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Group exhibition on the occasion of the festival year 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany

The exhibition Hiersein, Being Here, להיות כאן aims to make contemporary perspectives on German-Jewish urban life accessible to a broad audience. Seven contemporary artists present their individual and critical perspectives on family, places of origin, identities, and Jewish and German history through drawing, painting, photography, conceptual art, and comics.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Hiersein, Being Here, להיות כאן
© Olaf Kuehnemann

The diversity of content is reflected in the range of artistic media. One focus of the exhibition is to present a lively, cultural plurality in relation to city life and encounters in the city. Berlin is a city that lives and has lived on immigration. For artists, Berlin has become a place to live and work due to its open structure and changeability, this is also shown by artists with Jewish roots who live in Berlin after the Holocaust as the so-called 'third generation'.

They share the reflection and interest in Jewish culture with German artists who deal with the memory and history of National Socialist Germany in their artworks. The exhibition provides insights into these confrontations and thematic networks: Who looks at Germany's history and how? What perspectives are created by artists who moved to Berlin from Israel and other countries? How do they engage with Jewish and German culture? How do artists of German origin deal with commemoration in the city?

Hiersein, Being Here, להיות כאן conveys, in addition to a (new) self-understanding of living in Germany and Berlin, other levels of meaning: The fragility of a cultural identity and the fractures and reflections of Jewish and German history. The artists confront this tension and reflection and let the visitors participate in it. To locate oneself in the present is both a challenge and an invitation.

The artworks by Olaf Kühnemann (drawing, sculpture), Michal Fuchs (drawing, sculpture), Paula Elion (installation with objects), Atalya Laufer (installation, drawing, photography), Elke Renate Steiner (comics/books), Heike Steinweg (photography) and Birgit Szepanski (installation, Objects, Artists Book) and their compilation gives visitors* to the exhibition Hiersein, Being Here, להיות כאן substantive, critical and aesthetic impulses to reflect on Jewish and German life and culture in Berlin.

The artworks stimulate sensual perception through their craftsmanship and variety of media, thereby opening up further access. The idea of encountering each other in the city and the pluralistic thought associated with it is traced in the exhibition.

  • curated by Dr. Birgit Szepanski 
Opening on Sunday, September 5, 2021, 12 p.m. in the outdoor space in front of the gallery.
  • Greeting: Eva Lezzi, author Introduction: Birgit Szepanski, curator of the exhibition and artist.

A diverse educational and outreach program will be offered by Kommunale Galerie Berlin to accompany the exhibition.

Further information on the festival year 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany here: https://2021jlid.de 
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Opening hours:

Tue to Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat and Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Participating artists
Paula Elion
Michal Fuchs
Olaf Kühnemann
Atalya Laufer
Elke Renate Steiner
Heike Steinweg
Birgit Szepanski
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