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Threads of Resilience | Reading + Talk | HUMAN, ANIMAL – with Poet Ghayath Almadhoun, moderated by Lana Bastašić

15.Dezember 2023 18:00 - 19:15

Organised by Lana Bastašić

HUMAN, ANIMAL: Reading and Conversation with Poet Ghayath Almadhoun 
Moderation: Lana Bastašić

Do wars ever truly end? What trace do they leave in language? How does the experience of exile form our sense of self? Whose Other are we and how can we escape its narrow confinement?

After the cancelation of the release event of a poetry anthology he curated and edited for Haus für Poesie, the Palestinian-Syrian-Swedish poet Ghayath Almadhoun has found himself in a country where an important part of his identity has been marked as dangerous, less worthy, and politically incorrect. In contrast to this systemic policy of dehumanization, Ghayath's powerful poetic voice aims to find both beauty and pain in the fragile, wounded humanity that connects us all, regardless of the heavy weight of identity that history leaves on our shoulders.

Join us this Friday, December 15th, for a conversation between Ghayath Almadhoun and his friend, Bosnian writer Lana Bastašić

Tickets: Donation-based | First come, first served
Language: English
Room: Club, Souterrain


Ghayath Almadhoun (Poet)

Ghayath Almadhoun is a Palestinian poet born in Damascus, Syria, and emigrated to Sweden in 2008. Now he lives in between Berlin & Stockholm.

He has published four poetry collections in Arabic and has been translated into over 20 languages. Almadhoun collaborated with other poets and artists, and his poetry has been part of work by US artist Jenny Holzer, German musician Blixa Bargeld, and others.


Photo credit: Jef Van Eynde

Lana Bastašić (Moderation)

Lana Bastašić is a Yugoslav-born writer. Her first novel, Catch the Rabbit, won the European Union Prize in 2020 and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Her last book is a collection of short stories, Milk Teeth. Bastašić is the current DAAD Writer in Residence in Berlin. 


Photo credit: Maša Seničić


This event is part of the Threads of Resilience Festival

Given the current situation and urgency to express, we decided to co-organise a community-led and collectively curated 3-day festival “Threads of Resilience” from 14-16 December at Oyoun.Those include a press conference, bazaar, panels, film screening, talks, exhibition, workshops, concerts, healing session, theater, puppet show for children, and parties. With this festival, we want to reflect on and learn from movements of resistance, resilience, and solidarity across the world and come together for three days of ephemerality and collaborative archiving. We want to address and speak out against repression, silencing, instrumentalisation, and division. We need to continue to empower, promote, and celebrate pluralistic perspectives from, with, and intersectionally marginalised communities.Admission is based on free donation (nobody will be denied entry if they cannot donate). All proceeds will be given to organizations in support of victims of racist police violence and to organizations giving legal support to people threatened with deportation.


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15.Dezember 2023
18:00 - 19:15
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