Displayed Words – Displaced
With Texts by Don Mee Choi, Athena Farrokhzad, Volha Hapeyeva, Quinn Latimer, Rike Scheffler, Yasmine Seale, Hajra Waheed
December 15, 2022 - April 16, 2023
Friday, 13 Jan 2023
With an introduction by Fabian Schöneich and a reading by Volha Hapeyeva.
Klosterruine presents the program Displayed Words – Displaced in collaboration with CCA Berlin and the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program during the winter months. As in the previous exhibition series Unfinished Histories, an LED installation will be installed on the inner space of the Klosterruine.
Displayed Words – Displaced is an experimentation in thinking with language, text, and poetics through digital formats. Who and what defines the space through which words are printed and made legible? How does the perception of written language change from one medium to another?
Displayed Words – Displaced plays with the perception of text and its manifold displays; it also poses questions pertaining to contexts within which literature, poetry and language can be perceived or understood. Finally, it asks how literature and language are mediated, and in which language dominant meanings and literary works are conveyed in a ‘multicultural’ city like Berlin. What about languages considered minoritarian that one hears across the city through everyday encounters, such as Turkish, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian?
During the winter months, various textual fragments in different languages will be presented through a digital panel display installed in Berlin’s Klosterruine. Additionally, readings will be staged on-site and at CCA Berlin as a means to introduce the texts’ authors to Berlin audiences. Finally, a digital platform will be developed in order to present the texts simultaneously as they’re being displayed at the Klosterruine, towards establishing a long-term digital literature platform: displayedwords.org
Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, project funds from Draussenstadt and the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.
Fabian Schöneich is the founder and director of CCA Berlin – Center for Contemporary Arts. He was curator of Portikus in Frankfurt (2014–18) and worked as an assistant curator at Kunsthalle Basel and Kunstinstituut Melly (formerly known as Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art) in Rotterdam. Schöneich is the editor of numerous publications and monographs.
Volha Hapeyeva, born in Minsk, Belarus (1982), is a poet, author, translator, and holds a PhD in linguistics. She has received numerous prizes and awards for her work. In Germany, she was a fellow of the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung (2009) and a guest author at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (2018), among others. In Austria, she was artist-in-residence at the Internationale Haus der Autoren in Graz in 2013 and artist-in-residence in Vienna in 2014 (KulturKontakt of the Ministry of Culture). In 2019/2020, Volha Hapeyeva was Stadtschreiberin (town clerk) of Graz for one year. 2021/2022 Writer-in-Exile, PEN Center Germany, 2022 – DAAD Fellow.
Hajra Waheed’s (b. 1980) multidisciplinary practice ranges from painting and drawing to video, sound, sculpture and installation. Characterized by a distinct visual language and unique poetic approach, her works use the ordinary as a means to convey the profound, and landscape as a medium to transpose human struggle and a radical politics of resistance and resilience. Recent and upcoming exhibitions worldwide include: Sharjah Biennial 15, UAE (2023); State of Concept, Athens (2023); CAM St. Louis, Missouri (2023); Kamel Lazaar Foundation/B7L9 Art Station, Tunis (2023); Relations: Diaspora & Painting, PHI Foundation, Montréal; Hum, Portikus, Frankfurt (2020); Globale Resistance, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2020); Lahore Biennial 02, Pakistan (2020); Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now, British Museum, London (2019); Hold Everything Dear, The Power Plant, Toronto (2019); 57th Venice Biennale, VIVA ARTE VIVA, Venice (2017). She currently lives and works in Montréal.
Yasmine Seale is a British-Syrian writer and translator. Her essays, poetry, visual art, and translations from Arabic and French have appeared widely. She is the author, with Robin Moger, of Agitated Air: Poems after Ibn Arabi, out now with Tenement Press. Her translations include The Annotated Arabian Nights, published by W. W. Norton. She lives in Paris, where she is currently a fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination.
Don Mee Choi, Athena Farrokhzad, Quinn Latimer, Rike Scheffler