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Annika Eriksson (born in Malmö, Sweden) is a pioneer of the artistic tendency to place real situations and social interactions at the center of project-oriented and performative art, which became more and more prominent in the 1990s. Besides the documentation of real occurrences, Eriksson employs for her film project more and more the mean of staging and narration. She thereby thematises often the public, urban space as a setting for social processes and upheavals, that reflects the conventions as well as differences and conflicts in the social interaction and in the idea of the collective. Ever since her one-year scholarship at the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2002 she has been living here.

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf was born 1928 as Lothar Berfeld in Berlin-Mahlsdorf and died during a Berlin visit in 2002. Her troubled childhood during National Socialism, her passionate collecting of rummage and furniture, a.o. in the ruins of post-war Berlin, and her role in the gay and lesbian scene in East-Berlin was documented in detail by Rosa von Praunheim in the film portrait Ich bin meine eigene Frau (1992) (engl. I am my own woman.). Since the 1950s/1960s this courageous outsider and time-witness of the history of Berlin lived a trans-identity, and resistant, as well as controversial life in GDR-times and developed into an expert for antiques from the German Gründerzeit period. In 1960 she opened a Gründerzeit museum in the Guthaus Mahlsdorf that is today open to public again. In 1997 von Mahlsdorf left Berlin presumably due to hostilities from neo-Nazis against her and temporary low cultural-political support for the museum. She moved to Porla Brunn in Sweden, where she open another Gründerzeit museum.

The Berlin Sessions

From February 2017 onwards, KW Institute for Contemporary Art will organize a series of monthly public talks in collaboration with various institutions and organizations located in Berlin. The series entitled The Berlin Sessions will explore the fabric of cultural producers in the city by inviting one Berlin-based speaker to give a presentation on another cultural producer that he/she finds inspiring. The goal of the lecture series is to highlight the work of Berlin-based creatives from the perspective of their peers; to map connections between the various producers and fields and to strengthen the existing networks between locally based artists, authors, musicians, performers, researchers and other creative producers. Every month, a series of lectures will be hosted and co-organized in collaboration with a different institution in Berlin, such as DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, Berlinische Galerie, among others. The series will travel and will be hosted by the partner organizations at their premises and at KW.



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