With An Overture of Grief and Joy, the Kunstverein Braunschweig invites the public to a discursive program to examine and reflect on the unresolved crises and conflicts that characterize our present through the lenses of art.
An Overture of Grief and Joy explores states of exhaustion, search for belonging, resistance, perplexity, as well as grief and joy, and intertwines various temporal references. In this way, historical continuities of martial and racist violence, exploitation and marginalization, and survival in discriminatory structures are collectively addressed.
The experimental format, consisting of film screenings and artistic interventions, is divided into three phases, each accompanied by a conversation.
In December, German filmmaker Ute Adamczewski and Ukrainian artist Dana Kavelina present with their contributions the built environment as a carrier of trauma and memory. Adamczewski devotes her attention to sites of violence in the early phase of National Socialism and explores how we relate to them today. Kavelina traces the role of monuments in Ukraine in the presence of Russian aggression.
Thursday, December 15, 2022, 6 pm: Conversation with Ute Adamczewski
In January, artist Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo and American dancer and choreographer Ligia Lewis, in their cinematic contributions, address the inequalities and discriminations against Black and Brown bodies, which also unfold their dynamics in health crises such as pandemics.
Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 6 pm: Conversation with Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo
In February, the focus is on the textile works of Chilean artist Marcela Moraga, which artistically reflect on neocolonial exploitation in South America and indigenous resistance.
Thursday, February 16, 2023, 6 pm: Conversation with Marcela Moraga
The sound work of Swiss artist Nina Emge accompanies the program throughout its duration. A newly developed neon work by Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo will also be on view for the first time.
Ute Adamczewski (DE), Christa Joo Hyun D'Angelo (US), Nina Emge (CH), Dana Kavelina (UA), Legia Lewis (US), Marcela Moraga (CL).
Nuno de Brito Rocha, Benedikt Johannes Seerieder