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YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal brings together the diverse, sometimes contradictory perspectives of 26 artists* to address thematic areas such as the politicisation of health, the resilience of Indigenous knowledge systems, forms of (elective) kinship, equitable land use and distribution, decolonisation and the rights of the non-human, all of which are interwoven with different concepts of care, repair and healing.

Kader Attia, On Silence, 2021  Courtesy der Künstler, beauftragt von Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha
Kader Attia, On Silence, 2021 Courtesy der Künstler, beauftragt von Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha Foto: Markus Elbaus

The relevance of these issues has become increasingly evident in recent years with the worsening climate emergency, global pandemics, political instability and the rise of authoritarian and populist regimes.

YOYI is the name of a ceremonial gathering of song and dance that is central to Tiwi culture in northern Australia. YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal refers to this exclamation: an invitation to come together to celebrate and mourn. Gestures, shouts, ceremonial objects and body painting are also part of the vibrant and creative practice of YOYI.

In response to this call, each of the 26 invited artists pursue different strategies of questioning, reinventing, expanding, sustaining or renouncing notions of care, repair and healing. Some open critical perspectives on how the concept of care has been misused. Others propose methods of repair that are fundamentally different from Western approaches. Still others question whether healing is possible or even necessary.

The spectrum of these voices is echoed in video works, installations, paintings and performances on display throughout the ground floor of the Gropius Bau.

With an experimental, democratic approach, the curatorial team, whose members hail from Europe, Asia and Australia, engages with the many understandings of care, repair and healing that have emerged from mutual exchange.

With works by
Pierre Adler, Brook Andrew, Kader Attia, Tosh Basco, Mohamed Bourouissa, Andrea Büttner, Lavkant Chaudhary, Lygia Clark, André Eugène, Guyodo, Artemisia Gentileschi, Johanna Hedva, Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Eva Kot'átková, Betty Muffler & Maringka Burton, Grace Ndiritu, People's Archive of Rural India, Outi Pieski, Paula Rego, Tabita Rezaire & Amakaba, Georgia Sagri, Yhonnie Scarce, Reginald Sénatus (Redji), SERAFINE1369 and Wu Tsang.

Curated by
Brook Andrew, Kader Attia with Giscard Bouchotte, Natasha Ginwala and Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, under the curatorial direction of Stephanie Rosenthal in collaboration with SERAFINE1369, In House: Artist in Residence 2021.
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