Social cohesion and solidarity seem to have become more fragile today than ever before. Societies around the world are confronted with nationalist tendencies. The public perception of flight and immigration usually focuses on the challenges facing society. The artist Thomas Kilpper opposes this with a different perspective: What does the loss of homeland mean for fugitives? Is the social uprooting, which means flight, countered by the people in the places of arrival, or is it even intensified? Can uprooting also open up new opportunities?
The exhibition begins with Thomas Kilpper’s new series “Burn-out” with charcoal drawings of burning refugee shelters. At the heart of the exhibition is an uprooted tree using parts of the old maple tree that fell in a storm in summer 2017 in front of the gallery in Körnerpark. In this expansive installation, the artist integrates new woodcuts, portraits of people who were exposed to racist violence or who resisted it. In addition to clearly right-wing extremist attacks and assaults, he directs special attention to cases in which racism is suspected to be a motif of crime, as in the murders of Burak Bektaş and Luke Holland in Neukölln. Thomas Kilpper sees his installation as a critique of violence, but also as an impulse for an open and solidary coexistence.
Curated by Dorothee Bienert