Tobias Zielony, The Citizen, 2015, Courtesy of Tobias Zielony and KOW, Berlin © Tobias Zielony

Halil Altındere, Homeland, 2016, Courtesy Halil Altindere and Pilot Gallery, Istanbul

Marina Naprushkina, Arrivals, 2015-2016, Courtesy die Künstlerin
Anna Witt, Durch Wände gehen, 2015/16, Courtesy die Künstlerin und Galerie Tanja Wagner


AUGUST 27 – OCTOBER 30, 2016


With contributions by Halil Altındere, Vera Drebusch, Manaf Halbouni, Charles Heller & Lorenzo Pezzani (Forensic Oceanography), Thomas Kilpper, Marina Naprushkina (Refugees´ Library und Neue Nachbarschaft Moabit), Kateřina Šedá, Mounira Al Solh, Anna Witt und Tobias Zielony.

Migration and displacement seem to mark our times like no other topic. The media frequently carry reports of a refugee and migration crisis. In all this, we are not dealing with a transitory event, as the permanent state of exception and the uncertain situation of refugees has meanwhile become the rule. Migration has become a seismograph for our times and defines our self-understanding in Europe.

The exhibition takes this social-political background and the perspective of contemporary art to engage with the cultural effects of migration, displacement and asylum. Artists have repeatedly employed their techniques to create their artistic projects out of the history of migrants, their social status, the individual memory of displacement and from experiences lying between trauma and hope. In contrast to other media, they show different images and forms of narratives, are interested in visions as yet unheard and in that way create a refuge for a multiplicity of voices and for reflection within art. To that extent, this exhibition at the Bielefelder Kunstverein invites discussion of artistic initiatives and concepts, which expresses art as a space of resistance and experience as well as offers a platform for the complex questions of escape, migration and integration.

Curator: Thomas Thiel

To mark the exhibition, a 40-page brochure will be published (German/English).

»Asylum« is kindly supported by Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

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