About

Titled We don’t need another hero, the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is a conversation with artists and contributors who think and act beyond art as they confront the incessant anxieties perpetuated by a willful disregard for complex subjectivities.

Starting from the position of Europe, Germany, and Berlin as a city in dialogue with the world, the 10th Berlin Biennale confronts the current widespread states of collective psychosis. By referencing Tina Turner’s song from 1985, We Don’t Need Another Hero, we draw from a moment directly preceding major geopolitical shifts that brought about regime changes and new historical figures. The 10th Berlin Biennale does not provide a coherent reading of histories or the present of any kind. Like the song, it rejects the desire for a savior. Instead, it explores the political potential of the act of self-preservation, refusing to be seduced by unyielding knowledge systems and historical narratives that contribute to the creation of toxic subjectivities. We are interested in different configurations of knowledge and power that enable contradictions and complications.

Already launched in July 2017, I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not, the public program of the 10th Berlin Biennale, set the tone in a first event that took place in collaboration with the independent educational initiative Each One Teach One (EOTO) e. V. in Berlin. This was followed by a panel discussion in cooperation with the FNB JoburgArtFair in September 2017. The public program disavows assumed beingness and know-hows, perspectives that are often based on existing, constructed social frameworks and their associated speculations about particular subjectivities. Throughout the buildup to the 10th Berlin Biennale until its conclusion in September 2018, the public program creates situations evading these points of view and, at the same time, proposes a refreshed grammar for facing the present.

We don’t need another hero is curated by Gabi Ngcobo with a curatorial team composed of Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Serubiri Moses, Thiago de Paula Souza, and Yvette Mutumba. It takes place from June 9 to September 9, 2018 at various venues in Berlin.

Read more about the institution and past Berlin Biennale editions.

Team

DIRECTOR
Gabriele Horn


CURATOR
Gabi Ngcobo


CURATORIAL TEAM
Nomaduma Rosa Masilela
Serubiri Moses

Thiago de Paula Souza
Yvette Mutumba


ARTISTIC OFFICE

Project Coordination
Jeanette Gogoll

Project Management – Artists’ Projects, Production, and Research
Edwige Baron


Project Management – Controlling, Venues, and Production
Antje Weitzel

Curatorial Assistants
Daniela Sellen

Milena Maffei

Project Assistant
Helena Petersen

Curatorial Assistant – Public Program
Lebohang Tlali

Hospitality Assistant
Livia Tarsia in Curia

Interns

Aimilia Efthimiou (2.–4.2018)
Anna Ehrenstein (1.–4.2018)
Carlotta Wald (5.–8.2018)
Eda Nakiboglu (4.–7.2018)
Jasa McKenzie (5.–8.2017)
Katie Bruton (2.–4.2017)

Katja Ullmann (8.–10.2017)
Mira Herrarte (10.2017–1.2018)
Susan Abu Baker (5.–7.2017)


ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

Office Manager to the Director
Eva Marx (from 9.2017)

Tina Wessel (to 7.2017)

Coordinator Opening Days and Public Program
Mira Herrarte

Coordination Assistant Opening Days
Dmitry Povernov

Registrar

Katerina Gnafaki (from 12.2017)
Monika Grzymislawska (to 12.2017)

Guest Relations
Caroline Stummel

Database
Viola Götz

Interns
Alexandra Lange (3.–6.2018)
Duc Vu Manh (4.–7.2018)
Jonathan Stockhorst (3.–6.2018)


PRESS AND COMMUNICATION

Head of Press and Communication
Henriette Sölter

Press

Laura Helena Wurth

Press Assistant
Katie Bruton

Marketing
Friederike Dietrich

Marketing Assistant
Christoph Burger

Inka Baumgarte

Online Editor
Mathias Benninghoven

Writer

Magnus Elias Rosengarten

Intern

Tim Simon (4.–7.2018)


EDUCATION AND MEDIATION

Head of Education and Mediation
Mona Jas

Coordination Education and Mediation
Tullia Tarsia in Curia

Co-coordination Education and Mediation
Aleksandra Štor

Khadidiatou Rachel Bangoura

Assistant
Sirak Fissuh

Advisor
Sepake Angiama

Intern

Carolin Knüpper (6.–8.2018)


PUBLICATIONS


Managing Editor
Laura Schleussner

Editorial Assistant
Celina Basra

Image Editor
Christoph Blaas

Intern

Anna Wegenschimmel (2.–5.2018)


VISUAL IDENTITY

Concept, Graphic Design
Maziyar Pahlevan

Web Design
Sasha Portis

Web Development
Joseph Pleass

ARCHITECTURE
BÜROS FÜR KONSTRUKTIVISMUS:
Sandra Bartoli and Silvan Linden;
Assistant Tobias Fink


CURATORS WORKSHOP

Concept
Antonia Majaca
Sohrab Mohebbi

Project Management
Krisztina Hunya

Valerie Amend


TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT EXHIBITION

Exhibition Coordination
Malte Roloff

Assistant Exhibition Coordination
Katrin Winkler

Intern
Ki Hyun Park (4.–7.2018)

Head of Installation
Gergely László
Sören Reuter (mount berlin)
Wilken Schade

Coordination Media Technology
Rolf Schmidt

Media Technology
EIDOTECH GmbH

Coordination Guards
Rebeka Jazbec
Udo Klink

Guards Akademie der Künste
Busch & Dähn

Cleaning
Thomas Lehniger Fenster- und Gebäudereinigung, Kleine Reinigungs- und Dienstleistungsgesellschaft mbH

Insurance
Allianz Versicherungs AG
Kuhn & Bülow Versicherungsmakler GmbH


ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCES

Director of Administration
Silke Krummel

Administrative Assistant
Constanze Arendt

Finances
Kati Guhle

Finances Assistant
Tobias Oettel

Network Administration
Roman Suckau

Maintenance
Dieter Sielaff (to 8.2017)
Konrad Muchow

Legal Advisor
Béla von Raggamby
Lippert v.Raggamby Rechtsanwälte


KW FRIENDS

Office Manager
Sabine Bärenklau


ADVISORY BOARD BERLIN BIENNALE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Alexander Farenholtz
Axel Wallrabenstein
Christine Regus
Hortensia Völckers
Klaus Biesenbach
Krist Gruijthuijsen
Martin Heller


ORGANIZER

KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V.

Executive Members of the Board
Olafur Eliasson
Julia Stoschek
Matthias Sauerbruch

Board Members
Adam Pendleton
Almut Grüntuch-Ernst
Andreas Dornbracht
Antje Vollmer
Armand Grüntuch
Brigitte Oetker
Diana Widmaier Picasso
Eberhard Mayntz
Eike Becker
Elise Van Middelem
Erika Hoffmann
Hoor Al-Qasimi
Karen Boros
Kate Merkle
Katharina Sieverding
Klaus Biesenbach
Markus Hannebauer
Martin Heller
Pedro Barbosa
Rivka Saker
Simone Graebner
Stephan Landwehr
Timo Miettinen

Jobs

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Support

FUNDING

The 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).



With the generous support of



CORPORATE PARTNER



PROJECT FUNDING

1 Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery, Bangalore
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Afference Trust
Aktion Mensch
Ammodo Foundation
bangaloREsidency, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore
Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung / Bezirk Lichtenberg
Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung / Bezirk Mitte
Bezirksamt Mitte, Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur, Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur, Projektförderung
Botschaft des Königreichs der Niederlande, Berlin
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Creative New Zealand
DAAD
Davidoff Art Initiative
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
Goethe-Institut e. V., Johannesburg
Goethe-Institut e. V., München
Goethe-Institut e. V., Salvador de Bahia
Goethe-Institut e. V., São Paulo
Horizn Art Programme
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
Königlich Norwegische Botschaft, Berlin
Kulturagenten für kreative Schulen Berlin
Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
KW Freunde
Mart Stam Stiftung
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Mondriaan Fund
Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)
Outset Germany_Switzerland
Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung
PwC-Stiftung
Rudolf Augstein Stiftung
Schwarz Foundation
Sharjah Art Foundation
Thami Mnyele Foundation

With additional support from Mercedes Vilardell



EXHIBITION VENUES

The exhibition venues of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art include Akademie der Künste, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, the Volksbühne Pavilion, and ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics.



COOPERATION PARTNERS

Thath’i Cover Okestra Vol. 5: 17 July to 12 September 1977. Lego Mathosa is born. Steve Biko is assassinated (2018), a project of Keleketla! Library, is realized in cooperation between the 10th Berlin Biennale and HAU Hebbel am Ufer and is funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

The Curators Workshop BBX Crit Sessions is organized by the 10th Berlin Biennale in collaboration with Allianz Cultural Foundation, BMW, Goethe-Institut e. V., and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).



We are pleased to be cooperating with the following organizations in conjunction with our Mediation programs:

Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Alfred-Nobel-Schule
Berlin Glas e. V.
Bezirksamt Mitte von Berlin
Carl-von-Linné-Schule Carl-von-Ossietzky-Schule
documenta 14
Evangelische Kindertagesstätte Sophien
Farbklang Kinderatelier
Goethe-Institut e. V., Athen
Gustav-Falke-Schule
Heinz-Brandt-Schule
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Johann-Gottfried-Herder-Gymnasium
Jugendkunstschule Neukölln
Kiezband Kosmos Kiez
Kita Kleine Auguststraße
Kleine Humboldt Galerie
Laboratório Inhotim
LesArt – Berliner Zentrum für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur
MaDonna Mädchentreff Berlin-Neukölln
Medienetage – Medienkompetenzzentrum Treptow-Köpenick
mumok museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien
offensiv‘91 e. V.
Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Jugend und Familie
Stephanus gGmbh – Haus am Weinbergsweg
Stiftung Universität Hildesheim
The Hub e. V.
TUBE
TWIXTlab: art, anthropology & the everyday
Upsala Circus
Weinmeisterhaus
weißensee kunsthochschule berlin
Young Arts Neukölln


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