Our Work

Oyoun conceives, develops and implements artistic-cultural projects through decolonial, queer * feminist and migrant perspectives.

Here you can find an overview of our selected projects.

Simple: This is the main image of the “Gadag 가닥” project. This is an image with lots of colors and patterns that looks a bit like a colorful map. There are yellow and orange spots at the top that look like a map. In the middle there is a red field with many lines that look like leaf veins. Below the image is purple and has a few brown spots. It looks like the colors and patterns are layered on top of each other. Plain language: This is the main image of the project "Gadag 가닥". This is a picture with lots of colors and patterns that look a bit like a colorful map. At the top there are yellow and orange spots that look like a map. In the middle, there is a red field with many lines that look like leaf veins. At the bottom, the image is purple with some brown spots. It looks as if the colors and patterns overlap each other.

Gadag

In the project 가닥 Gadag, we comb through threads of war memories – of women, of queer and marginalized bodies, and interweave them into a tapestry of collective memory. In the 가닥 Gadag project, we comb through threads of war memories – of women, of queer and marginalized bodies – and weave them into a tapestry of collective memory.

Threads of Resilience

With the collectively curated three-day festival “Threads of Resilience,” we want to reflect on and learn from movements of resistance, resilience and solidarity around the world, and we want to come together for three days of impermanence and communal archiving. We want to speak out against oppression, silence, instrumentalization and division and raise our voices.

Tiny Oyounity

Oyoun's Tiny House is going on tour! Between the end of August and mid-October, our Tiny House wanders through various Berlin districts. For one week we stop at different cultural locations and institutions and interact with the surrounding urban space, the neighborhood and the local partners.

Listening to the Land

“Listening to the Land” unfolds as a medium to transport the narratives of resistance and a regenerative future across borders and oceans. It encompasses creative, alternative methods and forms of revolutionary rebellion against the environmental degradation of ongoing colonial endeavours. Focusing on queer, feminist, postcolonial and indigenous artistic interventions, this interdisciplinary initiative creates a space for mutual learning, where hidden perspectives surface and transnational kinship is sought.

MOUDJAHIDATE*

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Algeria's independence from France, “Moudjahidate* - women*, resistance, queer alliance” honours the commitment of women* fighters in the struggle for freedom and autonomy for their people and themselves. The exhibition creates a space for all women* who contributed to liberating land with their bodies, minds and power.

Curators* LAB 2022

SOUP3

After our “Open Call” on the SOUP3 project a few weeks ago, numerous activists and artists from the neighborhood applied with their great ideas. Three selected project groups want to tell you their ideas over a cup of soup!

AUTOPOIESIS

AUTOPOIESIS explores the nuances of autobiographical art practices that have their roots in the contrasting locations of South Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. The focus is on the pluralistic shaping of the future by dissolving the boundaries between self and other as well as the Buddhist philosophy of non-duality.

rongin shagor / রঙিন সাগর

Based on a poem by Afro-German poet May Ayim, Oyoun's new artistic intervention "rongin shagor" reflects on cultures of remembrance by exploring the reflective and generative threads of cultural formations that lie in the senses of the oppressed body...

Becoming Alman

Physical artefacts, mixed media and performance - in this artistic field of tension, the Bulgarian artist Lora Krasteva invites you to a performative exhibition with "Becoming Alman", which revolves around the topic of citizenship.

UN:IMAGINABLE – OUR HISTORIES IN CONVERSATION

AS* PAPANGUS

AS* PAPANGUS critically engages with the colonial structure of carnival, vigilantly confronting the oppressive gaze and not allowing the exploitation of queer, racialized, women's*, disabled and structurally oppressed bodies.
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Mightier than a Trampled Flower

Mightier than a Trampled Flower is a testimony for women* in wars against marginalizing historiography.

We should all be dreaming

WE SHOULD ALL BE DREAMING is a concept that focuses on the radical potential of dreaming as a restorative and subversive practice. Activists Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim invited participants to spend time together, to listen and dream together.

Fugitive Archives

Fugitive Archives explores questions about alternative media and ontologies of queer archives that challenge the dominant narratives of BiPOC queer stories.

Embodied Temporalities - On Tour

Escapism Main Image Landscape

ESCAPISM

With ESCAPISM, Oyoun opened a platform for an artistic and sociocritical experiment, connecting virtual and physical space through digital interaction and affective learning.

THE PATH

The Oyoun was part of the interdisciplinary art project “The PATH”, which problematized the relationship between metropolis and individual from a queer and feminist perspective.
CURATORS * LAB

Tour 2021

We invited our curators * to create group work with one another, starting from the bold assumption that there are common, overlapping areas of interest that can take on a new form when worked on by a collective rather than by individuals.
Curatorial focus

Embodied temporalities

Curators, artists and cultural workers deal with identities, belonging and embodied memories from diasporic, decolonial and queer perspectives. A research, archiving, exhibition and performance project that involves over 40 people.
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a'21 Techno Utopia x Post-Digital Ignorance

The two-month festival brings together over 60 artists and activists from North and West Africa, West Asia and Germany in a decentralized, networked and radically collaborative space on the subject of post-digital ignorance.
Lockdown residency

"What does self-care mean to you?"

"What does self-care mean to you?" - we asked the artists and cultural workers of the Oyoun Curators* Lab - and thus brought the Lockdown Residency to life.
FESTIVAL

Cartographies of Affect - in the queer & now

A liturgy of art and the medium, an intense and anti-disciplinary journey through queer migration, including a Bukhurr and Chikhat performance by trans, queer and non-binary people practicing indigenous rituals while telling their stories.
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Open Call

#OccupyOyoun

An open call for concept ideas during the first lockdown to create and implement new formats that make it possible to support artists and make art and culture (beyond the live stream) accessible - even in the independence of physical spaces.