Thank You For Bringing My Work Back Home

Written on 30. July 2022

2000 in Gropius Bau Berlin

Thursday, 04.08.2022 17.00—19.30
Gropius Bau, 2nd floor
Free admission with pre-registration

This lecture by Valeria Schiller and the following conversation between her and Henrike Naumann, who will join online, discuss the cultural-historical connections and parallels between Kyiv and Berlin in context of the division between East and West, and the position of artistic practices and cultural work in times of war. Shown at PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, when Russia invaded Ukraine, 2000 was recently evacuated and brought to the Gropius Bau. The conversation will unfold surrounded by the pieces of the installation.

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Connecting historical contexts of East and West Europe with the recent journey of the installation 2000 of Henrike Naumann, Valeria Schiller will give a lecture about the role of cultural work and archiving contemporary art in and from Ukraine. Afterwards she will engage in conversation with Henrike Naumann, who joins online from New York. The conversation is moderated by Zippora Elders, Head of Curatorial Department & Outreach at the Gropius Bau.

This event deals with themes related to the war in Ukraine, violence and displacement.

Art historian, curator, and art critic Valeria Schiller has been based in Berlin since March 2022. From 2016 to 2018, she worked in the archive of the PinchukArtCentre’s Research Platform in Kyiv. 2019 she was a Junior Curator of the PinchukArtCentre and a Curatorial Team Member at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre. Since 2019, she has been teaching art history at the Kyiv Academy of Media Arts.

Henrike Naumann was born in Zwickau, GDR and lives and works in Berlin. She reflects socio-political phenomena on the level of interior design and domestic space and explores antagonistic political beliefs through the ambivalent aesthetics of personal taste. Growing up in Eastern Germany, Naumann experienced Neo-Nazis as a predominant youth culture in the 1990s. Therefore, she is interested in the mechanisms of radicalization and its links to personal experience.

Back Home: Artistic Practices, Cultural Work and the War in Ukraine is curated by Zippora Elders and Julia Grosse, with the support of Leonie Schmiese, Lijuan Klassen and Sarah Crowe.

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