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exp. 1: The Bones of the World

7 September - 9 November 2019
Part of the three sequential moments from September 2019 to May 2020, ahead of the 11th Berlin Biennale in 2020.

The presentation and program at the ExRotaprint complex in Berlin-Wedding give insights into the curators' research. It is meant as a laboratory, a thinking space for the team to learn from artists, projects, and initiatives, building sustainable relationships with people in the neighborhood.

Curatorial statement  


Address, opening hours  

Curatorial statement

How do each of us bare ourselves to the world? exp. 1: The Bones of the World is an attempt to hold on to the complicated beauty of life when the fire has erupted. Not an obsession with the ruins, but an attempt to be attentive to what is made with the rubble. A way of working with and remaining beside that which moves us now. As an exhibition it is a setting, an exercise in mutual exposure, a place to listen to the stories that shape us—stories we have shared with one another, and stories that have not yet been told. It is a space open to the diverse experiences that we bring with us, but also to those occurring around us, outside our comfort zones, at this very moment.

Os Ossos do Mundo [The Bones of the World] is also the title of a travelog written by the Brazilian artist Flávio de Carvalho (1899–1973) during his time in Europe in the mid-1930s. Today it reads as a kind of reverse ethnography of the Old World. For us, The Bones of the World is a point of departure, an initial motion, aware of the rawness of time and its broken promises. At the same time, it is a joyous acknowledgement of life occurring amidst, against, and despite the general states of brokenness all around us. From here, we move.

(From information by Berlin Biennale)

Works and contributions by:

Marwa Arsanios, Felix Brüggemann, Flávio de Carvalho, Léo Corrêa, Die Remise (Ali Akyol, Jacqueline Aslan, Stefan Bast, Muriel Biedrzycki, Julia Brunner, Fatma Cakmak, Stefan Endewardt, Tobi Euler, Melina Gerstemann, Ayşe Güleç, Juanita Kellner, Angelika Levi, Carmen Mörsch, Shanti Suki Osman, Ayse Preissing, Markus Schega, Miriam Schickler, Aylin Turgay, and pupils from the Nürtingen and Heinrich-Zille elementary schools, with Çiçek Bacık, Aïcha Diallo, Kotti-Shop, Annika Niemann), Feminist Health Care Research Group (Inga Zimprich/Julia Bonn), Andrés Fernández, Florian Gass, Till Gathmann, Mauricio Gatti, Eiko Grimberg, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Âlut Kangermio, Mapa Teatro, Virginia de Medeiros, Marcelo Moreschi, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Mirja Reuter, Teatro da Vertigem, Teo, Cecilia Vicuña, Osías Yanov, and more.

Address, opening hours

11. Berlin Biennale, c/o ExRotaprint
Bornemannstr. 9
13357 Berlin
Location on map

Opening hours:
Thu–Sat 2–7 pm
Sun–Wed closed
Free admission
Wheelchair accessible

Berlin Biennale 2020

5 September - 1 November 2020
at four venues in Berlin

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

More than 75 participants

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