Photo: Adrian Knuppertz
On December 4th, 2017, from 2 pm until midnight, Lensbased Class UdK visiting artists Rojda Tuğrul and Savaş Boyraz invited participants and guests—including the author of Mutterzunge, 'Emine' Sevgi Özdamar—to come together for a marathon workshop, one-day exhibition, and performance event at Cafe Warschau, on Berlin’s Sonnenallee. For 28 years, the venue has been run by the same owner, who also exhibits a series of her portraits there, taken by different people, at a variety of places and times. A sign next to the counter states: “Ausstellung 2 Euro” (Exhibition 2 Euro), an unusual sight for a bar, which immediately triggers an exhibition-maker’s curiosity. Since this event, Mutterzunge has travelled around Berlin with a series of presentations, collaborations, and conversations investigating autonomy, anonymity, and authenticity.
On March 31st, 2018, from 5 pm to 10 pm, this independent program of research visits, installations, and events will launch at Babylon with a selection of films and performances, as well as a special reading by 'Emine' Sevgi Özdamar, at locations throughout the building, including the main entrance, foyer, main theater, and Babylon Oval, a small exhibition space. Built in 1929, Babylon, one of the oldest cinemas in Germany, will become the home of Mutterzunge, hosting solo projects at the Babylon Oval between April and October of 2018. Babylon Oval will operate as a temporary space for solo presentations, as well as a conceptual studio for editing, rendering, and revisiting this long-term research and production in parallel with the process of its publication. The mythological, philosophical, and etymological connotations of Babel or Babylon inevitably arise as it becomes a space for thinking about language, mother-tongues, and the origins and evolution of human speech, self-expression, and communication.
Beyond the events and presentations at Babylon, Mutterzunge also presents several off-site projects. First among these collaborations is an exhibition entitled Seeing and Hearing, hosted by Apartment Project in Neukölln from March 30th to April 5th, 2018. This is an outcome of a workshop held by Loading, a Diyarbakır nonprofit art space, at nbk’s Berlin studio residency apartment, during their research visit as part of Mutterzunge.
Revisiting Berlin-based author 'Emine' Sevgi Özdamar’s book of the same name—in her own city—this proposal by Misal was one of three winners of the Curate Award, an international competition promoted by Fondazione Prada and the Qatar Museums. Launched in May 2013, the Curate Award aimed to find new curating talent and bring about original perspectives in exhibition-making. The international jury selected three winning projects in August 2014 out of a large number of submitted proposals from 63 different countries.
conceived by Misal Adnan Yıldız
Launch: Dedicated to Sevgi
31 March 2018 17:00-22:00 BABYLON
Filmprogramm, Performances, Vorträge und mehr… / Film programs, performances, lectures, and more… / Film programları, performanslar, sunumlar ve daha fazlası…
With Billy Apple®, A.S.S. COLLECTIVE, Zuza Banasińska, Khaled Barakeh, Mehtap Baydu, Annagul Beschareti, Elisa Jule Braun, Savaş Boyraz, Timon & Melchior Grau, Vanessa Gravenor, Ana Gzirishvili, Sam W. Harper, Annkathrin Kluss & Florian Mehmeti Löffler, Adrian Knuppertz, Can Kurucu, leo, Nilbar Güreş, Erkan Özgen, Şener Özmen, Matthias Planitzer, Mohammad Salemy, Bruno Siegrist, Cengiz Tekin, Rojda Tuğrul, Raul Walch, Canı Gönülden Şarkılar Korosu (HUZUR Nachbarschaftstreffpunkt Berlin www.esperanto-berlin.de), Karl Kneidl & 'Emine' Sevgi Özdamar
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BABYLONRosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 BerlinEintritt frei / Free admission / Giriş ücretsizVollständiges Programm / Full program / Detaylı program: TBARSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Off-site: APARTMENT PROJECT
Seeing and Hearing Billy Apple®, Ceren Oykut, Erkan Özgen, and Cengiz Tekin Ausstellung / Exhibition / Sergi30.3. – 5.5.2018Artist Talk: 30. März / March / Mart 2018, 18:00
Apartment Project Berlin Hertzbergstr. 13, 12055 Neukölln, Berlin Öffnungszeiten / Opening hours / Ziyaret saatleri Do-Fr-Sa / Thur-Fri-Sat / Per-Cuma-Cmt 16:00-19:00 http://berlin.apartmentproject.org
Solo Projects: Unfolding Mutterzunge BABYLON OVAL
April bis Oktober 2018 im Babylon Oval und an weiteren Veranstaltungsorten / April-October 2018 Babylon Oval and off-site projects / Nisan-Ekim 2018 Babylon Oval ve off-site projeler
Haig Aivazian, Khaled Barakeh, Mehtap Baydu, Savaş Boyraz, Nilbar Güreş, Erkan Özgen, Şener Özmen, Mohammad Salemy, Slavs and Tatars, Tayfun Serttaş, Cengiz Tekin, Rojda Tuğrul and weiteren / more / ve diğer katılımcılar… Updates at www.mutterzunge.org
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