Fri 15.09 19:00 // OPENING // ACUD GALLERY
NAAMA ARAD, FULL FRONTAL
OPENING: FRI, 15. SEPTEMBER 2017, 7 – 10 PM
EXHIBITION: 15. SEPTEMBER – 22. OCTOBER 2017
OPENING HOURS: FRI & SAT, 1 – 6 PM
Curated by Elodie Evers
Image: Naama Arad, Handle with Care, 2016
Courtesy of Sommer Gallery, Tel Aviv
Followed by an After Party with KOW & Capitain Petzel:
And later, in an empty room, lying prostrate… a low thrum… a rising brume…
The two axes of language carries you along; an imaginary line about which a body rotates.
Merge one body into another, time functioning as a spindle.
When you hear the static crackling, you remember a distant ringing, a game of musical chairs, the shape of your mother’s body at dusk—or was it your father?
Traipse across overdetermined points until they cohere into a single vibrating position.
As you turn, you see yourself: shadow on surface. In a moment of revelation/identity, you recognize yourself in this external negation, your displacement as form.
Naama Arad (born 1985 in Israel) lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has exhibited throughout Europe and America. This is her first solo exhibition in Germany. She received her Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 2010, and a Masters from the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago in 2014.
Arad has previously shown at: Artport Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv; 83 Pitt Street, New York; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv; nGbK, Berlin; Julius Caesar, Chicago and Sector 2337, Chicago. Upcoming solo shows include Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund and kim?, Riga.
With kind support by
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Tue 26.09 19:30 // PERFORMANCE, LECTURE // ACUD STUDIO
DEAD LADIES SHOW: MAY AYIM // ANNA FISCHER-DÜCKELMANN // THEDA BARA
The DEAD LADIES SHOW is a series of entertaining and inspiring presentations on women who achieved amazing things against all odds. Every two months, the show hosts three passionate cheerleaders of too-oft forgotten women, inviting its loyal audience into a sexy séance (of sorts) celebrating these impressive icons, their turbulent lives, and deathless legacies.
Our 13th event showcases three such extraordinary ladies who pushed the boundaries of their times: a poet and Afro-German activist, a pioneering doctor who took a liberal view of female sexuality, and a silent movie star who wowed crowds in a lavish 1917 version of Cleopatra, now lost for all eternity. Our presenters are the award-winning German writer DAVID WAGNER, Dublin/Berlin-based columnist ALIX BERBER, and your beloved co-host KATY DERBYSHIRE. And of course our master of ceremonies, FLORIAN DUIJSENS, will ensure the evenings entertainment runs smoothly. So put on your glad rags and raise a glass with us in the ACUD STUDIO on 26 September, 8pm.
Presented in a messy mixture of English and German. €5 or €3 reduced entry. Now generously supported by the Berliner Senat. Doors open 7:30 come on time to get a good seat!
Launching our year of dead Berliners is MAY AYIM, who made our fine city her home in 1984. She was a founding member of the Initiative of Black People in Germany a year later, and published the groundbreaking book Showing Our Colors: Afro-German Women Speak Out soon afterwards. Ayim trained as a speech therapist and taught at university level, but shes remembered for her work on Afro-German history and her unmasking of racism and for her moving poetry which explores her own memory and identity and those of others.
ANNA FISCHER-DÜCKELMANN was one of the first women to study medicine, running a clinic for women and children in Dresden for many years. She wrote books on reforming womens clothing, womens sexuality, and gynecology, plus a popular illustrated guide to medicine for women. Keeping her maiden name after marriage, Fischer-Dückelmann championed both natural remedies and womens rights. Womens equality, she wrote, is the key to a new heavenly realm of love.
The silent movie actress THEDA BARA rose to become Fox Studios biggest star prior to the 1920s, often cast as a vamp. Yet she also played Shakespearean roles like Juliet and Cleopatra. In pre-code Hollywood, she was known for her skimpy costumes and early sex-symbol status. Criticized for her dark roles from gang moll to Princess Zara of the South Seas she responded: “I will continue doing vampires as long as people sin.” Although she made more than 40 silent films, very few of them have survived.
DI 26.9 // 19H30 // 3-5€
ACUD STUDIO // LECTURE PERFORMANCE
DEAD LADIES SHOW:
MAY AYIM // ANNA FISCHER-DÜCKELMANN // THEDA BARA
celebrating women who achieved amazing things against all odds
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