Monument at Brandenburger Tor

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Displacement, Drifting, Events, Voices

 

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Installation with three buses by Syrian artists Manaf Halbouni at Brandenburger Tor, Berlin. In Aleppo, a similar barricade of three bus wrecks had been erected 2015 as a screen in front of snipers. A symbol of the madness of the Syrian civil war … buses with which citizens should go to work, students to university as a barricade against the enemy. The artwork came under criticism after a photograph suggested that the buses in the Syrian city, which had been destroyed by the civil war, had originally been set up by the Islamic terror group Ahrar Al-Sham.

But does it change the symbol of the installation?

Responsible for the presentation of the installation is the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, which annually receives around ten million euros in grants from the state of Berlin. On behalf of the theater, the German army had brought the monument with low-loaders from Dresden to Berlin in April. Here it is now until the 26th of November in front of the Brandenburg Tor.

Manaf Halbouni left Syria 2009 2 year bfeore the revolution.

The temporary installation was opened in the presence of artist Halbouni, Gorki Theater co-director Shermin Langhoff and the patron of the action, Berlin’s cultural senator Klaus Lederer.

The sculpture “Monument” was on the Dresden Neumarkt from February to April 2017. There it triggered massive protests. Supporters of the right-wing populist “Pegida” movement and the far-right identity movement saw in the Aleppo buses a provocation. In their view, this was a distraction to the commemoration that commemorates the bombing of the capital of Saxony during the Second World War on 13 February each year.

An overview in the foyer of the Maxim Gorki Theater informs about the backgrounds and the reception of “Monument”. There will be an open artist talk with Halbouni on 17 November in the Lichtsaal in the Palais am Festungsgraben, Berlin. The sculpture will remain in front of the Berlin landmark until the 26th of November.

17.11.17 : Artist Talk about the Installation “Monument”  6.pm at Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin 

 

Back to Now

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U10 Gallery Belgrade

“Back to Now” international project (exhibition, presentation, discussion) from 22nd of June till 8th of July, U10 Art Space, Kosovke devojke 3, Belgrade.

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The project “Back to Now” was inspired by the book “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. It points out the necessity of the feeling of presence and awareness of the present moment for the human consciousness. The project investigates the relationship between culturality and ever growing technological development in an international discourse through interdisciplinary field of art, science and technology. The segments of the project, the exhibition, panel/discussion and presentation encompass multimedia artwork, from traditional media such as drawing to interactive artworks which connect art, science and technology or new media. The participants of the project are artists coming from Japan, China, Turkey, Spain and Serbia.

 

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Program:
 
June 22nd
8 pm
 - Opening of the exhibition “Back to Now
Participants: César Escudero Andaluz, Candaş Şişman, Nathan Guo, Snežana Arnautović Stjepanović and Ivica Stjepanović, Mariko Hori, Isidora Fićović, Daichi Misawa, Gordana Žikić, Nataša Kokić, Marija Bjekić, Predrag Damjanović, Lidija Antonović and Boško Begović
 
June 23rd
6 pm
 - Presentation of the interactive works by Nathan Guo and Isidora Fićović
8 pm - Panel discussion “Culturalities and new technologies”, participants: Maja Stanković, Aneta Stojnić and Jovan Čekić (with the comment on the text “Culturalities” by Daichi Misawa)
 
The project includes a visit and collaboration with the following institutions: The Museum of Science and Technology in Belgrade, the Museum of Nikola Tesla and the Centre for the Promotion of Science in Belgrade
 
Project author: Isidora Fićović
Coordinator: Gordana Žikić

Sponsors and partners: Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Austrian Cultural Forum, ULUS (Association of Fine Artists of Serbia), Samsung, Orange studio, Byzart, Designed.rs

The premiere of the project “Back to Now” is done successfully in Belgrade 2017 and looking forward to its developing in another cities, countries, places.

 

 

Mahalla Festival

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On the occasion of the 15th Istanbul Biennale the InEnArt team and diyalog will open the Mahalla festival on September 14th at Contemporary Istanbul.

Mahalla is the first festival of an emerging network of global players working in the field of arts and culture focusing on the current migration flow. The festival takes place in the frame of parallel events of the 15th Istanbul Biennial between September 13 and October 20.

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