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Pınar Öğrenci – Aşît/The Avalanche | Berlinische Galerie

At the Berlinische Galerie, Pınar Öğrenci will show the film “Aşît/The Avalanche” (2022, 60 min.), produced for documenta fifteen. The inspiration and starting point for it was Stefan Zweig’s “Chess Novella”, written in 1942 in Brazilian exile, in which the game of chess becomes a survival strategy in the face of fascism. Öğrenci has returned to her father’s hometown, Müküs (Bahçesaray in Turkish), for her work. This is in the Van region on Turkey’s border with Iran. Until 1915, the town’s education system and heritage transmission were multilingual: Armenian, Kurdish, Farsi and Arabic co-existed. Today it has a high proportion of Kurdish population. The title of the film “Aşît” is Kurdish and means “avalanche” and “catastrophe”. It refers both to the avalanche that threatens to cut Müküs off from the rest of the world and to “Meds Yeghern” (The Great Catastrophe) of 1915, the genocide of about 1.5 million Armenians during the First World War.



Thursday, 25 May 2023, 7 pm

Presentation dates: Friday, 26 May – Monday, 31 July 2023

Save the Date: Friday 07 July 2023, from 8 pm
Open Air Video Art & Artist Talk with Pınar Öğrenci and Anne Bitterwolf

Fig. above: Pınar Öğrenci, Aşît, 2022, Film Still, Credits. Pınar Öğrenci

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May 26 2023


10:00 - 18:00

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 26 2023
  • Time: 4:00 - 12:00

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