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CURATED BY

Pauline Doutreluingne
& Petra Poelzl


04·09 
—27·09·2020 


Fri · Sat · Sun · 13.00 — 19.00
Cemetery Lilienthalstrasse
Lilienthalstrasse 7, 10965 Berlin



FEATURING

Anne Duk Hee Jordan
& Viron Erol Vert


DEPARTING

from the so-called "Ehrenhalle" (Hall of Honour), built between 1938 and 1941 as a "Temple of the Fatherland" at the site of the Lilienthalstraße cemetery in Berlin-Neukölln, A Handful of Dust deals with the topic of fear within historical socio-political contexts. The generation of social fear has always been a reliable tool in the process of gaining power and occupies the core of the National Socialist structures and colonial history. Recently, the creation of the concept of the enemy is used to fuel fear, which serves to build up and expand political and social power structures. For instead of a constructive and strategic approach to issues such as climate change, migration and technological change, populism and emotionalization are fanning the flames of insecurity in broad sections of society and thus nurturing the ground for fear to ripen and flourish.

A Handful of Dust understands itself as a questioning of black-and-white juxtapositions and seeks ways of thinking and acting outside of these extremes in order to make visible the complexity of historiography. The project aims to counter the advancing polarization and social division through a collective search for nuance, variation and lyricism.

Together with the artists Anne Duk Hee Jordan and Viron Erol Vert, the curators Pauline Doutreluingne and Petra Poelzl have developed an artistic, performative and discursive space of experience, searching for strategies for deconstructing hegemonic systems of thought and making multiform, norm-converting imaginations and narratives visible, audible, and tangible.

In addition to a collaboratively developed artistic installation by Anne Duk Hee Jordan and Viron Erol Vert in the Ehrenhalle in the center of the cemetery site, the area surrounding the hall will also be used for four weekends (04.09.2020 - 27.09.2020) through sound, discursive and performative formats. The curators, artists, performers, scientists and musicians will consciously enter this "foreign body", a historically occupied non-art space, and aim to open up pluralistic spaces of thought through a reflective examination on the embodiment of fear.


LOCATION:  CEMETERY LILIENTHALSTRASSE 7

The Hall of Honour at the location cemetery Lilienthalstrasse 7 was built by order of the General Building Inspector for the Reich Capital, Albert Speer, and completed by the architect Wilhelm Büning. Originally, the hall served as a place of worship for the fallen German soldiers – an expression of the timeless glory of the thousand-year-old Third Reich. It is surrounded by a cemetery, which was built for fallen soldiers of the Wehrmacht. Today, 4935 victims of the Second World War rest there in individual graves: soldiers, civilians, bomb victims. Furthermore, countless war dead rest in collective graves on an area of 1432 square meters. Since 2018 a part of the cemetery is also used for Islamic burials. The site cemetery Lilienthalstraße with its hall of honour and crypt is a place steeped in history, which is based on an ideology that seems to have been overcome, but whose mechanisms still contain a shattering power, especially today.

CONTRIBUTORS 


Mika Hayashi Ebbesen
Sara Neidorf
Nathalie Mba Bikoro
Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Cymin Samawatie
Korhan Erel
Ralf Schwarz
Lena Ditte Nissen
Sandra Franz
Dr. Anna Zakrisson

Mmakgosi Kgabi


PROGRAMM


FREITAG

04·09


15.00 – 21.00                                
19.00
Opening & Sonic Manifestation 

Mika Hayashi Ebbesen
      & Sara Neidorf




SAMSTAG

05·09


13.00 – 20.00                                 
Performance

Nathalie Mba Bikoro 





SAMSTAG

12·09


17.00
Talk & Performative Walk 

Lena Ditte Nissen
  & Sandra Franz 





SAMSTAG

19·09


17.00    
Sonic Manifestation              

Mika Hayashi Ebbesen
  & Sara Neidorf


18:30
Performative Walk

Ariel Efraim Ashbel





SAMSTAG

26·09


17.00
Lecture

Dr. Anna Zakrisson





SONNTAG

27·09


Sound Improvisation
Finnisage

17.00  

Concert

Cymin Samawatie
    Korhan Erel   
Ralf Schwarz





SHORT BIOGRAPHIES


Pauline Doutreluingne
works as a curator in Berlin. With her curatorial work she tries to stimulate cultural and ecological differentiation and to deconstruct social ideas originating from colonial thinking. Her curatorial projects are dialogues and research for imaginative thinking. Recent exhibitions she has curated include Interiors to Being (2019), Karma Ltd. Extended (2018), Acud Macht Neu, Berlin, The Conundrum of Imagination (2017), Leopold Museum, Vienna (with Bonaventure Soh Ndikung); Agency of Living Organisms (2016), Tabakalera, Spain. Since 2019, she has been teaching at the HBK Braunschweig about questioning the canon in 20th century art. paulinedoutreluingne.com


Petra Poelzl
works as a dramaturg, curator and researcher. Her practice moves between the performing and visual arts and is always looking for strategies to make antagonistic power structures visible, thus creating a space for exchange. Poelzl currently works as artistic director and managing director of the Neue Galerie and the Kunstpavillon in Innsbruck. Poelzl also works as a dramaturg for Ariel Efraim Ashbel and Tianzhuo Chen. From 2014 to 2016 she was a dramaturg at steirischer herbst, in 2018 she co-curated the one-year exhibition series Karma Ltd. extended (2018) at the Kunsthaus Acud Macht Neu in Berlin and taught in the field of theatre studies at the Free University in Berlin. petrapoelzl.com



Anne Duk Hee Jordan
Transience and transformation are central themes in the work of Anne Duk Hee Jordan (*1978). She is interested in the imperceptible (human and non-human) details of life. Her main focus is on experimenting with phenomena from different ecosystems. She uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social and ecological phenomena. As a sculptor, she creates sculptures, stage sets, stories, landscapes and relationship networks of the cosmos. Through movement and performance, she creates a materiality that opens new and distant dimensions. Thus, she builds motorized sculptures and realizes edible landscapes. dukhee.de


Viron Erol Vert
lives and works as a visual artist between Berlin, Athens and Istanbul. His personal multicultural background plays a key role in the development process of his artistic research, where his interests include religious systems, cultural identity and linguistic experiences. After graduating from the HTW Berlin in fashion design, he studied visual art at the Royal Academy in Antwerp and subsequently textile and experimental surfaces at the weißensee kunsthochschule berlin, where he was a master student of Prof. Pranyko in 2011/12. vironerolvert.com



A Handful of Dust is supported by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.