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© 2018 by Patricia Sandonis

BCMA, Berlin





8-22 June 2019, Berlin

Das Kiez Monument is a multidisciplinary art installation featuring painting and sculpture with a focus on collective memory and participation. It aims to propose alternative ways of representing memory in the public space.

The exhibition takes place in Centrum in Neukölln and for the central piece, the neighbours in the surrounding area got to decide about the content and execution, tackling the underlying question: how do they want to be remembered in the future? In short, this project wants to give a voice to the people who usually don't have a say when it comes to writing (their own) history.

The Flughafenkiez in Neukölln is a very cosmopolitan neighbourhood and especially since the economic crisis started in 2008, it became a meeting point for people from many different cultures and backgrounds who settled in this neighbourhood. Thus, this project aims to highlight the complexities of the Reuterstraße and its surroundings (history, population, languages…) and explores alternative ways of capturing it.

In Patricia's own words: "with this project I want to come to terms with the current debate around collective memory and how we represent it today in the form of monuments or public sculptures. I am particularly interested in the democratic potential of monuments, namely by having the people participate in the conception and production of said monument. I want to call people's attention to the fact that we need more involvement and decision making from citizens when it comes to representing their memory or lives in the public space".

Finally, this project is also intended as an "ecological" work of art which reflects on the materiality of our surroundings today, suggesting the ruins of our times.

Text: Aurica Kastner

Woran erinnern wir uns und wie? Wie formen die unterschiedlichen Sinne ein persönliches und ein kollektives Gedächtnis?

Der Teufelsberg, einer von über zehn Trümmerbergen in Berlin wird zum Ausgangspunkt für eine sozialgeschichtliche und künstlerische Auseinandersetzung mit den Themen Zerstörung, Erinnerung, Hoffnung und Identität. Jugendliche mit und ohne Fluchtgeschichte stellen sich an Hand von Trümmerfundstücken gemeinsam mit Künstler*innen Fragen nach Erinnerung.
Geschichten und Schichten wurden gesucht, abgetragen, in eine persönliche Auseinandersetzung gebracht und inszeniert. Die Ausstellung Archivraum Teufelsberg Opera führt die Ergebnisse zusammen. Das versteckte Geschichtslabor, unter Gras und Sand, wird durch Video, Performance, Sound, Malerei, Installation und Fotografie begeh- und erfahrbar gemacht.

Text: Sabeth Kerkhoff and Milena Kopper