuenstlerhausbethanien
#closedbutopen

This coming Thursday 28 May at noon, Bar Am will be reopening once again. On view will be 3 large-scale paintings by Jap...
26/05/2020
Cabinet #04 Katsuhiko MatsubaraHourglass #1,2,3 | Bar-Am

This coming Thursday 28 May at noon, Bar Am will be reopening once again. On view will be 3 large-scale paintings by Japanese artist and current KB resident Katsuhiko Matsubara. He treats his paintings as creatures who he gives form and substance to by moulding “flesh-like colors, textures and shapes on the canvas surface until he begins to feel an existence.”

On view 28 May - 1 August!

https://bar-am.de/katsuhiko-matsubara-hourglass-confguration-123/

28.05 – 01.08.2020

#quarantinetalk+Virtual studio visit 06.04.2020 +artist Shoufay Derz (@shoufay ) in Berlin, Germany +curator Heike Fuhlb...
25/05/2020

#quarantinetalk
+Virtual studio visit 06.04.2020 +artist Shoufay Derz (@shoufay ) in Berlin, Germany +curator Heike Fuhlbrügge (@heikefuhlbrugge ) in Berlin, Germany+

Shoufay Derz is a grant holder of the Australia Council for the Arts (@auscouncilarts ).
Images: Work in progress by Shoufay Derz. Courtesy og the artist.

#shoufayderz #kunstlerhausbethanien #shoufayderz #artistsinresidence #berlinartscene #artberlin #closedbutopen

Here is a great website in which artists have each contributed an exercise that can be performed at home alone during th...
25/05/2020
Performance – PERFORMANCE HOMEWORK

Here is a great website in which artists have each contributed an exercise that can be performed at home alone during these Covid-19 times. The website is part-online group exhibition, part-performance project and an excellent repository of entertaining, absurd and interesting ideas.

Check out the exercise by Song-Ming Ang. All you need is “your imagination, a computer and photos of your home’ to get started.

http://www.performance-homework.work/imaginary-albums.htm?fbclid=IwAR1N7cTcEv6_o0i1P7YdHKWllmdxH9mEe064nuMDu1r7vaH6OuUGt0nh0l0

23/05/2020
Crossbill

If you’re into concentrated, precise and artful craftsmanship, here’s a strikingly soothing video of former KB resident Asako Shiroki. She was filmed while creating an Isuka-tsugi or crossbill joint, which is a halved rabbeted oblique scarf joint typically used in the building of temples and shrines.

https://vimeo.com/416387980?fbclid=IwAR17c2tETVwewyTNlUOV66wfuIPhNiGfABzwG95qJZ3IPoXpgr4mA5eeqDo

'Crossbill’ (16mm film, colour, silent, 06:23, 2018). ‘Crossbill’ was filmed in August 2018 at Tokyo Geidai's Torride campus and follows…

Åsa Cederqvist has an app out called ‘Amorph Real’ that lets you experience her works virtually - some pieces are extens...
22/05/2020
Amorph Real — Åsa Cederqvist

Åsa Cederqvist has an app out called ‘Amorph Real’ that lets you experience her works virtually - some pieces are extensions of existing works and some only exist in the digital sphere. So wonderful!

https://asacederqvist.com/Amorph-Real

Amorph Real YEAR: 2019 I MATERIAL: AR-app for iOS availiable through App Store Amorph real is a tool through where you experience extentions to physical...

21/05/2020

Take a look at this wonderful initiative ‘You’ve Got Mail’. Rather than succumbing to the impulse to automatically shift art to the digital realm, curator Julia Katharina Thiemann set up a project for the mailbox: “A number of international artists were invited to contribute a piece of work that deals with the topic of social distance in a broader sense. Half of the artistic works are sent on the one hand to my network of people interested in art and culture and on the other hand, more or less by chance, they are inserted into mailboxes from private households in Ludwigshafen and Mannheim, Germany.”

Former KB Iza Tarasewicz is among the contributing artists, whose work you can see at the link.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CASIcW4h_87/

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Exhibition Space: Kottbusser Str. 10 / Offices And Studios: Kohlfurter Str. 41-43
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To protect the visitors and employees of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, comprehensive hygiene precautions have been taken and access to the exhibitions has been limited. We ask all visitors to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, to wear their own mouth and nose protection and to pay attention to the signs on site. For further information on hygiene and conduct requirements, please visit https://www.berlin.de/corona/en/.

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The Künstlerhaus Bethanien, one of the first residency programmes worldwide of this kind, can look back on a long and successful history of promoting emerging artists on an international level. It is an established player within the Berlin and international art scene since 1974.

The artistic orientation of our programme includes all kinds of artistic media and practises. The Künstlerhaus offers a worldwide unique combination of studio and exhibition spaces as well as state-of-the-art workshops for wood, metal, spray-paint, video-editing. Further support is offered in publishing catalogues and artist-books. Additionally – aside from technical, curatorial and PR support for solo exhibitions and public Open Studio events –, an individual programme of studio visits, in-house events and professional coaching is arranged.

The Künstlerhaus is located in a landmarked building complex, situated in the very heart of Berlin in the trendy neighbourhood of Kreuzberg.

Its work is subsidized by the Department for Culture and Europe of the Senate of Berlin as well as multiple renowned partners all over the world. The artists are selected in coordination with the partners, focusing on discourse oriented thinking and challenging original positions. Partners range from cultural institutions, foundations, companies and galleries to collectors as well as private persons. Direct applications are not possible.

Participants in the International Studio Programme are given the opportunity to develop and implement a project over a fixed period of time, and to reflect on- and consolidate their position in the Berlin art scene. The work of the Künstlerhaus is particularly characterized by the individual support and networking of the residency holders with the Berlin art scene.

Artists receive a monthly support from the sponsored grant during their stay. The grant also covers the studio and material costs, as well as a project presentation. As a rule, the artists' projects are presented to the public in the exhibition spaces of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

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Das Künstlerhaus Bethanien, eines der ersten Residenzprogramme weltweit, blickt auf eine lange und erfolgreiche Geschichte der Förderung junger Künstler auf internationaler Ebene zurück. Seit 1974 ist es in der Berliner und internationalen Kunstszene eine feste Größe.

Die Ausrichtung unseres Programms umfasst unterschiedlichste Arten von künstlerischen Medien und Praktiken. Das Künstlerhaus bietet eine weltweit einzigartige Kombination aus Atelier- und Ausstellungsräumen sowie modernsten Werkstätten für Holz, Metall, Sprühlackierung, Videobearbeitung. Weitere Unterstützung wird bei der Herausgabe von Katalogen und Künstlerbüchern angeboten. Zusätzlich wird – neben der technischen, kuratorischen und PR-Unterstützung von Einzelausstellungen und öffentlichen Open-Studio-Veranstaltungen – ein individuelles Programm aus Studiobesuchen, Inhouse-Events und professionellem Coaching zusammengestellt.

Das Künstlerhaus befindet sich in einem denkmalgeschützten Gebäudekomplex im Herzen Berlins im Trendviertel zwischen Kreuzberg und Neukölln.

Seine Arbeit wird von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Berliner Senats sowie von mehreren renommierten Partnern in der ganzen Welt gefördert. Die Künstler werden in Abstimmung mit den Partnern ausgewählt, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf diskursorientiertem Denken und anspruchsvollen künstlerischen Positionen liegt. Die Partner reichen von kulturellen Institutionen, Stiftungen, Unternehmen und Galerien über Sammler bis hin zu Privatpersonen. Direkte Bewerbungen sind nicht möglich.

Die Teilnehmer des Internationalen Atelierprogramms erhalten die Möglichkeit, ein Projekt über einen bestimmten Zeitraum zu entwickeln und umzusetzen sowie ihre Position in der Berliner Kunstszene zu reflektieren und zu festigen. Die Arbeit des Künstlerhauses zeichnet sich insbesondere durch die individuelle Betreuung und Vernetzung der Stipendiaten mit der Berliner Kunstszene aus.

Künstler erhalten während ihres Aufenthalts eine monatliche Unterstützung über das gesponserte Stipendium. Der Zuschuss deckt weiterhin die Atelier- und Materialkosten sowie eine Projektpräsentation. In der Regel werden die Künstlerprojekte in den Ausstellungsräumen des Künstlerhauses Bethanien der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert.

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Notes on the public discussion “Between Afrofuturism and Milky Way Traffic Regulations” held in Künstlerhaus Bethanien on September 2, 2019 As some of you might know, Künstlerhaus Bethanien (from now on will be referred as KB) held yesterday a public discussion to address the criticisms raised against their current exhibition "Milchstraßenverkehrsordnung (Space is the Place)”. As their first reaction to the criticisms was non-transparently changing their original press release, this initiative of them seemed like a more transparent act, so I went there. My hope for an equal and understanding discussion was enhanced when I saw the print-outs of the strong statement made by the intersectional feminist group Soup du Jour (from now on will be referred as SdJ) on the info desk at the entrance but my hope had been brutally smashed once the gentlemen of the night took over the stage. The night started with two individual input from two artists (I am sorry I cannot remember their name, nor find it in the event page) but as I understood later on from the speech of Mr. Tannert, the curator of the exhibition, they volunteered to speak on the stage by taking personal contact with Mr. Tannert. Firs speaker had a very didactic discourse and chose to sit in a way to look at Mr. Tannert’s table instead of turning his face to the audience. I would expect a panelist who volunteer to talk on such a topic to face the audience but his later words would prove that probably Mr. Tannert was the only person in the room he was taking serious. He started his speech blaming SdJ of using the term “violence” wrongly by quoting a shallow definitions of physical violence. It seemed like this person had quite some problem understanding what “systemic or structural violence” means. He indirectly implied the intervention of SdJ fascistic and paid tribute to one of the most common male discourses my lovely female comrades would know very well, “THE BIG PICTURE”. With this, he wanted to say “ah you ladies and minorities, stop your fight about feminism or representation, we have other issues to tackle…” When I later took the mic and mentioned my disappointment of both male speakers’ agitating command of looking at the BIG PICTURE (what I have heard 101010 times in the left circles I was hanging out before), he looked at me with empty eyes and gave no answer. He didn’t address any of the clear questions aroused in the Facebook Post Statement of SdJ published on July 29, 2019 and he seemed to have null understanding of what the criticism is actually about or what the word “representation” means. Long story short, the first speaker contributed no productive input. The second speaker managed only one thing: Characterising the HATE of an antifeminist who somehow managed to find a place for himself in the art world. I strongly suggest him to contact Lars von Trier or some other douche bag and continue his career being a public women hater cause he is verrrryy good at that. The aggressive tone of this speaker was making it very difficult for me follow the words blurring in his speech which was more like an antifeminist stream of consciousness. His anger was so intense, his whole upper body was moving on the elegant chair and I was afraid for a while that the chair would break. His negative energy was overshadowing my very entspannt mood. I was hoping so much the 3 weeks I spent in the Mediterranean nature would be my energy bank for some time in Berlin but it got all sucked up by this person, but no worries, I have Yoga and Feminism to charge my brain and soul with positivism. This person said he personally knows and works with some of the members of SdJ. And later in his speech, he said these people don’t have enough knowledge or background in art. Most of the members of SdJ are anonymous so I require this person to give names who he was referring to and how on earth he sees himself competent to score someone’s knowledge of art! This person said, if SdJ was so disturbed by the artists (18 white men, 3 white women, 1 artist of colour) represented in the related exhibition, SdJ should have suggested other artists. I said, SdJ is not the curator of the exhibition, Mr. Tannert is! This person said, the members of SdJ and similar collectives want to gain reputation through their campaigns like “Whitey on the Moon”. Once again, most of the members of SdJ want to stay anonymous. This person said, “you know, you got the last two Berlin Biannele and the Documenta, why can you not be happy with that? Why do you attack a small exhibition like this one”. I said “our principles are not according to the scale” This person didn’t understand it. Oh, of course this man also required all feminists to look at the BIG PICTURE! This person later came to me in person outside of the room the public discussion was taking place and asked my name, I didn’t tell him my name. In the second part of the meeting, Mr. Tannert answered the questions of Mr. Adebisi. I couldn’t hear any honest self-criticism from Mr. Tannert. The only thing I understood from himself is that he quite likes Sun Ra, probably that’s the only thing we have in common. Mr. Tannert organised a public discussion with a promise to address the concerns about his exhibition but he didn’t! So, I rephrase the questions asked in the statement of SdJ once again: Why in particular are you crediting Elon Musk in a afrofuturism exhibition, Mr. Tannert? If you are a real fan of Sun Ra, don’t you feel ashamed in trying to harmonise the heritage of Sun Ra with a white male megalomaniac’s dystopian dream of colonising the space???? Why there is not one BPOC artist in an exhibition called “afrofuturism”? Why there was only men talking on the stage? Was it too difficult to collaborate with a FLTI speaker? Why did you call SdJ “Coup du Jour”? I got the impression from your speech that you choose your words quite carefully and take your time and speak quite slowly. So, it makes me question if it was slip of the tongue or the expression of your real thoughts? At least, you were being honest for once, so I guess, thank you for that ! Why did you describe Mr. Adebisi’s moderation a “performance”????? As a high intellectual man, I am sure you understand what this means. By describing his talk and moderation a performance, you patronise his stance and create an unequal platform and imply at the end of the day, your speech is the real one, right? There were two nice moments from last night. When one of the BPOC audiences took the mic and shared his experiences in Germany like being asked all the time "where he actually comes from" and when I could talk, meet and hug 4 beautiful women after the the talk and have a quality talk in 10 minutes unlike the three hours torture show organised by KB! There are def. much more problems to highlight from last night but I didn’t attend the talk as a journalist and got quite weary of the second speaker’s hate so this is all I could write. If you want to criticise, suggest edits or fill up gaps, please feel free to do so! Love, Merve
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