June 18–24 2018
THE VIVID UNKNOWN
The exhibition will run in parallel with and will share the aims of Refugee Week UK, organised by Counterpoints Arts since 1998. The non-profit project is curated by Monika Dorniak and will feature the artists Elisa Dierson, Monika Dorniak, Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Lingji Hon, Katja Marie Voigt, Valentyn Odnoviun, Felix Stumpf, Çağlar Tahiroğlu, Matteo Valerio, Raul Walch.
19 – 23h OPENING
20 – 21h: “Dream Of Intangible Cultures”, Performance (Matteo Valerio and Lingji Hon)
June 19, 18 – 19h: “Dream Of Intangible Cultures”, Performance (Matteo Valerio and Lingji Hon)
June 22, 14 – 15h: “Heimat vorstellen”, Workshop with the artist Çağlar Tahiroğlu
Exhibition open from 1 to 7 pm.
‘The Vivid Unknown’ is part of Philip Glass’s music for the film Naqoyqatsi, which means ‘life as war’ in the Hopi language. The exhibition reflects on the world in our Anthropocene era, in which the global market has become the major economic and cultural force on the planet; control of artificial systems encounters the organic world, itself undergoing extreme transformations, leading to social disharmony, and new movements. We have transitioned to hyper-mobile interactions and interweaving in digital space, while the physical settlements of marginalised groups are constantly disturbed. Past, present and prospective natural disasters caused by climate change and war force people to leave home and make precarious escapes into the unknown.
The works use our artistic potential, and establish togetherness in times of dispersion and separation through interaction, creation, involvement and research. The main exhibition is both inside and outside project room Rosalux. In the front of the art space, there will be works by Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, who challenges the very idea of the exhibition by distributing his art in public spaces in the city, helped by fellow activists. The social artists Elisa Dierson, Katja Marie Voigt and Felix Stumpf will develop an installation with refugee children in the project room Tiny Penthaus, in an old hotel now housing refugees, and you will be able to see some of that work in the rosalux room. Çaglar Tahiroglu will offer an art-therapy workshop to refugees and migrants, and the results will be on display; her work as psychologist is visible in our installation Journeys, in collaboration with refugee initiatives. Raul Walch is known for his examination of public space and activities with local communities; he will be showing a sculpture inspired by islamic architecture, made with Syrian architecture collective Xero. Matteo Valerio’s textile wall installation will be activated through work with artist Monika Dorniak and performer Lingji Hon. Dorniak’s sculpture refers to her ongoing process with dancers, her research in philosophy, science and her German-Polish-Lithuanian background; the work body axe (as per x,y,z) engages with inherited war trauma. Ukrainian photographer Valentyn Odnoviun re-accesses historical or socially engaged events and captures them forensically during on-site visits; his Traces of Memory looks into a former Gestapo prison in Berlin. During the artist talk, all these different approaches will be discussed further as part of the exhibition’s curatorial statement.
ABOUT REFUGEE WEEK
Refugee Week Berlin runs in parallel to and shares the aims of Refugee Week UK, organised by Counterpoints Arts since 1998. The goals are to facilitiate interconnections, helping refugees to share their experiences with a wider audience and raising awareness through the arts about topics ignored by the media.
The program of the first Refugee Week Berlin includes an exhibition, performances, lectures and workshops, and addresses a society in transit that is challenged by technological, cultural and ecological shifts. The events take place in different sites throughout the city.
The nonprofit project is co-organised by Christoph Braun (Refugio Berlin) and the artist Monika Dorniak, with the support of, among others, Counterpoints Arts UK, Refugio Berlin, project room rosalux, Konsept 83 Design Studio and volunteers.
MOSTAFA SAIFI RAHMOUNI
Winner of the Biennale “Watch this space” 2017
May 26–June 14 2018, Saturday 2 to 6 pm and by appointment
Opening: May 25, 7 pm
Artist talk: May 11, 7:30 pm
Mostafa Saifi Rahmouni: The City of The Livings 2017, Light box, (216x150x8 cm) Photo credits: Courtesy of the artist;
right: Mostafa Saifi Rahmouni by Anaïs Chabeur
The jury of the Biennale organized by ’50° nord Réseau transfrontalier d’art contemporain’, France/Belgium unanimously decided to award the ‘Watch This Space’ Award to the young Brussels-based artist with the following statement: ‘The quality of your artistic approach and your political commitment have convinced us to support you beyond the Watch This Space program, by promoting your inscription in the world of art on a European scale.’
MOSTAFA SAIFI RAHMOUNI – born in 1991 in Rabat (Morocco), MA in sculpture at the ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels; postgraduate HISK, Ghent, Belgium – has distinguished himself as one of the most interesting names of his generation. His multifaceted artistic practice combines reflections on human condition, suffering and the passage to death in an exquisite contemporary language – both personal and sensitive – denouncing misuse of power and scrutinizing the role of symbolism and social bond through ages and cultures.
Selected shows in 2017: Watch This Space Biennial – 50° Nord (Solo Show) Espace 36, Saint-Omer, France; 9ème Prix de la Jeune Sculpture de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles; Sharjah Biennial, Tamawuj – Ashkal Alwan, Beirut – Lebanon; La ville des vivants (Solo Show), Centrale – Lab (Centrale Electrique), Brussels
Support: ROSALUX in partnership with ’50° nord Réseau transfrontalier d’art contemporain’, France/Belgium
June 29–July 14 2018
IN FAVOUR OF A TIME TO COME
José Maia and Nuno Ramalho, Porto (PT)