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Publications

The Bones of the World

The slow opening of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art began in September 2019 with exp. 1: The Bones of the World and has unfolded as a process through a series of four lived experiences including exp. 2, exp. 3, and an epilogue titled The Crack Begins Within. The Bones of the World was a space open to the diverse experiences that we brought with us, but also to those occurring around us, outside our comfort zones, at that very moment. This publication gathers the collected stories that made up the exhibition exp.1: The Bones of the World and reflects on what that initial starting point of the 11th Berlin Biennale means today after the surge of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published by the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2020
With works and contributions by: Marwa Arsanios, Amanda Mel Baggs, Felix Brüggemann, Flávio de Carvalho, Colectivo de Serigrafía Instantánea, Léo Corrêa, Die Remise (Ali Akyol, Jacqueline Aslan, Stefan Bast, Muriel Biedrzycki, Julia Brunner, Fatma Cakmak, Stefan Endewardt, Tobi Euler, Melina Gerstemann, Ayşe Güleç, Juanita Kellner, Angelika Levi, Carmen Mörsch, Shanti Suki Osman, Ayse Preissing, Markus Schega, Miriam Schickler, Aylin Turgay, and pupils from the Nürtingen and Heinrich-Zille elementary schools, with Çiçek Bacık, Aïcha Diallo, Saraya Gomis, Kotti-Shop, Annika Niemann, Tuğba Tanyılmaz), Feminist Health Care Research Group (Inga Zimprich/Julia Bonn), Andrés Fernández, Florian Gass, Till Gathmann, Mauricio Gatti, Eiko Grimberg, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Âlut Kangermio, Mapa Teatro, Virginia de Medeiros, Marcelo Moreschi, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Mirja Reuter, Teatro da Vertigem, Teo, Cecilia Vicuña, Osías Yanov, and more
With an essay by Agustín Pérez Rubio and afterthoughts by María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio
Graphic design: Till Gathmann
Distributor: Vice Versa Art Books
16 × 24 cm, 64 pages, softcover

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Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende in Berlin. 1974 1982 2020

Fragments of the different lives that came together on what is today known as the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA) [Museum of Solidarity Salvador Allende] have passed through the city of Berlin on at least three separate occasions. These include the artists who made the folder of prints El pueblo tine arte con Allende [The People Have Art with Allende] that circulated in Berlin after being reprinted by Fabrik K14 (Oberhausen) in 1974 and the works by Latin American artists exhibited in Künstler aus Lateinamerika [Artists from Latin America] at daadgalerie in 1982. Now material from both instances come together with selected works from the collection of the MSSA to form part of the presentation of the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende at the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.

Published by the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, 2020
Graphic design: Till Gathmann
With texts by María Berríos and Melanie Roumiguière
Materials by the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA) and from the daadgalerie’s archive
14.7 × 21 cm, 32 pages
Available for free at all venues and for download

Guidebook: The Crack Begins Within – 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

The slow opening of the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art began in September 2019, and since then it has been exploring the many cracks we carry, the fissures that keep us apart and those that bring us together. As the epilogue of the biennial The Crack Begins Within calls out the fallacy of claiming for oneself the destruction of the old and the birthing of the new, refloated so many times by the white fathers as a new scaffolding to secure the continuity of their decaying structures. This is the violence that surrounds us, and that we are part of. The Crack Begins Within comprises the overlapping experiences of the artworks gathered here, breathing together, touching and moving one another. It is a testament to the powerful collective stories they tell, the work they do, and the things they shatter.

With texts by: Alfredo Aracil, Amelia Bande, María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein, Joselina Cruz, Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, Michèle Faguet, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Stefan Govaart, Lisette Lagnado, Beatriz Lemos, Cocoy Lumbao, Christine Meisner, Marcelo Moreschi, Lucrecia Palacios, Agustín Pérez Rubio, Florencia Portocarrero, Ana Teixeira Pinto, The Black Mamba – Natasha Mendonca & Suman Sridhar, Vanina Saracino, Laura Schleussner

Published by the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2020
Graphic design: Till Gathmann
Distributor: Vice Versa Art Books
14.6 × 23 cm, 202 pages, 138 color images, softcover
Price: 7 €

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Flávio de Carvalho: Experience no. 2, Performed on a Corpus Christi Procession. A Possible Theory and an Experiment

What kind of beast is a crowd? How does a pulsating collective body press against those within, outside, or underneath it? In what way are the powers of dissident bodies being incited today? These questions are at the core of Flávio de Carvalho’s experiment in publicly disregarding religious norms. What was Flávio de Carvalho looking for in 1931 on the streets of São Paulo when he decided to walk through the crowd of a Corpus Christi procession without removing his hat? This simple gesture generated outrage and violent reactions among the audience watching the procession—and almost led to the artist being lynched by an angry mob. Carvalho’s decision to flaunt his irreverence before a group of fervent followers was sparked by the artist’s deep interest in Sigmund Freud and mass psychology. Almost a century later, his account of his interactions with the crowd, Experiência no. 2realisada sobre uma procissão de Corpus Christi [Experience no. 2, Performed on a Corpus Christi Procession], speaks to the spread of fear and hate inherent to the rise of nationalism and fanaticism all over the world.

Published by the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2020
With an essay by Lisette Lagnado
Graphic design: Till Gathmann
Distributor: Vice Versa Art Books
14.6 × 23 cm, 64 pages, softcover

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Mauricio Gatti: In the Jungle There Is Much to Do

En la selva hay mucho por hacer [In the Jungle There Is Much to Do] is the story of a group of animals trapped by a hunter and locked up in the city zoo. Missing their little ones and their jungle home they begin to plot their escape. It is an anarchist fable and a coloring book for all ages. Mauricio Gatti, imprisoned in 1971 for his activities as a member of an anarchist resistance movement in Uruguay, initially produced these drawings and lines of verse as letters to his then three-year-old daughter Paula—to communicate why he was behind bars, separated from her. Applying anarchist pedagogic principles, the combination of text and images offers a portrayal of the injustice of prison that engages sensitive young humans on their own terms. These materials were compiled into a book and published by the anarchist commune Comunidad del Sur in 1971, after Gatti’s release. Making an English translation of Mauricio Gatti’s work available for the first time, the book is part of a series of publications produced by the 11th Berlin Biennale.

Published by the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2019
With an essay by María Berríos
Graphic design: Till Gathmann
Distributor: Vice Versa Art Books
16 × 24 cm, 44 pages, Softcover

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Special coloring book version available for download

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