“Is the crime of humanity only subject to trial when it hurts the lives of Europeans? Why some deaths are remembered and others have to be forgotten? What distinguishes human beings from animals is the ability to speak on behalf of evil. Crime is a symbol of our freedom.” Jacques Verges (Devil’s Advocate) Verges and his special technique “rupture defense” was challenging the legitimacy of the court and turning it into a debate on the injustice of colonialism.
We are neither a lawyer nor we are trying to establish a court and looking for a suspect. We are the witnesses of our times who will tell the stories. Through our films, we can reveal-discuss the normalization and ignorance of violence.
Savaş Boyraz, (in collaboration with Mahkum Abi) depicts a contemporary reading of Picasso’s Guernica in the light of recent warfare in Cizre-Kurdistan. Ezgi’s film is about pheasant hunting which has been a ritualized performance of manhood since ancient times.
Opening: 22nd June 2018 at 7pm
Part of 48h Neukölln
Political pressure, censorship, and violence are increasing daily in Turkey, forcing artists to change their artistic practices or leave the country. Berlin has long been a point of attraction for international artists. Since three to four years an increasing number of artists are
moving from Istanbul to Berlin to start new lives free from fear, pressure, and censorship, where they can pursue their artistic practices.
The exhibition situational dictionary: NOW picks up on the current situation in works by Ceren Oykut,Özlem Sarıyıldız, Ezgi Kılıncaslan, Mustafa Pancar, Lerna Babikyan and Ece Gökalp, developing new conceptual and visual tools to more adequately address such important contemporary
topics as migration, the rise of conservative and nationalist currents and their censorship, violence, and intolerance, as well as more general existential questions.
Apartment Project acts as an important contact point for the Turkish art community in Berlin. It is an interface for the Berlin public interested
in art, and the Neukölln neighborhood in general. (more…)
NO (B)ORDERS is to be understood as a universal political outcry coming directly out of the project space art scene. It stands for an open worldview, the artistic recapturing of urban space, as well as the preservation of autonomy and diversity for project spaces and initiatives. Four internationally active project spaces and initiatives were selected through an open call for this exhibition, based on artworks that are clearly positioned against discrimination and repression, instead displaying ways forward toward communication and freedom. The group exhibition allows not only for an encounter with different forms of reflection and expression, but also offers a space for spontaneous art actions and further discussion.