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No Master Territories – Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image in Haus der Kulturen der Welt | 19.06.-28.08.2022

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On June 18th, the exhibition No Master Territories: Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image opens at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. On the basis of over 80 films and videos, it examines how artists and filmmakers have tapped into the moving image as a source of inspiration for feminist imaginary worlds. The exhibition focuses on the formative period from the 1970s to the 1990s from a global perspective and opens up a comprehensive view of the underestimated encounters between feminism and film.

Image above: Han Ok-hee, Untitled 77-A (1977), Filmstill, Courtesy of Asia Culture Center (ACC)

On the one hand, feminism has long since arrived in the mainstream. On the other hand, it has to be defended against a neoliberal ideal image of the successful individual. In the field of contemporary art, hybrid forms between documentary and art film have largely established themselves. In these contexts, the exhibition No Master Territories takes a strategic look at the past: it looks at the formative phase of the 1970s to the 1990s – to pay tribute to pioneering works, but also to find answers to the urgencies of the present.

No Master Territories brings together the diverse practices of documentary and art film for an intersectional look at the often underappreciated genealogies of feminist film and video.

The project unfolds across the exhibition hall and cinema of the HKW and includes an exhibition, a weekly film programme and special screenings. Across global and polycentric geographies, the multi-faceted presentation asks how artists and filmmakers have explored the intersection of gender and power. In doing so, it uncovers contact zones where feminism meets other struggles for justice.

Artists: Peggy Ahwesh, Chantal Akerman, Claudia von Alemann, Helena Amiradżibi, Michal Aviad, Marjorie Beaucage, Berwick Street Collective, Camille Billops/James Hatch, Susana Blaustein Muñoz, Tabea Blumenschein, Lizzie Borden, Dionne Brand/Ginny Stikeman, Byun Young-joo, Gloria Camiruaga, Anna Carini/Rony Daopulo/Paola De Martis/Loredana Dordi/Maria Grazia Belmonti/Annabella Miscuglio/Loredana Rotondo, Ann Carney/Barbara Phillips, Chaski Group, Sheba Chhachhi, Essie Coffey, Maricarmen de Lara, Gardi Deppe/Barbara Kasper/Brigitte Krause/Ingrid Oppermann/Tamara Wyss, Maya Deren, Deepa Dhanraj, Assia Djebar, Katherine Dunham, JoAnn Elam, Safi Faye, Frauenfilmgruppe München, Sara Gómez, Krystyna Gryczełowska, Gwendolyn, Barbara Hammer, Han Ok-hee, Haneda Sumiko, Idemitsu Mako, Mirha-Soleil Ross/Mark Karbusicky, Kate Millett/Sophie Keir, Mona Hatoum, Zora Neale Hurston, Ana Victoria Jiménez, Tina Keane, Olga Khodataeva/Nikolai Khodataev, Ketty La Rocca, Sandra Lahire, Maria Lassnig, Robin Laurie/Margot Nash, Angelika Levi, Mirentxu Loyarte, Nalini Malani, Sarah Maldoror, Marilú Mallet, Cecilia Mangini, Barbara McCullough, Annabella Miscuglio, Helke Misselwitz, Tracey Moffatt, Kitico Moreno, Mira Nair, Gunvor Nelson/Dorothy Wiley, Ulrike Ottinger, Paper Tiger TV, Letícia Parente, Alice Ann Parker (Severson), Pratibha Parmar, Qiu Miaojin, Lis Rhodes, Jocelyne Saab, Claudia Schillinger, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Esfir Shub, Delphine Seyrig, Cauleen Smith, Penelope Spheeris, Chick Strand, Khady Sylla, Leslie Thornton, Abisag Tüllmann, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Agnès Varda, Vidéa, Drahomíra Vihanová, Joyce Wieland

Exhibition architecture: Cooperative for the Politics of Representation
Graphic design: Mevis & van Deursen

No Master Territories shows works in the exhibition spaces and in a cinema programme that is repeated weekly during the runtime. Screenings in the presence of directors and other contributors complement the exhibition, as do a podcast and an online cinema.

The exhibition will be shown at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in 2023.

The book Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image will be published in June 2022.


Opening: Saturday, June 18th 2022

Exhibition dates: Sunday, June 19th – Sunday, August 28th 2022

Opening hours: noon – 8 pm. Tuesday closed


Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin-Mitte

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