re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive in Berlin

Annika Ström, Ten Embarrassed Men, 2010, Performance, Frieze Art Fair, London (c) Polly Branden

The exhibition re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive, presented at Akademie der Künste, Berlin from 22 June to 18 August 2013 features a diversity of feminist, gender-critical and queer performance art. It brings together videos and photographs, texts, manifestos and interviews by 180 artists and art collectives. Included are predominantly works from the 1960s to the early 1980s, alongside works from 2000 to today, which often reference historical pieces.

re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive focuses on works from Eastern and Western Europe, the United States and Latin America, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Its main objective is to gather works from across the continents that are rarely seen and often very difficult to get hold of. By making them accessible to the public — often for the first time — it  aims to instigate dialogue across generations and cultures. Works by iconic artists like Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović and Ana Mendieta can be viewed alongside works by lesser-known artists like Birgit Jürgenssen, Nisrine Boukhari and Mónica Meyer. New works have been added as the archive has progressed from one location to the next.

The performing archive consists of five modular crates – one cabinet for video and printed materials, and four viewing stations. Since 2011 it has travelled from Vitoria-Gasteiz via Gdańsk, Zagreb, Roskilde and Tallinn to Barcelona, and now it is heading to its final destination, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

Exhibition: 22 June – 18 August 2013
Opening: Friday, 21 June, 7 p.m.
Location: Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany

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