by Maciej Mielecki and Re-enactment groups
The 7th Berlin Biennale has invited Maciej Mielecki and re-enactment groups to stage a re-enactment of the Battle of Berlin 1945. This spectacular battle depicts the defeat of the capital of the Third Reich in April and May 1945 and Berlin’s final surrender.
It takes place in public spaces in Berlin and Warsaw, and is re-staged by members of re-enactment groups from various European countries representing the Red Army, Polish 1st Army, and German forces. The same scenario is performed in both cities and addressed to the broad public. After the battles take place a documentation of them is presented at Deutschlandhaus. The re-enactments raise questions about the mechanisms of constructing the narrations of national identity of the two neighboring countries.
Video by Jacek Taszakowski
29.04.2012 | 2 pm | Spreepark, Berlin-Treptow
KONTRA ART is a group of five Istanbulian Video artists, who do a kind of religious Agitprop. Islam and Video art are no contradictions for the five, who chose to stay anonymous to the public. The action will stop on the first of May. The group wants to avoid getting a label. They started with an action one year ago. The group hanged T-shirts with the slogan “Be afraid Capitalism, there is no other authority then god” to a wall at Tepebaşı. The aim of KONTRA ART is to express appeals for a better, cleaner, more human world by criticizing injustice. In their Videos they illustrate Violence against humanity and blame the current government of having betrayed the values they had propagated in the Nineties. KONTRA ART believes, that there is no independent media in Turkey. That’s why they use the Internet as a publication space. In the uploaded Video they critisize, that the religous Fethullah Gülen movement, being supposed to controll the police forces in Turkey, is causing as many human rights abuses as all the other political movements before. There are other Videos as well on this link: http://kontrart.blogspot.com/
Since the exodus of Palestinians in 1948 and 1967 into numerous refugee camps in Palestine and the Middle East, generations of refugees have been waiting for their “right of return.“ When they left their homes, they took their keys with them, in the belief that their return was imminent. Since then the keys have been passed on from generation to generation as a keepsake—as a memory of their lost homes and as lasting symbols of the demand of the right of return, but also as affirmations of their human rights.
In 2008, the residents of the Aida Refugee Camp near Bethlehem in Palestine collaboratively produced what is said to be the largest key in the world. The key, weighing close to one ton and measuring around nine meters in length, was made of steel and installed at the entrance to the camp announcing: “our right of return is not for sale.“