Mother, I have reached the land of my dreams
Going back centuries and millennia, the travel routes of migrants tell the story of a humanity ravaged by wars, famine, prosecution and crises. Traversing lands, seas and continents, the pairs of eyes that witnessed and the legs that treaded the land – of those persistent in their search for a better future, if not sheer survival – are the bearers of life experiences that remain largely untold and forgotten, even if the collective fates of migrant populations had merged into the great currents of history, shaping cultures, civilizations, peoples and ethnicities everywhere.
Today we are exposed to the plight of migrants more than ever before; indeed, many of us experience it first-hand, or are touched by it irrevocably. At a time of instantly-updating news reports, the shocking images of refugees desperately making their way to Europe – tragically, sometimes at the cost of their lives – reach us within seconds and resonate deeply. The massive media coverage inspires public debate, civil action and changes in policies and attitudes, but also a rise in xenophobia and antagonism. However, given the nature of electronic media, even the most iconic of these devastating images ends up drowning in the infinite flow of newsfeeds, updates and data overload. How can the story of immigration retain a lasting impact? Can art, with its visual means, address the broad spectrum of immigration stories and retain its relevance in the face of acute states of emergency on the one hand, and an overload of existing news coverage on the other?
The title of the exhibition, Mother, I have reached the land of my dreams, brings to mind the finishing lines of a legend, the moment where a long journey comes to an end and daily routine sets in; where the hoped-for destination, once arrived at, makes way for the renunciation of fantasies and dreams. It also marks the starting point of a journey of a different kind – this time, not across geographical distances but an internal journey, no less excruciating than the first; a never ending journey, perhaps, troubled by perennial self-questioning: »Have I arrived already? Can I start over, relax, sit back and let go of the past, of a country left behind?« Despite the extreme connotations of refuge-seeking, this current exhibition approaches the different states and circumstances of migrations as touching one another, despite their apparent disparities. All participants reside in Berlin permanently – some for decades or since infancy, while others are, relatively speaking, newcomers to the German capital – but none were born in it.
Some of the works address the pressing issue of the dire fate of the refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean, while others rework personal histories and family biographies entangled in a tormented past. Still others deal with foreignness in its universal dimension, along with its attendant misconceptions and prejudices.
artists: Natalia Ali, Bettina Allamoda, Anina Brisolla, Nezaket Ekici, Amir Fattal, Eldar Farber, Francesca Fini, Alona Harpaz, Olaf Kühnemann, Ella Littwitz, Shahar Marcus, Angus Massey, Alona Rodeh, Spacedigger, Amir Yatziv
curator: Alona Harpaz (CIRCLE1)
guest curator: Sharon Horodi
technical manager: Keren Shalev
curatorial texts: Hemda Rosenbaum
production: Revital Michali
coordinator: Inbal Levertov
public relations: Vanessa Lorenz, Dorit Rubin-Elkanati
Opening of the exhibition with an introduction by the curators
Friday, 21 Oct 2016 17:00
Entry and guided tours of the exhibition are free of charge.
The exhibition takes place in the upper floor of the festival space at RADIALSYSTEM V.
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Alona Harpaz, born in 1971 in Tel Aviv, Israel, lives and works in Berlin since 2001. Harpaz is the founder and artistic director of CIRCLE1 Gallery in Berlin. Until 1993 she studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, then she went to New York to study at the International Center for Photography and finally finished her studies at the Art Teacher Training College in Israel in 1999.
Visual artist, filmmaker and curator Sharon Horodi, born in 1970 in Rehovot, Israel, lives and works in Berlin since 2012. Since 2010 she curated the annual international art and media festival Musrara Mix in Jerusalem. As a socially engaged artist she develops and implements community-based art projects (in cooperation with Cheb Kammerer).
As video artist and experimental filmmaker she regularly takes part in international film festivals and exhibitions, including Directors Lounge Berlin, Anthology Film Archives New York, Cinematheque Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, DOX – Centre for Contemporary Art Prague, Instants Video Marseilles, International Short Film Festival Hamburg, Kassel documentary Film & video Festival, and many more.
CIRCLE1 is an initiative whose mission is to integrate emerging artists into Berlin’s thriving art scene, foster cultural exchange, and create a true sense of community, with a special commitment to Israeli art.
Since its establishment in 2013 by a group of Berlin-based artists and curators, CIRCLE1 hosted numerous exhibitions of contemporary Israeli artists alongside emerging international artists, providing for most their first opportunity to exhibit their work in Berlin. CIRCLE1 has also organized and held a wide variety of cultural activities such as concerts, lectures, screenings, artist talks and panel discussions, which were all conceived to provide a space for artists from all over the world to create and perform together.
Very early on after its founding, CIRCLE1 has established itself as a vigorous force and a permanent fixture in Berlin’s cultural terrain, unique for its appeal to a broad and diverse audience, whose numbers are growing steadily with each show and event. CIRCLE1’s commitment for a distinct artistic discourse and diverse programs has successfully established a community of peers and supporters, providing a multidisciplinary space for intercultural dialogue.
Saturday, Oct 22, as well as
Sunday, Oct 23, 15:00 (German) and 17:00 (English)
The guided tours are free of charge.
Due to space constraints, the number of participants is limited.
Please register on-site at the information desk of the ID Festival during the festival weekend.