Oyoun creates space for critical discussion, reflective collaborative experimentation and solidarity. We focus on anti-colonial, class-critical, neurodiverse, inclusive, empowering, queer and racism-critical perspectives.
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Tiny Oyounity TourWe were on tour with our tiny house from the end of August to mid-October. As part of the curatorial focus "Tiny OyoUnity", an interdisciplinary program took place at five cultural sites in different districts of Berlin. In addition to workshops on podcasting, photography and mixtaping, carried out by Hamam Talk, Maurice Leoni-Osion and Queer Analog Darkroom, pop-up events (exhibitions, performances) took place in which the neighborhood and visitors met with the artists *were able to exchange ideas.
DEMO: ELECTRIC READSThe "Electric Lies" residency artists Camilla Therese Karlsen, Elisabeth Heilmann Blind, Lars Henrik Blind, Marika Renhuvud, Liv Aira, Luis Bogado and Asta Mitkijá Balto were in Berlin in October (2023) and were guests at Oyoun. They examined the impact of forcing indigenous communities to abandon their traditional way of life to pave the way for modern energy production for the masses.
Workshop: Harvesting ResilienceAs part of our curatorial focus Listening to the Land and the associated outdoor program “Sea Behind the Wall”, curator Zeren Oruc, together with herbalist and horticulturist Lea Nassim Tajbakhsh, is hosting a series of workshops on the topics of foraging in September and October 2023. and guerrilla gardening.
UNIMAGINABLE IN SARAJEVOUN:IMAGINABLE - Our Histories in Conversation is on the road again. After premiering in Oyoun, Berlin in May 2022 and being performed at the Genocide Memorial Kigali in July 2022 as part of the Ubumuntu Arts Festival, the transnational documentary music theater now continues its journey in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. It will be presented there in the form of a film screening, accompanied by a discourse program. Melina Borčak is responsible for curating them.
AHMAD BABA: OUR QUEER FUTURE IS A PAST TENSEAfter his intimate performance and an impressive exhibition on the first floor in early May, we are happy to share some photographic impressions of Ahmad Baba's work Our Queer future is a past tense. "Our Queer future is a past tense" was an installative performance based on a post-migrant perspective on queerness in relation to Arab* identity(ies).
MOUDJAHIDATE* - aftertasteAlmost six months have passed since the opening of the exhibition "Moudjahidate* - women*, resistance, queer alliance" curated by Oyoun and the accompanying six-day discourse program "Maghreb*alike". With this video we look back on the numerous inspiring conversations and events that we were able to experience with you in this context.
Workshop: Mightier than a trampled flowerAs part of our curatorial focus MIGHTIER THAN A TRAMPLED FLOWER two workshops were held in the spring and late summer of 2022 with a small group of artists, curators and researchers. Participants were Yukiko Nagakura, Nadja Makhlouf, Margo Okazawa-Rey, Bruna Amaro and the curator Dami Choi for the facilitation. As a space to align, exchange and think together, these online workshops posed and probed a set of questions which weave the practices and the realities that the Curatorial Focus dwells on.
rongin shagor/রঙিন সাগর – Pop-up exhibition for an eveningFor one evening, on November 13.11th, there was the opportunity to experience the works of the participating artists from "rongin shagor/রঙিন সাগর" in physical form. For those of you who didn't make it to the pop-up exhibition, we would like to show a selection of images to give you an idea of the artworks.
Website launch – RONGIN SHAGOROn Sunday, November 13.11.2022th, XNUMX, we finally celebrated the launch of the Rongin Shagor website together with all the artists and you. The works of the participating artists, which can currently be admired on the Rongin Shagor website - www.ronginshagor.com - were exhibited in person and made tangible.
OPENING – MOUDJAHIDATE* – WOMEN*, RESISTANCE, QUEER ALLIANCEOn November 1st, the day the Algerian War of Independence began 60 years ago, the artists from "Moudjahidate* - women*, resistance, queer alliance" presented their powerful works. With the photos of the vernissage we look back on an evening with many impressions and interesting conversations.
MOUDJAHIDATE*Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Algeria's independence from France, "Moudjahidate* - women*, resistance, queer alliance" honors the commitment of female fighters* in the struggle for freedom and autonomy for their people and themselves. The exhibition creates a space for everyone Women* who have contributed to the liberation of the country with their bodies, minds and strength.
Embodied Temporalities Birmingham - An aftertasteThe first tour stop of Embodied Temporalities – Tracing the memories our bodies hold European tour was at the Shout Festival, Birmingham's annual queer arts and culture festival. Here are some photos and an audiovisual recap of the days in Birmingham.
Embodied Arts Festival—Behind the StreamsAfter tour stops in Birmingham, Prague and Lesvos, the Embodied Temporalities project and subsequent tour came to an end in May 2022. As part of various clips, we will review the intensive events over the next few weeks. Let's start with an intensive behind the stream of the Embodied Arts Festival!
AUTOPOIESIS – Curatorial introduction with Shaunak MahbubaniDuring the opening week of AUTOPOIESIS in August 2022 and as part of the opening program, curator Shaunak Mahbubani shared some thoughts on the exhibition, which after several weeks in Berlin has traveled on to Kassel, Mexico City, Guatemala City and New Delhi. In this post, we present you with a recording of Shaunak Mahbubani's speech.
Autopoiesis - An aftertasteAn eventful opening week for AUTOPOIESIS is behind us. We read together with Rajyashri Goody and danced to the Fadescha and MORENXXX DJ sets. Dhrubo Jyoti, Shaunak Mahbubani and Eli Moon discussed and lectured in the garden while Jesús Hilario-Reyes and Exael performed under a dense carpet of strobe lights. Check out the event photos here!
Summer of Culture Berlin in the OyounVincent Bababoutilabo and his music project Rosa Shakur as well as the art collective “Ministry for Compassion” were guests at the Oyoun in July as part of the current Kultursommer Berlin initiative funded by the Senate. In this article we present you the associated photo and video documentation.
We Should All Be Dreaming (video feature)After we were able to share photos from the evening of "We Should All Be Dreaming" a few weeks ago, here is an audiovisual moving image echo in which the two performers Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim take us back to dreamy parallel worlds for a few minutes kidnap
Queer ping pongHand on the trowel and on the heart - in mid-July, the Queer Ping Pong team finally opened the table tennis tables in the Oyoun, set up the DJ booth and asked a more than suitable live act for the evening on the garden stage with Gazino Neukölln. Check out the pictures from the event here!
OYOUN IN KIGALIThis year's edition of the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali is over and those who were there were able to see the premiere of Asmaa Sbou & Senait Sebhatleab's performance "I see you - you see me". The work of the two Curator*s LAB 2021 alumni is a powerful piece about healing, love and the memories of Black and Afro-Diasporic bodies.
AS* PAPANGUS in BerlinAfter the Afro-Brazilian artist Bruna Amaro had already organized a carnival in its most queer*feminist and decolonial form with more than 50 women* in São Paulo, she and seven Berliners marched through the streets of Neukölln almost a month later to protest against the to fight against the objectification of marginalized bodies.
Un:imaginable – aftertasteWith the premiere of the Rwandan-Bosnian-German production UN:IMAGINABLE and the associated supporting program at the end of May, an eventful weekend is behind us. For those who couldn't be there, you can find some photographic impressions and an aftermovie of the events here.
(De)coding Trajectories Ceremony(De)Coding Trajectories will be a performance research process taking place in Prague. Artists Ahmad BaBa and Gugulethu Duma invite practitioners concerned with decoding and recoding embodied memory to enter into an exchange where the body is a center of ongoing investigation.For this residency, the artists are looking to collaborate with practitioners concerned with Subaltern states of being and the development of liberatory practice in community.
Hookah bars are safe spacesWe commemorate all victims of racist violence. In particular, we would like to remember the victims of Hanau - who were attacked in their "safe spaces" and murdered in cold blood. Germany is not always safe for marginalized people, so they need special protection. Some of the victims of Hanau were racistly killed in a shisha bar. Their only escape route was blocked. On the instructions of the police "to facilitate raids".
Dutch Culture X OyounLouna Sbou, co-founder of Oyoun, was a guest at "Artists in Conversation" hosted by Rokhaya Seck, a series by DutchCulture from the Netherlands. She spoke about artistic freedom and the related challenges in the German cultural sector, the artistic creation in Morocco, the process of healing black and brown bodies and our project "Embodied Temporalities - Tracing the memories our bodies hold".
Amber Festival exhibitionOyoun produced the a`21 festival, a project that artistically reflects on technological developments and socio-political / power-critical discourses. 69 artists in 16 countries (Africa / Swana / Europe / Asia) as well as a radical collaborative-experimental LAB were involved. The result was a total of over 50 events: performances, workshops, panels, screenings, VR hackathons, and much more. Here you can see the results from the festival.
Listening to green grassA sound installation in which Barbara Ramirez, Susana A. Majid, Alexey Kochetkov and Mohamedali Ltaief experiment together with materials from different perspectives, languages and sound knowledge by using data and media from different archives, narratives, texts and simple sounds of the streets and the Use the current environment as well as transform visual material into text and tell.
A Skeleton of What Used to BeNané and GodXXX Noirphiles are both audio and visual artists whose work thrives in the arena of public shared space. We explore distortion through turning a video call into a performance, the performance into a video call, creating a synchronized shared environment while existing in separate spaces, and simultaneously not being present when the launch is over and the space remains.
All that you touch you change, all that you change changes you with Suelen Calonga I Ancestral Body Noise 2In this podcast episode, Dumama and Suelen explore the anti-racism work forming the core of Suelen Calonga's poetic, audio-visual archival process. Dumama and Suelen have a reflective and heartwarming conversation about the Ancestral Body Noise process over the weeks, getting to know Suelen's candomble roots.
Pushing paper, pushing spirit with Sailesh Nadu I Ancestral Body Noise 2In this OyoUniverse podcast episode, Dumama and Sailesh have a conversation, unraveling thoughts and experiences concerning the Ancestral Body Noise process, Sailesh's tarot practice and the psycho-spiritual exploration of the dream world.
Sent here to be sentient with Indrani Ashe I Ancestral Body Noise 2In this week's episode of Ancestral Body Noise, dumama is in conversation with Indrani Ashe (@theshadowarchivist). Together they go on a reflexive journey unpacking Indrani's interdisciplinary works: my goddess gave birth to a goddess, yoga without adriene and her relationship with ritual, ancestry and migration.
Liberation and the universal cry, sis with Yin Cheng-KokkotYin Cheng Kokott and Dumama go on a deep journey exploring voice and the ancestral symbolism at play as she re-discovers her relationship with voice and voicelessness. Yin shares a tender process and reflection calling her late grandma to her Ancestral Body Noise journey, along with all the sounds she has inherited from her.
On global inequalities and the public impact of art. A talk with Alexey Kochetkov
In this OyoUniverse episode, we talk to Alexey Kochetkov about the socio-economic discrepancies in the globalized world and his emotional experience of the endless wars going on across the world, as well as about the social impact of art and the power of social media.