Image: MfS HA_III Fo 382 Bild_0002 (detail)
Thurs-Sat, 12-18:00 or by appointment
August 4-31, 2018
Exhibition and Text Series
Vernissage, Performances: August 4, 3-7pm
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EX-EMBASSY is an exhibition and text series that unfolds from the former Australian embassy to the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Five artistic works and five commissioned texts are presented in and around the 70s-era iconic Modernist structure.
The former embassy is one component of a little-known, yet unparalleled architectural experiment: in the late 1960s and early 1970s, 135 diplomatic buildings were rapidly rolled out in Berlin’s peripheral northeastern borough, Pankow.
Australia, often named the ‘Fifth Continent’ in GDR communiques, usually plays a minor role in Cold War histories. Following geographer Doreen Massey’s definition of space as “the simultaneity of stories thus far”, EX-EMBASSY addresses the former embassy as a site shaped by, and containing, trajectories that move far beyond its physical frame. Grounding geopolitical histories that destabilise belonging within capitalist property formats, the works and texts attend to ongoing negotiations of value and territory; narrative and identity.
Participating artists: Megan Cope (Quandamooka); Archie Moore (Kamilaroi); Sumugan Sivanesan (AU/DE) & Carl Gerber (DE); Sonya Schönberger (DE); and Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (AU/AT). With texts by: cultural studies theorist Ben Gook (AU/DE); legal scholar Sarah Keenan (UK); historian Peter Monteath (AU); artist, critic and curator Rachel O’Reilly (AU/DE); and writers Nathan Sentance (Wiradjuri) & Raelee Lancaster (Wiradjuri). EX-EMBASSY is hosted by artist Sonja Hornung (AU/DE) with the curatorial advice of Rachel O’Reilly (AU/DE).
EX-EMBASSY opens as part of Berlin’s Project Space Festival 2018 and is hosted by the project space x-embassy. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation through the association Helle Panke e.V.. Media partner: Berlin Art Link.
An external Podium Discussion: Anti-Colonial Diplomacies will take place within the framework of the exhibition at Archive Books on August 7, with Megan Cope (Quandamooka) and Archie Moore (Kamilaroi); moderation: Rachel O’Reilly (AU/DE).