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fluid lines and broken fittings: How to reflect a democracy in crisis

Now open at the Schinkel Pavillon, the discursive art project 'fluid lines and broken fittings' features work by artists including Hito Steyerl, Andrea Büttner and Mykola Ridnyi.

Andrea Büttner, Karmel Dachau

Over the next week (23 May–2 June), a number of important figures will be tackling issues of political injustice and human rights abuses for the ambitious discursive project, fluid lines and broken fittings at the Schinkel Pavillon. The event is coming at a crucial time, reflecting on the fragility of democracies and the exploring pervasive discrimination felt by so many people around the world based on religion, skin colour, gender and political views.

With screenings, readings, talks, and panel discussions, the event aims to foster a deeper understanding of the intricate relationship between art, politics, and social justice. Looking ahead to the creation of a more equitable future in the face of authoritarian regimes and the continued rise in wars and conflicts.

Featuring contributions from renowned artists and thinkers, including the hugely-respected contemporary artist and filmmaker, Hito Steyerl, contemporary artists and former Turner Prize nominee Andrea Büttner, Ukrainian artist and activist Mykola Ridnyi (he did the excellent The Battle Over Mazepa at the Kyiv Biennale at Between Bridges), Lebanese writer and artist Rabih Mroué and a lot more, this looks to be an urgent and worthwhile event to attend.

Film still: Mykola Ridnyi, The District, 2023, video, colour, sound, 20 min. Courtesy of the artist.

The programme kicks off on the 23rd May at 7pm with a discussion and presentation on East German identities and West German perceptions, featuring Markus Draper and Peter Richter, moderated by Susanne Altmann. On the 28th May, at 7pm there will be an artist talk exploring the intersections of art and social critique with Andrea Büttner, moderated by Juliane Bischoff.

On the 30th May at 7pm, Mykola Ridnyi will engage in a conversation with Wolfgang Kaleck from the ECCHR on identifying historical traces of injustice. On the 31st May, also at 7pm, a reading from the book an alle orte, die hinter uns liegen, will take place by the author, Sinthujan Varatharajah, who is investigating colonial techniques of violence and their lingering effects on displaced communities.

  • Schinkel Pavilion, Oberwallstr. 32, Mitte, exhibition runs through 2nd June, details.