Akademie Der Künste Berlin | »Uncertain States« Artistic Strategies In States Of Emergency

Group Exhibition

»Uncertain States«
Artistic Strategies in States of Emergency

Exhibition: October 15, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Curated by
Johannes Odenthal
+ extensive framework programme: see project website
Finissage & Curator’s Talk (held in english): Sunday, January 15, 2017, 16h
Admission: 8 €/ reduced 5 €, free admission under the age of 18 & on Tuesdays from 16h


The exhibition project “Uncertain States” at the Akademie der Künste combines an experiential space created from objects found in the Academy’s archives with an exhibition of contemporary art as well as a thinking space (Denkraum) for scholars, activists and artists.

The fragility of individual, societal and political conditions, triggered by wars, poverty and terrorism, are the focus of an artistic investigation, in which the currently dramatic situation surrounding the refugee movement makes reference to historical experiences of flight and exile between 1933 and 1945. Selected objects and documents from the archives of the Akademie der Künste, by Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, Valeska Gert, Lea Grundig, Heinrich Mann, Bruno Taut, Kurt Tucholsky and others, correspond to more than 25 contemporary arts positions reflecting recent experiences and situations resulting from crisis and flight, instability, violence and loss. The latter include works by Francis Alÿs, Reza Aramesh, Ayşe Erkmen, William Forsythe, Mona Hatoum, Isaac Julien, Sigalit Landau, Maziar Moradi, Graciela Sacco, Nasan Tur, Micha Ullman and Arkadi Zaides.

For all further details please visit www.adk.de/uncertain-states

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