Nat Gass

Crowdfunding campaign: Save Oyoun. Protect artistic freedom

Over the last days and weeks our work has changed abruptly. Instead of planning and implementing an extensive cultural programme for 2024 and 2025, we are now facing the immediate withdrawal of the €1 million in annual funding, which we need to pay our 32-strong team a salary, and the consequential closure of Oyoun.

On XNUMX November XNUMX, we only found out by chance, via the livestream of the cultural committee meeting, that Berlin's Senator for Culture Joe Chialo (CDU) was going to close Oyoun and that we would have to vacate our community space in Lucy-Lameck-Str. within five weeks.

Our request for access to the files, which was communicated directly after the committee meeting, has remained unanswered to this day and there is a fundamental rejection of constructive dialogue on the part of the Senate of Culture. However, the legal report by Myrsini Laaser (lawyer for criminal and migration law) indicates that our XNUMX-year project funding (XNUMX-XNUMX) is a binding commitment and that the funding will not expire in December XNUMX. We are confident and will defend ourselves against this arbitrary decision.

We are now dependent on your support in order to at least cope with the high legal and court fees that lie ahead of us.. You can find the entire text and the gofundme campaign here here.

Support Oyoun!

Oyoun must stay. Especially in Germany. Especially now.

Click here to sign the open letter.

As of 6 November, the Berlin Senate is taking measures to close down the cultural centre Oyoun. The reason: a “mourning and grieving” event organised by Göttingen Peace Prize winner “Jewish voice for a just peace in the Middle East” at Oyoun on 4 November. The Berlin Senate requested Oyoun to cancel the event because it would be “too politically charged”. Oyoun decided to stand in solidarity with Jewish Voice and refused, claiming subjective and arbitrary judgement by the Senate. Now Oyoun stands to lose their state funding, effectively closing its doors. Our statement can be found here

Oyoun is an award-winning, bipoc-run, cosmopolitan, intersectional arts & culture venue, and a home for queer*feminist, migrant and decolonial perspectives. Oyoun employs 32, mostly marginalised, staff and fellows. The cancellation of funding means the end of an organisation that actively contributes to Berlin's religious, cultural, ethnic and political plurality. We have therefore written an open letter, which has currently been signed by over 7000 supporters of Oyoun.

Oyoun must stay. Especially in Germany. Especially now.

You can find the open letter via the following link: https://forms.gle/b55EbzEBa6YfM8DMA

You can also find further information about this at the news section on our website.

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© Ezequiel Hyon

listening to the land

In the vast tapestry of ecological interconnectedness, our shared histories intricately intertwine across diverse geographies. They carry within them tales of complexity, resonating with the echoes of resistance and regenerative narratives. Within this intricate labyrinth, they urge us to reimagine our relationships that surround us. 

"Listening to the Land," emerges as a vessel to transport the narratives of resistance and regenerative futures across borders and oceans. It embraces creative, alternative methodologies, and forms of revolutionary rebuke against environmental degradation under ongoing colonial endeavors. Centering on queer, feminist, post-colonial, and indigenous artistic interventions, this interdisciplinary initiative creates a space for mutual learning, where submerged perspectives rise to the surface and seek transnational kinship.

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© Nat Gass

RESIDENCY CULTURAL/ CREATIVE/ RESEARCH/ SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

*please read the full offer to see who is eligible to apply*

Funded residency (3-4 months): Join our team at Oyoun, Berlin's anti-disciplinary epicenter dedicated to decolonial, migrant and queer*feminist arts and culture.
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We are looking for a new or would-be entrepreneur to join our team, bring in their ideas and further develop projects with a focus on one of these three areas:

– Resilience
– digital skills
– Green Skills

Your responsibilities include community building, event management, design research, admin work and more. You will be working closely with the founders and artistic direction team.

Start: asap but flexible
Location: Berlin

Please send your CV and cover letter to hallo(at)oyoun.de or tell a friend

As this is an EU funded program, you need to be a resident in one of the 27 European Member States (** EXCEPT GERMANY **) or the UK, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of North Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Kosovo as well as EU outermost regions and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). This means you must have been living in one of the aforementioned countries at least for the past six months. However, it is regardless of nationality or the nature of your residence permit. Moreover, students are not eligible for this residency.

We are excited to hear from you!

Apply Now!

Rongin Shagor

Finally online! After months of thinking, planning, programming and curating is www.ronginshagor.com since 13.11. officially online. The digital platform is at the center of the artistic debate of the same name about the poem “community” by the Afro-German poet and activist May Ayim, whose work also inspires and shapes our work. Based on said poem, a number of multidisciplinary artists have formulated responses in different media, which are now available on the website. At the same time, the digital platform invites you to formulate an artistic answer yourself, which either refers directly to Ayim's poem or one of the answers that have already been published and thus contributes to the artistic chain letter.

www.ronginshagor.com
Mightier Than a Trampled Flower
Illustration artwork "Ishtar and the Mightier Flowers" by Dariushka Alexander.

Mightier than a Trampled Flower

Women* in (post)war times, demystification of being a woman and queer*feminist alliances

Oyoun's second curatorial focus is a testimony for women* in wars, against marginalizing historiography. It illuminates the struggles of women* whose chronicles are interwoven with colonial history and the decolonial movement: women* in Brazil in the midst of pervasive femicide, resistance fighters* in the Algerian War of Independence, and “comfort women”, the survivors of sexual enslavement by the Imperial Japanese Army.

Numerous depictions of women* at war are symptomatic of patriarchal-colonial oppression. Mightier than a Trampled Flower deconstructs the fetishization of a "trampled flower" - broken and fragile but still pretty and soft, confronts the gender binarity in our language and reclaims womanhood in the hands of fighters.

The focus will start in April 2022 with the project AS* PAPANGUS by the Afro-Brazilian artist Bruna Amaro.

women* in (post-)war, demystifying woman*hood and queer-feminist alliance

The second curatorial focus of Oyoun is a witness to women* in wars and against the history-making that is neglectful of experiences of the marginalized. It sheds light on the struggles of women*, whose chronicles are entangled with colonialism and decolonial movements, such as: women* in Brazil facing the threat of pervasive femicide, women* resistance fighters in the Algerian War of Independence, and “comfort women” , the survivors of forced sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army.

Numerous representations of women* in wars are symptomatic of patriarchal-colonial oppression. Mightier than a Trampled Flower deconstructs the fetishization of “a trampled flower” – broken and fragile but still pretty and soft, while tackling the gender binary embedded in our language and reclaiming woman*hood in the hands of women* fighters.

The public program launches on April 30 with the project AS* PAPANGUS by the Afro-Brazilian artist Bruna Amaro.

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EVENTS

Exhibition | Land, Safety and Grief

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

The loss of land, the search for safety and the search for space to grieve. The loss of land leads to an ongoing grieving process. The need of the affected people for [...]

Recurring appointments

Workshops | Life Drawing Club

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

The Art-Expression Life-Drawing Club led by Golnar Tabibzadeh is back in Berlin! Every month Art-Expression Studios will hold at least one life drawing session in the last week of the month at Oyoun [...]

Recurring appointments

Workshops | Life Drawing Club

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

The Art-Expression Life-Drawing Club led by Golnar Tabibzadeh is back in Berlin! Every month Art-Expression Studios will hold at least one life drawing session in the last week of the month at Oyoun [...]

Recurring appointments

Workshops | Life Drawing Club

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

The Art-Expression Life-Drawing Club led by Golnar Tabibzadeh is back in Berlin! Every month Art-Expression Studios will hold at least one life drawing session in the last week of the month at Oyoun [...]

Recurring appointments

Workshops | Life Drawing Club

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

The Art-Expression Life-Drawing Club led by Golnar Tabibzadeh is back in Berlin! Every month Art-Expression Studios will hold at least one life drawing session in the last week of the month at Oyoun [...]

Network meeting | Feminist activism in platform work

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

Network meeting as part of the Law | series Work organized by the Center for Interdisciplinary Labor Law Studies (C*LLaS) at the European University Viadrina This English-language networking event offers the opportunity to share experiences and opinions [...]

Exhibition | GADAG – BEACHES

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

Exhibition with 4 screening rooms GADAG's opening program presents video works by four international artists, connecting various threads of the war experiences of marginalized women* and queer people. The videos will [...]

Festival + Lab | GADAG – TANGLE

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

Laboratory and mini-festival The laboratory is a place for shared learning and creation, an interdisciplinary center for collaboration between video artists and performance artists. Five performance artists from Berlin will be presented [...]

Panel discussion | GADAG – KNOT

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

Panel discussion "Our Bodies, Our Fight, Our History" How do we want to remember the wars? How did we fight the system? What have we done to maintain our place in [...]

Threads of memories in Seoul | GADAG – KNOT

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

Threads of Memory in Seoul How can art become a link between the marginalized around the globe? How can it be a basis for a global alliance between women* [...]

Panel | Nursing as a Profession – A Feminist Issue?

Oyoun Lucy-Lameck-Strasse 32, Berlin

Panel as part of the Law | series Work organized by the Center for Interdisciplinary Labor Law Studies (C*LLaS) at the European University Viadrina The experiences and perspectives of professional nursing staff, their working conditions [...]

 

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