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"Museum TV Station" Lado Darakvhelidze *1977, Kutaisi (Georgia), lives and works in Arnhem.

Using painting, sculpture and installation, Lado Darakvhelidze traces the power relations within different hierarchical structures, such as public spaces and governmental, political or economic systems. His recent project "Museum TV Station", supported by DAI Dutch Art Institute, consists of a mapping of visual artists that investigate particular nexuses all over the world. Using raw material from his recent fanzine "Museum TV Station Guide", he prepares a site-specific installation with posters that introduce an extensive research about artists disclosing controversial and politically charged information. Above the entrance of Kurdistan e.V., there is a huge sign showing the new temporary function of the center: “Museum TV Station”. This idea is based on the belief that the museum should come to the people, not the people to the museum. In the context of a classroom for immigrants at Kurdistan e.V., clients, guests and visitors can explore critical forms of media coverage on the local interior.

The publication, supported by DAI Dutch Art Institute, also features Lidwien van de Ven, Carlos Motta, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Ad van Denderen, Haejun Jo& Dongwhan Jo, Marko Peljhan, Rob Hornstra& Arnold van Bruggen, Mounira al Solh, Delphine Bredel, Annette Krauss& Petra Bauer.

"Integrational Aesthetics" Paul Sochacki *1983, Cracow (Poland), lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin.

In his work, Paul Sochacki juxtaposes different substantial mediums such as painting, performance, architecture, sculpture, film or social service into an intellectually appealing critical collage. Analyzing communication and ethical values, the artist proposes ideas to improve the people’s quality of life. "Integrational Aesthetics" offers a metacultural training for foreign artists and curators working in Berlin Kreuzberg. The ever increasing influx of cultural producers migrating to Berlin has not only changed the urban environment of the city dramatically but also presents us with a new potential for cultural integration. With the help of open discussions, bodyworkouts and language courses, the participants acquire incentive to develop themselves within their new environment.

About Kurdistan e.V: Kurdistan e.V. was founded 36 years ago for the sake of keeping up the Kurdish language and culture, as well as to open a place for intercultural exchange. Since then it has grown to be an international cultural center to support people with migratory background to feel at home in Berlin Kreuzberg and to improve their social and legal situation. The majority of the people who attend language courses, consultations or the various social activities, workshops and projects comes from Turkey, USA, Peru, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine and Cameroon. Today Kurdistan e.V. has visitors and guests from all over the world getting professional support for residence permits and substantial needs like finding a flat, bureaucratic translations or learning to speak German – depending on the specific concerns and needs they have through their individual history. Besides that, another very important aspect is the centers’ engagement to bring Berlin’s cultural landscape closer to its guests. Regularly diverse activities are offered like visits to local museums, concerts and other cultural events.

Veranstalter: BERLIN KREUZBERG BIENNALE Ayran & Yoga - 1st Berlin Kreuzberg Biennial for Contemporary Art A walkaround Berlin Kreuzberg featuring circa 40 different works by participating artists, positioned at mapped-out locations in the landscape of Berlin Kreuzberg.

Venue: Kurdistan Kultur- und Hilfsverein e.V. Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44 a 10999 Berlin

With special thanks to: Fevzi Aktas, Azra Gül, Alida Müschen, Malte Urbschat, Anne Vogelpohl, the staff and all guests of KKH e.V.

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Berlin Kreuzberg Biennale:

Lado Darakvhelidze, Paul Sochacki
Kuratorin: Ulrike Gerhardt
Ort: Kurdistan Kultur- und Hilfsverein e.V., Berlin