Matter of negotiation

curated by Andrei Siclodi

Exhibition Matter of negotiation, Design: Annette Sonnewend

The exhibition is the result of the involvement with the projects, artistic ideas and working methods of the participants in the International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen 2009–2010. Their artistic approaches, their fields of research, and their topics have provided the starting point for this exhibition. The curatorial concept envisaged a step-by-step evolution of the exhibition topic and of the display in parallel with the progressing of the projects. Madeleine Bernstorff has looked at the
way the suffragettes, the militant women’s rights activists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, were represented in early silent film. In her artistic research project, Ana Hoffner has
investigated the organization of sexuality in contemporary Europe as well as the instrumentalization of this sexuality by the capitalist West for the purpose of realizing a Eurocentric, colonial project in the former East. Ina Wudtke, meanwhile, has prepared the exhibition Griot Girlz, that presents feminist art in the context of music rooted in Afro-American traditions. And Inga Zimprich, together with the Faculty of Invisibility (Sönke Hallmann, et al.), has dealt with the performative promise of the United Nations, of that exemplary diplomatic negotiation space, inside which “language, law, and community intertwine,” as Zimprich has put it.

Madeleine BERNSTORFF (*1956) is a Berlin-based film curator, author, super-8 filmmaker and lecturer. Her works deal, among other things, with the representation of suffragettes in film. Madeleine Bernstorff is a co-founder of Kino Sputnik in Berlin Wedding.

Ana HOFFNER (*1980 in Yugoslavia) is an artist, theorist, performer and mentor based in Vienna. Hoffner studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and works in the fields of queer and migrant/postcolonial politics. Her projects include exhibitions, performances, lectures and publications in Austria and abroad.

Inga ZIMPRICH (*1979) is an artist and curator living in Berlin. The space of speech in contemporary art institutions has played a key role in the predominantly collaborative works in which she takes part. Zimprich has been developing various curatorial and artistic productions in Ukraine since 2006 and collaborates closely with Sönke Hallmann (theory) and Paul Gangloff (design), among others.

Brigitta KUSTER, an artist, video-/filmmaker and author, lives in Berlin. Her work focuses on topics such as the representation of work, gender and sexual identity, (urban) space, migration, transnationality and (post-)colonialism.


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