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4. Berliner Herbstsalon opened | Intervention by Hito Steyerl | Maxim Gorki Theater | until 17.11.2019

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The 4th Berlin Autumn Salon is open! More than 3,000 visitors* came to the opening of the Berlin Autumn Salon on October 26th in the Maxim Gorki Theater. Before the Berlin premiere of Jedem das Seine, cultural creators gathered around the artist Hito Steyerl for a political intervention on stage – and demanded the immediate withdrawal of the Turkish army from Northern Syria.

Abb. oben: © María José Aquilanti, 4. Berliner Herbstsalon, De-heimatize it!

The 4th Berlin Autumn Salon De-heimatize it! opened with a political intervention on Saturday, 26 October. More than 3,000 visitors attended the Berlin premiere of Jedem das Seine (Regie: Marta Górnicka), visited the exhibition of around 40 artists or listened to the lectures of the Young Curators Academy. Until midnight there were numerous visitors* to the exhibition.

In her intervention, which took place instead of an opening speech on the Gorki stage, Hito Steyerl, a renowned artist (including documenta 12), demanded, among other things, a halt to the supply of weapons to Turkey and an end to the refugee agreement, which was at the expense of the people of Northern Syria. “I demand: The federal institutions should no longer show my works in their collections until the German state changes its position I am demanding that Federal German institutions stop showing my work held in their collections as part of its external cultural diplomacy. I am sick of my work being deployed to detract the German states tacit agreement with displacement, ethnic cleansing and warfare and to lend it an aura of tolerance and inclusivity.”) Together with theatre maker Anina Jendreyko, Kurdish filmmaker and musician Heja Netirk and political scientist Bilgin Ayata, Steyerl presented lyrical and political dialogues in German, English and Kurdish. Among other things, the artists quoted a statement by “Women Defend Rojava” and demanded the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syria.

You can see the entire intervention here: youtu.be/UZcqUknNepg

Der 4. Berliner Herbstsalon

Under the title De-heimatize it!, the fourth edition of the Berlin Autumn Salon deals with the political concept of “Heimat” and its exclusions – in a multi-perspective show, the participants develop new perspectives on belonging from a feminist and intersectional point of view. More than 100 artists and activists are involved in the exhibition, the theater and performance program, as well as the conference and a Young Curators Academy.

The next highlight is the premiere of Rewitching Europe by Yael Ronen & Ensemble on Friday, November, 1st with an extensive supporting programme at the weekend.

Der 4. Berliner Herbstsalon runs until November 17th 2019.

Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin
Am Festungsgraben 2
10117 Berlin


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