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“What Matters” – Work presentation JUNGE AKADEMIE at the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts) Hanseatenweg | 13.03.-10.04.2022

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The JUNGE AKADEMIE of the Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, opens the exhibition “What Matters” on March 12th, 2022 with a programme of performance, concert and talk.

Image above: Ada Mukhina, How To Sell Yourself to the West, Film Still, 2021, © Julia Milz, Eli Boernicke

“What Matters” is both the question and the statement of this year’s work presentation of the JUNGEN AKADEMIE, the international artist-in-residence programme of the Akademie der Künste. In an exhibition and a diverse programme, 29 scholarship holders from all art sections of the Academy will present sound and video installations, films, photographs, sculptures, paintings and performances. The works were created during residencies at the Academy’s studios in the Hansaviertel in Berlin and at Villa Serpentara in Olevano, Italy. “What Matters” focuses on the artists’ individual approaches; they are united by the drive to bear artistic witness, poetic resistance and imagining sustainable futures in the face of global tipping points – whether climatic or political. After two years of the pandemic and the associated restrictions, “What Matters” is the most comprehensive presentation of works by the JUNGEN AKADEMIE to date.

DEEDS NEWS - courtesy of adk22 - What Matters Nida Mehboob - Shadow Lives
Nida Mehboob, Shadow Lives, 2017 – ongoing, © Nida Mehboob

In front of the Academy building on Hanseatenweg, Sasha Kurmaz installs one of the Orthodox chapels that can be found in many places in Ukraine between apartment blocks or next to shopping centres as post-Soviet religious architecture: provisional church rooms in old wagons, trucks, huts or kiosks. The work The Temple of the Transfiguration refers to the role of the Orthodox Church in the Ukraine conflict with Russia in recent years and today, as well as the manipulation of religion for the commercialisation of public space. With the expansive film installation Beyond the Now, Christin Berg comments on a time full of paradoxes. Nida Mehboob‘s contribution Shadow Lives draws attention to the discrimination of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan with a photographic series. Prix Goncourt 2021 winner Mohamed Mbougar Sarr presents a sound lecture performance on the poetic dimension of prophecy at the opening. Nazanin Noori‘s new work APOLOGY is a lyrical drama in two acts presented as a clinical stage space and radio play.

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Christin Berg, Beyond the Now, Film Still, 2022, © Christin Berg

Participating scholarship students:
Christin Berg, Ferhat Bouda, Yvon Chabrowski, Farhad Delaram, Tony Elieh, Olivier Foulon, Annette Frick, Simone Haug, Miguel Hilari, Ruth Kaaserer, Meena Kandasamy, Sasha Kurmaz, Fabian Lippert, Friederike Meese, Nida Mehboob, Ada Mukhína, Moritz Nitsche, Nazanin Noori, Jennifer O’Donnell, Sophia Pompéry, Mykola Ridnyi, Lucie Sahner, Mia Sanchez, Fabià Santcovsky, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, Anna Slobodnik, Aled Smith, Undine Sommer, Philipp Valente
Curatorial Scholar: Arkadij Koscheew

DEEDS NEWS - courtesy of adk22 - What Matters - Yvon Chabrowski - Bodies in transition
Yvon Chabrowski, BODIES IN TRANSITION, Film Still with Benno Fürmann, 2022, © Yvon Chabrowski


Sunday 13th March – Sunday 10th April 2022
Tue – Sun, 11 am – 7 pm
Guided tours on Thursdays at 5 pm


Exhibition opening: Saturday, March 12th, 2022, from 6 pm
Performances and talks with the scholarship students, Clara Herrmann, director of JUNGE AKADEMIE, the academy members Arnold Dreyblatt, Nele Hertling, Kathrin Röggla, a.o.

Films and talk: Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, 7 pm
News from Home. Kurzfilme des amerikanischen Kontinents
Films and talk withThomas Heise, Miguel Hilari (curator)

Finissage: Saturday, April 9th, 2022


Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
Tel. (030) 200 57-2000, info@adk.de


Admission free

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