November 21st, 2020

The 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Artists: Feminist Health Care Research Group (Inga Zimprich/Julia Bonn), Pacita Abad, Noor Abuarafeh, Antônio Araújo, Marwa Arsanios, Mapa Teatro – Laboratorio de Artistas (Heidi Abderhalden, Rolf Abderhalden, Javier Hernández, José Ignacio Rincón, Ximena Vargas), Shuvinai Ashoona, Aline Baiana, Delaine Le Bas, Pedro Moraleida Bernardes, Guilherme Bonfanti, Virginia Borges, Gil DuOdé, and Virginia de Medeiros, Deanna Bowen, Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro, Daniela Bright, Rachel Brumana, Felix Brüggemann, Cansu Çakar, Edgar Calel (in collaboration with Fernando Pereira dos Santos), Flávio de Carvalho (in collaboration with Raymond Frajmund), Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Grupo Experimental de Cine (Alfredo Echániz, Gabriel Peluffo, Walter Tournier), Colectivo de Serigrafía Instantánea (Camilo Catrillanca), Francisco Copello, Léo Corrêa, Kiri Dalena, Cian Dayrit, Zehra Doğan, Antonio Duran, Juan Ernesto Díaz, Brenda V. Fajardo, Andrés Fernández, Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Galli, Till Gathmann, Mauricio Gatti, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Florencia Rodriguez Giles, Eiko Grimberg, Solvognen (The Sun Chariot) Theater Group, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Sandra Gamarra Heshiki, Emma Howes and Justin Kennedy in collaboration with Balz Isler, Francisco Huichaqueo, Claude Lazar, Óscar Fernando Morales Martínez, Christine Meisner, Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge, Dana Michel and Tracy Maurice, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Dorine Mokha, Eliana Monteiro, Marcelo Moreschi, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (Gracia Barrios, José Gamarra, Teresa Gazitúa, Beatriz González, Claude Lazar, Clemencia Lucena, Teresa Montiel, Taller 4 Rojo (Diego Arango, Nirma Zárate), María Teresa Toral, Maria Helena Vieira Da Silva, artists from El pueblo tiene arte con Allende), Museu de Imagens do Inconsciente​ (Adelina Gomes, Carlos Pertuis,​​ Leon Hirszman), Museu de Arte Osório Cesar (Aurora Cursino dos Santos, Maria Aparecida Dias,
 Ubirajara Ferreira Braga, Masayo Seta​),​ Carlos Motta, FCNN – Feminist Collective With No Name (Dina El Kaisy Friemuth/Anita Beikpour) with Neda Sanai, Paula Baeza Pailamilla, El Palomar, Andrés Pereira Paz, Antonio Pichillá, Nuno Ramos, Renato Bolelli Rebouças, Die Remise, Mirja Reuter and Florian Gass, ​Eryk Rocha, Aykan Safoğlu, Mariela Scafati, Young-jun Tak, Elena Tejada-Herrera, Teo, The Black Mamba – Natasha Mendonca & Suman Sridhar, Erico Theobaldo, La rara troupe, Sinthujan Varatharajah, Teatro da Vertigem, Cecilia Vicuña, Azucena Vieites, Bartolina Xixa, Osías Yanov and Sirenes Errantes, Osías Yanov, Katarina Zdjelar

Venue: The 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art – KW Institute for Contemporary Art, daadgalerie, Storefront for Dissident Bodies, Gropius Bau, The Inverted Museum, 11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint, The Living Archive, Berlin

Exhibition Title: The Crack Begins Within, the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Date: September 5 – November 1, 2020

Curated By: María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado and Agustín Pérez Rubio

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Images courtesy of 11th Berlin Biennale. Photos by Silke Briel and Mathias Völzke.

Press Release:

The Crack Begins Within

“The slow opening of the 11th Berlin Biennale began a year ago, and since then it has been exploring the many cracks we carry, the fissures that keep us apart and those that bring us together. Many of the invited artists and participants in the Biennale have been exploring and practicing this, each in their own artistic terms, in their own contexts and temporalities. Making space to share these experiences demanded that we slow down the unsustainable pace of biennials and forgo the expectation of a singular concept, a novel idea to once again fix things into place. When the coronavirus pandemic hit the European fortress several months ago, it felt for a moment that the earth wanted to stand still. The virus exposed the cruelty of everyday life and the inequality endured by the vast majority of people imprisoned by patriarchal capitalism. As we write, many of those whose works are present in the exhibition are in the South and continue living under lockdown, in places where professional healthcare is a luxury, safeguarding only the privileged.

‘The crack begins within’ are words borrowed from poet Iman Mersal. She explores the many ghosts of motherhood, tearing apart its contemporary morals. She begins with the refusal to become the sacrificed, the ‘egg that the newborn breaks en route to life.’ She rummages in the crevices of this dissent, exploring the many ways that within all the brokenness the mother and child carry, there is pain and beauty, mourning and living. As the epilogue of the Biennale The Crack Begins Within calls out the fallacy of claiming for oneself the destruction of the old and the birthing of the new, refloated so many times by the white fathers as a new scaffolding to secure the continuity of their decaying structures. This is the violence that surrounds us, and that we are a part of.

The Crack Begins Within comprises the overlapping experiences of the artworks gathered here, breathing together, touching and moving one another. It is a testament to the powerful collective stories they tell, the work they do, and the things they shatter. The epilogue is an exercise of mutual recognition, an acknowledgement of the cracks in the system, of those broken by it and their struggles. As the carceral politics of compartmentalization are cracked open, art will not disappear into nothingness, but flow into everything. The Crack Begins Within is a nod to the solidarity in vulnerability of the healers and carers, the fighters, their fractures, and their power.”

María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, Agustín Pérez Rubio, Curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Link: The 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

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