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Freigänger/Åpen soning | The Knast | 28.06.-30.06.2019

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On the last weekend of June, 50 Norwegian and German artists will occupy the former women’s prison The Knast in Berlin-Lichterfelde. The artists who come together for the exhibition Freigänger will enter their prison cells and transform them into artistic spaces with site-specific projects comprising visual art, sculpture, installations, video, sound and performance.

Image above: Former Women’s Prison in Berlin-Lichterfelde, today: The Knast, Photo: Claudia Warneke

The prison forms the contextual and physical framework for this exhibition, but the invited artists remain free in their artistic reactions. Both the exhibition and the publication reflect different forms of imprisonment and imprisonment, but also the inevitable question: What does it really mean to be free?

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The former women’s prison was built in 1906 and was in operation until 2008. In recent years, the facility has served as a prison with an open prison system – a prison for prisoners in custody.

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The almost idyllic facade of The Knast, Photo: Claudia Warneke

The cells of The Knast prison, which is now a listed building, are spread over three floors and are still in their original state.

The exhibition project Freigänger was initiated by the Norwegian artist Crispin Gurholt and the Norwegian curator Helga-Marie Nordby. It takes place in conjunction with Norway’s appearance this year as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Freigänger is supported by NORLA and Fritt Ord and includes a publication to be published at the Book Fair. Editors of the publication are Ruby Paloma and Nicolas Siepen.

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Key Visual of the exhibition Freigänger/Åpen soning

The exhibition will take place over the weekend from June 28th to 30th 2019 and will be opened by the Norwegian Ambassador on Friday June 28th at 7 pm.

Artists: David Allen, Gunvor Nervold Antonsen, Øyvind Aspen, George Barber, Anita di Bianco, Per Christian Brown, Peder Bugge, Dania Burger, Katja Burlyga, Sebastian Dacey, Anders Eiebakke, Birthe Endrejat, Marius Engh, Johannes Esper, Heike Gallmeier, Crispin Gurholt, BKH Gutmann, Isabel Holert, Jens Jürgen, Heiko Kalmbach, Michael Kirkham, Wolf von Kries, Felix Laubscher, Kaja Leijon, Solveig Lønseth, Jannicke Låker, Zora Mann, Matthias Mansen, Randi Nygård, Pfelder, Lars Ramberg, Claudia Reinhardt, Øyvind Renberg, Nando Schneider, Martin Skauen, Skitzosatan, Kristian Skylstad, Bente Stokke, Eirin Støen, Per Teljer, Lars Monrad Vaage, Marianne Wijnvoord, Susanne Winterling, Sverre Wyller, Simone Zaugg und Munan Øvrelid.


Friday, 28.06.2019:  7:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday, 29.06.2019: noon – 6:00 pm
Sunday, 30.06.2019: noon – 6:00 pm


The Knast, Söthstraße 7
12203 Berlin-Lichterfelde

Public Transport
Berlin-Lichterfelde West S1
S Bahnhof Berlin – Lichterfelde Ost


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