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Press Release: PARCELLA Series #6
Skupturenpark Berlin_Zentrum presents:

Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri

We Draw Our Hope On Berlin, 2007

Screening Event: 8:30pm ‚ Thursday, August 30

Workshop: 1:00pm ‚ Saturday, September 1

For the sixth exhibition in Parcella, a German-Hungarian culture initiative, Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri will project the current struggle against the separation-wall being built in occupied Palestine onto the location of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. Their project entails transferring signs from the existing wall in Palestine, and historical signs opposing the Berlin Wall onto this site which formerly divided the East and West. In so doing, they present the public with a provocative question: How should their experience of and opposition to the wall dividing East and West Berlin transfer to the divisions in Palestine?

In conjunction with their intervention on the park, the artists will organize a screening of videos related to their trips in Israel and occupied Palestine. They will also organize a one-day workshop which will attempt to contextualize the wall in Palestine and offer a space for public discussion. The final part of the workshop will invite participants to join the artists in drawing and placing different signs in the Skulpturenpark.



Video Screening
When: 8:30pm - Thursday August 30, 2007
Where: Haus Ungarn, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 9
What: In 2006, the artists took 16 trips in occupied Palestine and Israel. Their chosen destinations came from research and from discussions with a variety of Palestinian and Israeli academics, activists, and artists. Their intent was to use each trip as a kind of impetus for a set of events and conversations. What has resulted is a series of videos which present a compelling collection of specific situations/case studies. For this event, the artists will screen for the first time an entire program of videos based on those trips. Together they form a very strong proposal for an alternative to conventional media attempts to capture or represent the situation in Palestine/Israel.

When: 1:00pm – Saturday September 1, 2007
Where: Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, Kommandantenstrasse 22, 3rd floor
What: For this event, the artists will conduct a seminar which will further contextualize the videos presented on Thursday. The workshop will offer an opportunity to watch excerpts from those videos as well as additional footage. Moreover, it will give participants an opportunity to ask questions and have a discussion about the situation. In the second part of Saturday’s workshop, the artists along with the participants will create signs and banners which will then be placed in the area surrounding Skulturenpark. The hope and the premise of this overlay is that the wall should come down. The artists draw their hope from and on Berlin.

The workshop is an opportunity to learn and share thoughts and is intended to be free and open to the public. Weather permitting, the artists plan to organize a meal or barbecue in the evening.

Adminstrative Note
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Ayreen Anastasís and Rene Gabriís project was also made possible by Liminal Spaces, a program which brought together artists, activists, and thinkers from Palestine, Israel, and Europe to address the injustices caused by the occupation.

The Parcella series is a cooperative project by KUNSTrePUBLIK, e.V. with Lumen Foundation, Budapest. Parcella is supported by Bipolar, a German–Hungarian cultural cooperation. Bipolar is an Initiative of the Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes).

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