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 

 

Creativity for Survival

Written by Josefine Berkholz on . Posted in Displacement, Topography of Memory

The recent history of Iraq is marked most outstandingly, by tragedy. War, invasion, occupation and inner conflict have displaced thousands of people and cost countless lives. But in addition to the horrific effects on personal fates and social structures, the recent history of violence also left it’s marks on the milleniums-old cultural heritage of the country.

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The Baghdad based Ruya foundation has declared it’s aim topromote culture in Iraq at a time when priorities are focused elsewhere“. Ruya was founded in 2012 by author and historian Tamara Chalabi, advocate Reem Shather-Kubba and investment manager Shwan Ibrahim Taha and is a non-profit NGO focused on contemporary culture. They promote and support young Iraqi artists, who often have very limited access to the international art scene, providing funds and exhibitions.

Short Films on the Topics of Displacement

Written by Josefine Berkholz on . Posted in Displacement, Events

The 7th Which Human Rights Festival by Documentarist Istanbul is screening a selection of short films around the topic displacement.     

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Within the frame of the human rights film festival Hangi Insan haklari? (Which human rights) -  taking place in Istanbul from December 5th to December 9th – documentarist is presenting a selction of films produced within a workshop series organized by the InEnArt team in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut under the title Searching Traces.

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