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KW Institute for Contemporary Art

A selection of works

The Antichurch

Can patriarchal violence be purged from our collective bodies? The white father, the priest and the statesman, preaching from their nationalist pulpits continue to be celebrated by the masses. Within this barefaced crowd of worshippers bodies press up against one another. The sexual politics of fascism can be felt in a communion of ecstatic repression that lashes out at all heretics. The religion of colonial capitalism, in its many mutations, continues its criminal rampage against a rising majority of non-believers. They, in turn, are defacing the old pale gods and their fundamentalism, vandalizing their cathedrals, proclaiming that their statues will also die. The clergymen warn that this pagan enemy is powerful, invisible, and everywhere, and fortunately they are. Confronting the new theocrats and their followers, their murderous histories, stand those who fight back by simply living their lives. Their very existence is an exercise of survival, manifested in the everyday struggles occurring at this very moment all over the planet: Lullabies sung by elders, insurgencies woven by Indigenous women, children torn from their mothers finding new kinships. Emancipatory cosmologies and sexualities create personal and collective antichurches, queer and transfeminist temples, which confront the tactics of fear and fanaticism spread by the autocrats and their macabre processions. They say, "We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn." They perform rituals of feminist solidarities. They invent matriarchal alliances of rebellious mourning. They share their vulnerability and their stories. They are spiritual healers. And, they are always many, never just one.

Participants at this venue

Marwa Arsanios

Shuvinai Ashoona

Paula Baeza Pailamilla

Virginia Borges, Gil DuOdé and Virginia de Medeiros

Cansu Çakar

Edgar Calel (in collaboration with Fernando Pereira dos Santos)

Flávio de Carvalho

Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide)

Kiri Dalena

Zehra Doğan

El Palomar

Brenda V. Fajardo


Christine Meisner

Małgorzata Mirga-Tas

Pedro Moraleida Bernardes

Óscar Fernando Morales Martínez

Carlos Motta

Florencia Rodriguez Giles

Mariela Scafati

Teatro da Vertigem

Elena Tejada-Herrera

The Black Mamba – Natasha Mendonca & Suman Sridhar

Young-jun Tak

Azucena Vieites

Address, access

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin
Location on map

Opening hours:
Wed–Mon 11 am–7 pm
Thu 11 am–9 pm, Tue closed

S-Bahn S1/S2/S25/S26, Tram M1/M5: Oranienburger Straße
U-Bahn U6: Oranienburger Tor
U-Bahn U8: Weinmeisterstraße

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About this venue

Since its inception in the early 1990s, KW Institute for Contemporary Art has devoted itself to the central questions of our times through the production, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art. The Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, which was launched soon after, emerged from a pressing desire for an extensive dialogue with the international discourse around contemporary art. In addition to other venues across the city, the Berlin Biennale has regularly used KW’s exhibition spaces since 1998. Numerous outstanding artists and internationally renowned curators have since realized important new works and exhibition projects there, establishing the two institutions located under the roof of KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V. as vibrant venues for progressive artistic practices, both within the Berlin art scene and internationally.

Berlin Biennale 2020

5 September - 1 November 2020
at four venues in Berlin

The Crack Begins Within

María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, Agustín Pérez Rubio

More than 75 participants

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