connect: Rosy Future. Contemporary Art from Tunisia
Press preview: Thursday, 11 October 2012, 11:00
Opening: Thursday, 11 October 2012, 19:00
Duration: 12 October – 21 December 2012
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 14:00–19:00
The exhibition “Rosy Future” provides an insight into contemporary art practices in post-revolutionary Tunisia. For this project, curators Christine Bruckbauer and Patricia K. Triki have selected artists who live and work in Tunisia, and who have been witnesses or active participants of the historical changes from January 2011. In their works, the artists respond to events occurring within their social and political environment. They highlight conflicts that had been concealed during the dictatorial past and that now re-emerge after the revolution. The works express disappointment as well as the hope for better, a “rosy future”.
Since the revolution, the streets and the internet provide the scene for many works of art in Tunisia. A documentary part of the exhibition will convey impressions of these new and energetic developments of art practices in the public space by way of videos, links and other documentation materials.
The 240-page catalogue with numerous illustrations, published with Kerber Verlag, attempts to provide a comprehensive survey of the development of the contemporary art scene in Tunisia. Authors: M. Ben Soltane, Ch. Bruckbauer, S. Karoui, A. Machghoul, H. Ounaina, H. Tlili, R. Triki, P. K. Triki (German/French/partially English)
Mohamed Ben Slama, Mohamed Ben Soltane, Moufida Fedhila, Aïcha Filali, Faten Gaddes, Mouna Jemal Siala, Sonia Kallel, Halim Karabibene, Mouna Karray, Nicène Kossentini, Hela Lamine, Patricia K. Triki, Rania Werda
“Rosy Future” is the fourth exhibition in the series “connect:”, following “Art Scene Vietnam”, “A Gentil Carioca” and “Khoj”. With exhibitions, events and publications in irregular intervals, the “connect:” series aims at connecting, contacting, communicating and bringing together different scenes from the field of art in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Friday, 12 October 2012, 16:00
Guided tour of the exhibition with Christine Bruckbauer and Patricia K. Triki as well as the present artists at the ifa Gallery Berlin.
Friday, 12 October 2012, 19:00
46th Academy Talk
Who owns the revolution? How do contemporary artists in Tunisia react to the enormous upheavals in society and culture? What are the opportunities of the arts?
A panel discussion with Mouna Karray, Nicène Kossentini, Hela Lamine, Mohamed Ben Soltane, Patricia K. Triki and Christiane Bohrer, Goethe Institute Tunis
Moderated by Johannes Odenthal, Akademie der Künste
An event by the Akademie der Künste in collaboration with the ifa Gallery Berlin and the Goethe Institute Tunis.
(The discussion will be in German and French.)
Venue: Clubraum, Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin
Thursday, 8 November 2012, 19:00
New short films and videos from Syria (2011–12)
curated by Charlotte Bank
Venue: ifa Gallery Berlin