Opening: 13 May 2016, 7-11 pm (local time)
Exhibition: 14 May – 12 Jun 2016
Symposium: 12 Jun 2016
Studio 1 & MOMENTUM Gallery
Mariannenplatz 2, Berlin Kreuzberg
An art exhibition entitled “BEYOND BALAGAN!!! HERO MOTHER: Contemporary Art by Post-Communist Women – Rethinking Heroism” will take place from 14 May to 12 June in Berlin, with the participation of 30 women artists from 20 countries with communist legacies.
Filmmaker Nguyen Trinh Thi will represent Vietnam to take part in the exhibition.
Her Mother will present artworks by these contemporary women artists, who are either born in, or are based in, the states that used to (or still) practice state socialism. Their artworks, through a variety of media, address and defy the frighteningly regressive political agendas in many Eastern European countries today, outing it in the context of broader developments worldwide.
The exhibition and the discursive program focus on the role of gender, citizenship, nationalism, migration and personal freedom, as well as the relation between artists and institutions such as state structures. It looks at the ramifications of traditionalist political forces, as they are unleashed upon women, the queer community and other minorities at a time of increasingly resurgent conservative values.
The works shown in this exhibition will integrate time into their form and their content, including – but not limited to – video, performance, installation, public art, situationist action, interactive works and social engagement, sound, photography, text, and web-based work.
Her Mother is part of MOMENTUM’s program for 2016, consisting of a series of events, residencies and exhibitions called BEYOND BALAGAN, which inquires into contemporary art and its relation to life.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit the organizer’s website.
Nguyen Trinh Thi studied journalism, photography, international relations and ethnographic film in the United States. Her films and video art works have been shown at festivals and art exhibitions across Asia, Europe, and the USA – including Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; the Lyon Biennale 2015; Asian Art Biennial 2015, Taiwan; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial 2014; Singapore Biennale 2013; Jakarta Biennale 2013; Oberhausen International Film Festival; Bangkok Experimental Film Festival; Artist Films International; DEN FRIE Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; and Kuandu Biennale, Taipei.
Nguyen Trinh Thi – Winner of Best Emerging Artist Using Digital/Video – 2016 Prudential Eye Awards
Nguyen Trinh Thi’s “Unsubtitled” in APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 Finalists Exhibition