post-title Thomas Kilpper | Entwurzelt | Galerie im Körnerpark | 28.04.-04.07.2018

Thomas Kilpper | Entwurzelt | Galerie im Körnerpark | 28.04.-04.07.2018

Thomas Kilpper | Entwurzelt | Galerie im Körnerpark | 28.04.-04.07.2018

Thomas Kilpper | Entwurzelt | Galerie im Körnerpark | 28.04.-04.07.2018

until 04.07. | #2008ARTatBerlin | Galerie im Körnerpark presents from 28th April 2018 the exhibition “Entwurzelt” (>”Uprooted”) by the artist Thomas Kilpper.

Social cohesion and solidarity seem to have become fragile today more than ever. Worldwide, societies are confronted with nationalist tendencies. The public perception of flight and immigration usually focuses on the challenges facing society. The artist Thomas Kilpper offers a different perspective: What does the loss of home for refugees mean? Is the social uprooting, which means flight, counteracted or even amplified by the people in the places of arrival? Can uprooting also open up new opportunities?
The beginning of the exhibition marks Thomas Kilpper’s new series “Burnout” with charcoal drawings of burning refugee shelters. The centerpiece of the exhibition is an uprooted tree using parts of the old maple tree that overturned in front of the Galerie im Körnerpark during a storm in the summer of 2017. In this expansive installation, the artist integrates new woodcuts, portraits of people exposed to or opposed to racist violence. In addition to clearly right-wing extremist attacks and attacks, he draws particular attention to cases in which racism is suspected as a motive, as in the murders of Burak Bektaş and Luke Holland in Neukölln. Thomas Kilpper sees his installation as a critique of violence, but also as an impulse for an open and solidarity living together.

Participatory accompanying program
Over the duration of the exhibition, Thomas Kilpper’s tree installation will continue to grow through the work of various groups. They bring their own history, their own experience and their own attitudes to racism and resistance, uprooting and rooting. With: Aufbruch Neukölln e. V., third spring e. V., Heroes Berlin, district mothers in Neukölln, residents of the refugee housing of the Union Aid, Neukölln pupils. Project Management: Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli.

Saturday, 2nd June 2018, 2-6 pm
Memory Swarm – Action
Portraits and names of the victims of racist violence are printed on fabric and released as nomadic memorials in the urban space. With Isra Abdou.

Sunday, June 24th, 2018, 4pm
The cloth – performance
The Neukölln district mothers present a huge, resistant memorial cloth.

Wednesday, 4thJuly 2018, 5-7 pm
Defoliate the tree – final event
Everyone is invited to pick up their work.

Discursive events
Saturday, May 26th, 2018, 6pm
Setting the tone – podium discussion within the series “Culture in Nervous Times” of the municipal galleries Berlin
Ercan Arslan, artist, collaborator of the sculpture commemorating Burak Bektas, Ayşe Güleç, co-founder of the Friends of Halit in Kassel, Anetta Kahane, chairwoman of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation (requested) and Thomas Kilpper, talk about art as a right-wing force and racism.
Moderation: Ingo Arend, author and critic

Wednesday, 4th July 2018, 7 pm
Grenzgängerbeatz – Finissage with reading
The writer Raul Zelik reads from his stories in which he draws a differentiated yet humorous picture of social conditions.
With the kind support of the District Cultural Fund

Vernissage: Friday, 27th April 2018, 7 pm, greeting: Karin Korte, cultural councilor, introduction: Dorothee Bienert, gallery director and curator

Exhibition period: Saturday, April 28 to Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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Image caption: Thomas Kilpper, Nauen, Zeichnung aus der Serie BurnOut, 2016-17, Copyright Thomas Kilpper, Courtesy Galerie Nagel Draxler

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