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Group Exhibition

»Memory Ownership:
Between Censorship and a Diary«

Olga Bubich, Yanina Boldyreva, Dick Lau, Teresa Eng

Curated by Olga Bubich & Franca Wohlt

Not only for personal motives can memories – individual or collective – be (self-)censored or erased. And not only pursuing the goals of safety or linguistic convenience. Unfortunately, human civilization knows numerous examples, when the subjects of forced memory censorships were entire languages, entire nationalities, entire decades of countries’ histories. In the first half of the 21st century, humankind seems to be repeating many ordeals the civilization hoped would remain a thing of the past – we again have to struggle diseases, injustice and lawlessness, sufferings, and deaths of the innocent caused by the madness of self-proclaimed leaders whose knowledge of the history of humankind appears to be too short. Onсe again do we have to fight for our memories, protecting them against external influences, censorship, and the processes of distortion caused by its very nature.

From the series "Teplushka" © Yanina Boldyreva

Around 50% of our recollections naturally transform in the course of a single year altered by our accumulated experiences and emotions, however much more harm is done when the changes are caused by external pressure. So, who do our memories really belong to? Who owns the original, «true», record of what we have seen, felt, and experienced? What could be done to resist memory censorship? A new exhibition and a new „Halbtotale – talk“ on the topic brings together four artists at AFF Galerie whose works demonstrate various approaches to the research of the elusive nature of memory.
Text: Olga Bubich

Framework program

Friday, July 15, 2022, 7 pm
Opening Reception

Sunday, July 17, 2022, 5 pm
Artist Talk
“Halbtotale”, Talk & interactive platform on the exhibition topic with Olga Bubich & Franca Wohlt. Held in English.

With the kind support of the Cross Culture Program of the ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations.
ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
AFF Galerie Berlin

July 16 — 24, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 7 pm
+ Framework program: please see above

Kochhannstraße 14, 10249 Berlin
[District: Friedrichshain | Borough: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg]

Opening hours: Sat & Sun 3 – 6 pm

Admission free | Barrier-free access

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