Programme regarding RE-CONNECT. ART AND CONFLICT IN BROTHERLAND

The special exhibition RE-CONNECT. Art and Struggle in the Brotherland at the MdbK deals in three chapters with the migrant (art) history of the GDR and its continuities in the present. With this exhibition, the MdbK wants to connect social issues from politics and culture and go beyond the limited search field of classical art history. The event and mediation programme, conceived with associations and initiatives, invites visitors to talk and listen and to network.

Registrations for tour groups, private tours or colleges outside the accompanying programme can be made via mdbk@leipzig.de or 0341 216 999 14.

Current

Mahmoud Dabdoub, o. T. (Informationszentrum Leipzig), 1984, Privatbesitz, © Künstler
Mahmoud Dabdoub, o. T. (Informationszentrum Leipzig), 1984, Privatbesitz, © Künstler

Sat, 02.09.2023, 2 pm, RE-CONNECT: Mahmoud Dabdoub

Dialogue tour with the photographer Mahmoud Dabdoub and Carolin Rothmund. Language mediator Ahmed ElShafei interprets into Arabic.

جولة إرشادية مع المصور محمود دبدوب وكارولين روثموند. اللغوي أحمد الشافعي يترجم إلى العربية

AUGUST

Bibiana Malay und Grit  Diaz de Arce
Bibiana Malay und Grit Diaz de Arce

Wed, 02.08.2023, 2-6 pm: blaumachen. With pen in hand - drawing, practising, reflecting
Creative-practical activity for all with Musafer Qassim, master student at the HGB, and Katrina Blach. Free of charge

Wed, 02.08.2023, 6 pm: Art in Exile - a Theatre Collage
The theatre collage Art in Exile brings together different people and cultural backgrounds through a scenic programme. Under the artistic direction of Detlef Vitzthum, the ensemble will bring their own poetry, compositions and dance performances on the theme of "peace" to the exhibition spaces. A project of the Society for International Understanding (GfVv), which was one of the first associations to be founded in Leipzig after reunification in 1990. From the beginning, the GfVv has been primarily committed to combating violence, racism and "xenophobia". Free of charge
Participants: Detlef Vitzthum (director), Grit Kurth (poetry), Birgit Lawerenz (percussion), Raiser Montoya (play), Liliana Osorio de Rosen (dance), Michael Touma (poetry & recitation), Hassan Zeinel Abidine (poetry), Petra Kießling (poetry & play), Regina Vitzthum (text & play), Sef Albertz (guitar, composition)

Sat, 05.08.2023, 2 pm: RE-CONNECT
Guided tour with freelance curator Hải Nam Nguyễn.

Sat, 12.08.2023, 2 pm: RE-CONNECT
Guided tour in Vietnamese with freelance curator Hải Nam Nguyễn.

CANCELLED: Sat, 12.08.2023, 4 pm: Memories Speak. Images, things and stories from private archives of the Vietnamese community
Lectures and installation curated by Bao Linh Huynh. In cooperation with the Verein der Vietnamesen Leipzig e. V., free of charge. The event is cancelled for organisational reasons.

Sat, 19.08.2023, 2 pm: RE-CONNECT
Guided tour with freelance curator Hải Nam Nguyễn.

Sat, 26.08.2023, 2 pm: RE-CONNECT
Dialogue tour with Eucaris Guillen, Initiative Aktives Gestalten e. V., and Carolin Rothmund

SEPTEMBER

Association work in the Arabesken Workshop © Kulturverein Sagart e. V.
Association work in the Arabesken Workshop © Kulturverein Sagart e. V.

Sat, 02.09.2023, 2 pm: Mahmoud Dabdoub
Dialogue tour with the photographer Mahmoud Dabdoub and Carolin Rothmund. Language mediator Ahmed ElShafei interprets into Arabic.

Sun, 03.09.2023, 10.30 am: emdebeka 4+: What does César Olhagaray actually do?
Workshop with artistic practice for children from 4 years with Natalia Peña

Wed, 06.09.2023, 2-6 pm: blaumachen. Shaping memories
Creative-practical activity for all with Yasemin Said and Clara Nunes, PERSPECTIVES (Urban Souls e. V.), Judith Roth, Offenes Atelier Grünau (Urban Souls e. V.) and Lydia Bogdan. Free of charge

Wed, 06.09.2023, 6 pm: "(Why) have there been no great migrant artists?!"
Under this provocative title - based on the essay Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? by the feminist art historian Linda Nochlin - the MdbK invites you to a panel discussion. The historical and current mechanisms of exclusion for migrant and migrantised artists in the art world in Germany will be highlighted and discussed. How can diversity,
How can diversity, which was and is present in the "off-scene" and in institutional temporary exhibitions, also be reflected in German museum collections of contemporary and modern art? Sithara Weeratunga (Agent for Diversity) and Marcus Andrew Hurttig (Curator) would like to discuss this with decision-makers, academics and artists. Free of charge
Guests include: Sandrine Micossé-Aikins (Head of the Diversity Arts Culture, Berlin), Michael Touma (artist of the exhibition Re-Connect and member of the art and culture association Sagart e. V., Leipzig) and Eboa Itondo (Head of the Graphic Collection Museum Ludwig, Cologne)

Sat, 09.09.2023, 4 pm: Remembrance Practices - (In)Visibilities of Commemorative Culture
Panel discussion on remembrance policies for fairer conditions, which - despite much attention in recent years - remain a contested field. Who feels socially obliged to remember racist, anti-Semitic and sexist violence? What expectations and responsibilities arise from one's own social position? What can solidarity-based remembering look like that takes into account the injuries, the pain and the needs of those affected? We would like to discuss how the work of remembering can be shaped. A cooperation with PERSPECTIVES (Urban Souls e. V.) and the Association of Binational Families and Partnerships, free of charge.

Sun, 10.09.2023, 10.30 am: emdebeka 7+: What does Michael Touma actually do?
Workshop with artistic practice for children from 7 years with Natalia Peña

MAY

Motive Hân Lê & Ji Hee Lee unter Verwendung using Mahmoud Dabdoub, Leipzig, 1985, © artists
Motive Hân Lê & Ji Hee Lee unter Verwendung using Mahmoud Dabdoub, Leipzig, 1985, © artists

Sat, 20.05.23, 2pm: RE-CONNECT
Guided tour with curator Sithara Weeratunga for BIPoC (abbreviation for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour).
Registration language mediation needs: carolin.rothmund@leipzig.de (until 22.05.)

Tue, 23.05., 4 pm: RE-CONNECT & School
Introduction to the exhibition and workshops for teachers and multipliers with Carolin Rothmund and the Association of Binational Families and Partnerships e. V.
Registration: carolin.rothmund@leipzig.de (until 22.05.), free of charge

Wed, 24.05.23, 5 pm: Foreign students at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts - an underexposed chapter
Art discussion organised by the Leipziger Kunstverein e. V. with Julia Blume, art historian and head of archives at the HGB, Mona Ragy Enayat, artist, and Michael Touma, artist, who came from Egypt and Israel to study painting in Leipzig in the late 1980s. Moderation: Marcus Andrew Hurttig
Topics of the discussion include the reasons for studying abroad in Leipzig, the teaching methods and social integration at the HGB, as well as the opportunities, problems and fears of the Wende era. Free of charge

Sun, 28.05.23, 11 a.m.: seeing blindly
Work talk in the exhibition for interested people with and without visual impairments with Sebastian Schulze and Katrina Blach.

JUNE

THE DARK SIDE OF THE GDR © Grit Díaz de Arce, Bibiana Malay
THE DARK SIDE OF THE GDR © Grit Díaz de Arce, Bibiana Malay
Revenge - a narratif reading © narratif
Revenge - a narratif reading © narratif
Astan KA and Binghi
Astan KA and Binghi
Astan KA
Astan KA
Binghi
Binghi
Kros di Bodah
Kros di Bodah
Semir Alschausky in his studio in Berlin
Semir Alschausky in his studio in Berlin

Sat, 03.06.2023, 11 am - 3 pm: Migrant child - building bridges through art
Writing workshop for (post-)migrant people aged 18-35 with Hải Nam Nguyễn, freelance curator, and Vũ Vân Phạm, cultural worker. In the workshop, we will deal with the topics of growing up, education, desires and identity and reflect on them using concrete questions. Afterwards, there will be the opportunity for networking, exchange and community sharing. Writing materials will be provided if needed. Maximum 15 participants
Registration: carolin.rothmund@leipzig.de (until 01.06.), free of charge

Sun, 04.06.23, 10.30 am: emdebeka 4⁺: What does Mona Ragy Enayat actually do?
Workshop with artistic practice for children from 4 years with Natalia Peña

Wed, 07.06.23, 2-6 pm: blaumachen: P wie Protest.
Creative-practical activity for all with the Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften e. V. and Katrina Blach. Free of charge

Wed, 07.06.23, 6pm: THE DARK SIDE OF THE GDR (cancelled)
Scenic reading with Grit Díaz de Arce and Bibiana Malay. In songs, pictures and texts, the two artists talk about growing up in the GDR as children of African fathers. An evening that uses authentic testimonies - diaries, Stasi files, letters and bizarre self-confessions - to make the subliminal racism in the GDR tangible. Free of charge
(The event is cancelled until further notice)

Sat, 10.06.23, 2 pm: RE-CONNECT
Guided tour with Carolin Rothmund. The language mediator Bich Phuong Vu interprets into Vietnamese.

Sun, 11.06.23, 10.30 am: emdebeka 7⁺: What does Teresa Casanueva actually do?
Workshop with artistic practice for children from 7 years with Natalia Peña.

Wed, 14.06.23, 3 pm: Talk to me! The whole, own world
Language tandem for German speaking and German learning women with the artist Mona Ragy Enayat and Natalia Peña.
A cooperation with Frauenkultur Leipzig e. V., free of charge

Thu, 15.06.23, 6 pm: Revenge - a narratif reading.
German practice and expectations of remembrance culture usually aim at an informative reappraisal of historical facts. What if those affected do not only want to remember in a detached and controlled way? Where is there room for emotions that deviate from this category of remembering? A reading by authors of narratif magazine about fantasies of revenge and retribution. Moderation: Hazar Oghan
A cooperation with PERSPECTIVES (Urban Souls e. V.), free of charge

Sat, 17.06.23, 2 pm: Semir Alschausky
Guided tour with the artist Semir Alschausky and curator Marcus Andrew Hurttig

Wed, 21.06.23, 6-10 pm: Fête de la Musique celebrates RE-CONNECT. Art and struggle in the brotherland
Music and performance by and with Kros di Bodah, Astan KA, Binghi and Carool Kansi & Mainádes (DJ sets). Curated by Mia Gara and Miguel Cuba
Kros di Bodah is a Leipzig-based reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and Afrobeat artist from Kampala. His songs convey messages of social responsibility and love.
Astan KA is a singer, rapper and performer from Berlin. As a French-Malian artist, she considers herself a child of reconciliation. She develops a musical universe that she calls "gangsta jazz". She performs with Binghi a Rwandan singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, music producer and DJ.
A collaboration with the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum and the Institut français Leipzig, free of charge.

Wed, 28.06.23, 6 pm: Philipp Farra & Solomon Wija
Dialogue tour with the artists Philipp Farra and Solomon Wija and curator Marcus Andrew Hurttig.

JULY

Michael Touma
Michael Touma
Dean Ruddock © Johannes Ibing
Dean Ruddock © Johannes Ibing
Katharina Warda © Alena Schmick
Katharina Warda © Alena Schmick
Teresa Casanueva
Teresa Casanueva

Sat, 01.07.23, 2pm: RE-CONNECT
Guided tour in Russian with curator Olga Vostretsova

Wed, 05.07.23, 2-6 pm: blaumachen: With pen in hand - drawing, practising, reflecting
Creative-practical activity for all with Musafer Qassim, master student at the HGB, and Katrina Blach. Free of charge

Wed, 05.07.23, 6pm: Michael Touma
Dialogue tour with the artist Michael Touma and curator Marcus Andrew Hurttig. Julia Mischke interprets into German sign language. Free of charge

Tue-Thu, 11.07.-13.07.23, 10am-4pm: Who is García?
Workshop with production of a radio commentary. In the 3-day workshop for people between 14 and 19 years of age, a path through the exhibition is sought together: Can I relate to the art or the themes of the exhibition? What does it have to do with me? We will engage with the artistic works through discussions, music and writing exercises and - depending on our personal wishes - combine them with our own personal experiences.
with our own life experiences, depending on our personal wishes. From our perspectives we produce a joint radio programme. With Dean Ruddock, lyricist, Postmigrant Radio Initiative.
Registration: carolin.rothmund@leipzig.de (until 07.07.), free of charge, maximum 15 participants.

Wed, 12.07.23, 3pm: Talk to me! ...on your own tracks
Language tandem for German-speaking and German-learning women with Natalia Peña on the topics of biography and memory.
A cooperation with Frauenkultur Leipzig e. V., free of charge

Wed, 12.07.23, 6pm: Teresa Casanueva & Alina Simmelbauer
Dialogue tour with the artists Teresa Casanueva and Alina Simmelbauer and curator Marcus Andrew Hurttig. The language mediator Lynn Baltes interprets into Spanish.

Thu, 13.07.23, 6pm: MZIN BOOKS. Dark Germany
Reading with Katharina Warda about her project Dunkeldeutschland. Katharina Warda illuminates experiences of her generation in the post-reunification period and makes gaps in German historiography visible. The starting point for the project is her experience as a black East German woman after 1989/90. The author and sociologist deals, among other things, with the situation of people of colour in East Germany. Moderation: Sarah Lutzemann, founder of kohsie - the first diversity bookshop in Central Germany.
In cooperation with kohsie Diversity Bookshop, free of charge

Sun, 16.07.23, 11 am: seeing blindly
Talk about the work in the exhibition for interested people with and without visual impairment with Sebastian Schulze and Katrina Blach

Sun, 23.07.23, 11 am: Minh Duc Pham
Guided tour in dialogue with the artist Minh Duc Pham and Louise Charlotte Schmidt

Wed, 26.07.23, 6pm: ZEOK reads Spurensuche. Post-migrant perspectives on women writers in East Germany
Reading and discussion with Rudaba Badakhshi and Marcela Zuniga. The two women with migration biographies who were socialised in the GDR will read from selected literary works that open up a narrative span of exile, cultural and trade diplomacy and offer insights into their immigration stories. Marcela Zuniga and Rudaba Badakhshi have lived in different places in East Germany since the 1980s.
A cooperation with ZEOK e. V., free of charge

WORKSHOPS

what makes me strong (workshop, grades 1 - 7)
What does it mean to be strong, to feel "strong" or to show strength? How, when and through what does strength become visible? With these questions in mind, we will visit the exhibition and create artistic works from our own strong-maker scenes. Concept with Eucaris Guillen, Initiative Aktives Gestalten e. V.
2 hours, 3 € per participant

P for Power (workshop, classes 8 - 12)
Based on the works and biographies of the artists, we will explore the connections between politics and art. We will also question the extent to which politics influences our everyday lives and biographies.
our everyday lives and biographies. In this context, "power" means the power of politics as well as that of the individual. Conception with the Association for Binational Families and Partnerships e. V.
2 hours, 3 € per participant

if you don't know, now you know (workshop, grades 9 - 12)
We methodically deal with works from the archive room and RE-CONNECT #3 in small groups. In terms of content, we deal with the topics "contract workers in the GDR", "post-reunification period" and "racism", which we deal with in the form of moderated discussions. We will also discuss the chosen strategies and media of the artists, associations and initiatives.
2 hours, 3 € per participant

Further information, advice and registration:
kunstvermittlung@leipzig.de / 0341 216 999 23

PARTNERS

Frauenkultur Leipzig e. V.
Gesellschaft für Völkerverständigung e. V.
Initiative Aktives Gestalten e. V.
Institut français Leipzig
Initiative Postmigrantisches Radio (Corax e. V.)
kohsie Diversity Buchhandlung
LIAA – Love Is An Action Kollektiv
MZIN
Offenes Atelier Grünau (Urban Souls e. V.)
Perspectives (Urban Souls e. V.)
RAA Leipzig – Verein für Interkulturelle Arbeit,
Jugendhilfe und Schule e. V.
Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften e. V.
Verein der Vietnamesen Leipzig e. V.
ZEOK e. V.