post-title WHOSE LAND HAVE I LIT ON NOW? | Contemplations on the Notions of Hostipitality | SAVVY Contemporary | 19.05.–24.06.2018

WHOSE LAND HAVE I LIT ON NOW? | Contemplations on the Notions of Hostipitality | SAVVY Contemporary | 19.05.–24.06.2018

WHOSE LAND HAVE I LIT ON NOW? | Contemplations on the Notions of Hostipitality | SAVVY Contemporary | 19.05.–24.06.2018

WHOSE LAND HAVE I LIT ON NOW? | Contemplations on the Notions of Hostipitality | SAVVY Contemporary | 19.05.–24.06.2018

until 24.06. | #2034ARTatBerlin | SAVVY Contemporary shows from 19th May 2018 the exhibition WHOSE LAND HAVE I LIT ON NOW?, a project that examines hostility inherent in hospitality as well as models of conflict and conviviality.

With Abbas Akhavan, Meriç Algün, Mounira Al Solh, Steeve Bauras, Deanna Bowen, Banu Cennetoğlu, Stephanie Comilang, Victor Ehikhamenor, Antje Engelmann, Louis Henderson, Eva Leitolf, Doris Maninger, Sabelo Mlangeni, Emeka Okereke, Neda Saeedi, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ming Wong, Tinofireyi Zhou

01.06.2018, 21:00 Uhr
silent green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin

With Tariq Ali, Bilgin Ayata, Manuela Bojadzijev and Njamy Sitson. Im Rahmen der Langen Nacht der Ideen 2018 des Auswärtigen Amts.

silent green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin

With Ulf Aminde, Mohamed Amjahid, Sepake Angiama and Clare Butcher (aneducation), Nacera Belaza, Seloua Luste Boulbina, Joshua Chambers-Letson, Jacques Coursil, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Heidrun Friese, Marque Gilmore, Niklas Maak, Lionel Manga, Naeem Mohaiemen, Negros Tou Moria, Peter Morin, Robert Nichols, Kettly Noël, Franziska Pierwoss, Lerato Shadi, Nahed Samour, Farkhondeh Shahroudi, Safiya Sinclair, Tania Willard, Aaron Wilson und vielen mehr. Mit Unterstützung der Botschaft von Kanada.

Man of misery, whose land have I lit on now?
What are they here—violent, savage, lawless?
or friendly to strangers, god-fearing people?
––Odysseus upon his return to Ithaca: Homer, The Odyssey, Book 6:131.
now that our soil has become co-conspirator
eating up our dreams and dusty tears
bearing the fruit of our horrors
in orange navels
rooting us yet stronger
firmer to our ancestors’ bones

we ask

when did stones
become the comrades of sunken boys
who utilize rubber bullets and empty shells
as toys
––Suheir Hammad, children of stone: Born Palestinian, Born Black (Brooklyn, New York: UpSet Press, 2010)

WHOSE COUNTRY HAVE I LIT ON NOW? Contemplations on the Notions of Hostipitality covers an exhibition, performances, lectures, film screenings, and other time-related experiences, aiming to reflect on concepts of hospitality and the triggers of hostility inherent in all hospitality. Much is happening today that requires reflection on hospitality in Germany, in Europe and around the world. Based on Germany’s national context and Derrida’s concept of “hostile hospitality” (composed of English hostility, hostility, and hospitality, hospitality), the project is not limited to geographic, historical, philosophical and cultural starting points, but focuses on concepts of Hospitality in a global context. Inviting artists, curators, musicians, and other thinkers to reflect on the various concepts and hospitality concepts presented, the project creates a space for exchange, mutual respect, and questions that may inspire further thought. In a time of flourishing resentment and antipathy towards everything that appears conceptually or physically as “foreign” / “stranger”, at a time when the historical power of the guest (as a colonizer) over the host is repeated and intensified, and In a time when hospitality is increasingly becoming a neo-liberal good, it is imperative to rethink the growth of hospitality.

WHOSE COUNTRY HAVE I LIT ON NOW? is conceived of as contiguous spaces of contemplation, activated and animated by an exhibition and a weekend of invocations with performances, concerts, lectures and talks:

I GUEST, I HOST. WHO IS THE GHOST? explores the gradations of power between host, guest and spirit becoming – the zombifying process of transformation between guest and host * – and the forms of violence involved in these transitions, addressing colonial settlement projects and their distortion of ‘guest ownership’. “and” host-being “deal.

FORGING A BRIDGE: FROM ‘WE CREATE THIS’ TO ‘THE BOAT IS FULL’ explores the gradual shift of hospitality towards hostility. Looking more closely at the collapse of the German welcome culture following the arrival of mostly Syrian migrants in the summer of 2015, how the summer of grace became the autumn of rage and the winter of nightmares reveals that the initially good will revives the extreme right emerged in Germany.

CARESSING THE PHANTOM LIMB: ‘HOME’ – PROGRESSION, REGRESSION, STAGNATION examines the power of the concept of home, which characterizes the privileges and common denominator of those who are considered by the majority to be privileged to participate in privileges. But ‘home’ could be the sum of our individual beings, cultures, religions and philosophies. ‘Homeland’ could also be inclusive and unifying – sensitive to the historical, political and economic realities that have made people move vigorously or voluntarily. Is not the current state of home regressive and a mere caress of a phantom body part?

RIDING THE TIDE: ON HOSTIPICAPITALISM rekindles the notion of hospitality in neoliberal capitalism, which has turned hospitality from a virtue into a ubiquitous commodity.

Throughout the project, we look from the micro level to broader entanglements – from SAVVY Contemporary’s home, role and presence in our project space in Wedding as a host for artists and other collaborators, as well as a guest in our neighborhood, to the possibilities of moments unconditional hospitality and the hostile strategies of the nation state towards its weakest citizens and newcomers. Our explorations of these concepts include the narratives that have emerged from the legacies of and resistance to settler fantasies, as well as the location of Or Gallery in First Nations territories in North America.

WHOSE COUNTRY HAVE I LIT ON NOW? is a 4Cs project: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, a collaborative project exploring conflicts and models for intercultural dialogue co-funded by the European Commission’s Creative Europe Program. 4Cs was developed by the following partners: Facade de Ciências Humanas Universidade Católica Portuguesa FCH | UCP (PT), Tensta Konsthall (SE), SAVVY Contemporary (DE), Royal College of Art (UK), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (ES), Vilnius Academy of Arts (LT), Museet for Samtids Art (DK) and ENSAD (FR).

Vernissage:  Friday, 18th May 2018, from 7:00 p.m.

Exhibition period: Saturday, 19th May to Sunday, 24th June 2018, Thursday – Sunday   2:00–7:00 p.m.

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Image caption: Quoted from Olu Oguibe. 1996. ‘Imaginary Homes, Imagined Loyalties: A Brief Reflection on the Uncertainty of Geographies’

Exhibition- WHOSE LAND HAVE I LIT ON NOW? – SAVVY Contemporary | Zeitgenössische Kunst | Contemporary Art | Ausstellungen Berlin | Kunst in Berlin | Galerien Berlin | ARTat Berlin

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