Magazin / Kultur-Mitte

Conversation with Vanessa Gravenor, published on 02.03.2021, in Kultur Mitte

LAMENTO I – Mourning and Tears

The history of human civilizations is marked by traumatic experiences of loss, which have produced a great variety of cultural coping forms and strategies. Natural disasters, accidents, wars, epidemics and old age confront us with our inevitable finiteness. In a time in which the superhuman seems feasible, the confrontation with death confronts us with our transience, which overwhelms us with the loss of a human being and leaves us with the painful feeling of grief. The heterogeneity of the ways of coping with loss and the strategies for dealing with it show, on the one hand, that grief seems to be a universal feeling, but is embodied in a variety of ways and finds its individual expression. People suffer from loss experiences and seek successful coping strategies to escape grief.
In the exhibition LAMENTO I – Mourning and Tears, the Museum für Sepulkralkultur dedicates itself to a selection of international, contemporary works of art, the collective and individual experience of mourning experienced and felt as a consequence of a traumatic experience of loss. The artistic works are developed and exhibited in the context and in correspondence with the collection of the Museum für Sepulkralkultur.

Museum für Sepulkralkultur
Weinbergstraße 25-27
34117 Kassel, Germany
16 November 2019 to 15 March 2020
Opening on Friday, 15 November 2019, at 19.30 hrs

REFRAMING WORLDS, Mobilität und Gender aus postkolonial, feministischer Perspektive

Die Ausstellung versammelt Arbeiten Berliner Künstler*innen, die sich mit dem Leben und Werk so unterschiedlicher Frauen wie Gertrude Bell, Agatha Christie, Maria Mandessi Bell Diop, Mia May, Sayyida Salme Prinzessin von Oman und Sansibar alias Emily Ruete oder Ida Pfeiffer auseinandersetzen.
Ausgangspunkte sind bis heute wirksame kolonialistisch geprägte Denkweisen, Bildwelten und Wissenskategorien, deren geschichtliche Konstruktionen offengelegt und reflektiert werden. In ihren Recherchen, die sich mit Reiseberichten, Lebensgeschichten, Pflanzenwelten, Fotografien und anderen Objekten befassen, gehen die Künstler*innen den Erfahrungen von Unterdrückung, Widerstand und Migration nach. Sie untersuchen, wo und wie Spuren davon noch sichtbar sind. Gleichzeitig setzen sie sich kritisch damit auseinander, wie mit Archiven und Archivmaterial heute umgegangen werden kann und welche Rolle sie selbst als Wissensproduzent*innen einnehmen.
Die Ausstellung macht nicht nur Leerstellen der Geschichtsschreibung sichtbar, sondern fragt nach der Art des Wissens, das im Kontext der kolonialen Unternehmungen produziert und in Europa verbreitet worden ist. Wie und von wem wird Wissen über die Welt erzeugt? Wie wirken die komplexen Verflechtungen von Rassismus und Sexismus bis heute nach und wie kann Feminismus transkulturell und solidarisch gedacht und praktiziert werden?

Galerie im Körnerpark
Opening: 03.11.2017, 6 pm
Exhibition: 04.11.2017 – 21.01.2018
Künstler*innen: Maria Thereza Alves, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro & Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat, Antye Greie aka AGF, Rajkamal Kahlon, Mathilde ter Heijne, Katrin Winkler

neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Exhibition: 02.12.2017 – 21.01.2018
Opening: 01.112.2017, 6 pm
Künstler*innen: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Hasan Aksaygın & Aykan Safoǧlu, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Antye Greie aka AGF, Susanne Kriemann, Marisa Maza, Judith Raum, Mathilde ter Heijne, Moira Zoitl

Atopia: Migration, Heritage, and Placelessnes

Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection.
The exhibition focuses on the practices and representations of the ways in which artists have accessed, rehearsed, participated in and negotiated concepts of “place” or “place of origin,” their past, heritage, and cultural ambiguities, with all the dilemmas such notions provoke. Origin / locality is not a neutral point of reference. What seems to be just a geographic denotation, comes with an apparatus of definitions and is grounded in systems of authority. Geography and place-bound symbolisms incorporates a (very rigid) signifying system through which individuals and collectives register and express their identities.

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Lima, Peru
Opening: August 15th, 2017

Feministische Netzwerke: Kollaboration, Information und Diskussion

Discussion, lecture, and conversation with Mathilde ter Heijne on ff, about feminist networks and collaboration on the occasion of the 150 year celebration of the Verein der Berliner Kunstlerinnen.

January 11th, 2017
Alexander und Renata Camaro Stiftung
Potsdamer Straße 98A, 10785 Berlin




Community-Based, Decad

‘Community-Based’ presents a series of long-term, socially-engaged projects realised by artists and other cultural workers, specifically located in Berlin. Immediately prior to the opening reception, the artist Mathilde ter Heijne will speak on her work in Decad’s Hinterhaus lecture space. Ter Heijne is one of the primary six artists to be included in ‘Community-Based’. Her artist talk will begin at 18:00. The reception is scheduled to run from 19:00 to 22:00.

November 12th, 2016, 18:00
Decad’s Hinterhaus
Gneisenaustrasse 52, 10961, Berlin, Germany


ATOPIA Migration, Heritage and Placelessness

Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection
Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador
August 10 – September 29, 2016


Körnerpark, Blood Sweat and Tears— Assembling Past and Future

In her exhibition at Körnerpark, Mathilde ter Heijne directs a network of cultural workers and peace activists in oder to bring about reflections on current world crisis through the meditation upon the first International Women’s Peace Conference in The Hague, first convened in World War I. The project is divided into two parts. The first part comprises a research project that began in 2005, Women to Go, with a special series based on women peace activists.

June 25th to September 4th 2016
Schierker Str. 8, 12051 Berlin, Germany

Get Involved!, Kunst und ihre Aufmerksamkeitsökonomien

Discussion and Public Hearing with Christian Jankowski, Curator of Manifesta11, Carmen Weisskopf & Domagoj Smoljo – !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Mathilde ter Heijne, Artist, Christian Falsnaes, Artist/Performer, and an introduction from Hedwig Fijen, Director of the Manifesta Foundation
Moderated by Max Glauner

In the event of the launch of KUNSTFORUM international, Get involved!, Participation as artistic strategy.

in the room of Manifesta11
Location: Cabaret der Künstler
Zunfthaus Voltaire; Spiegelgasse 1, CH 8001 Zürich
Sonday, 12. June 2016, 17:00
free entrance


Titled Momentary Monuments, the new installment of Collection on Display scheduled to open in February 2016 will present works that examine the significance and function of monuments for a larger exploration of memory and forgetting. In the perspective of art history, the evolution of sculpture is closely intertwined with that of monument culture. Effigies of rulers, equestrian statues, and monuments always reflect the tastes, worldviews, and designs of the powerful patrons who commissioned them. Yet they also illustrate contemporary developments in the discourse of art. Monuments served—and still serve—to propagate the prevailing ideas of their time and visualize the interpretation of events and personalities the ruling élites hope to enshrine in history books and collective memory. In contemporary art, the idea of the monument has become a focal point for artists’ engagement with the question of who determines how history is written and the representation of power in the public arena. The exhibition Momentary Monuments combines works from the collection familiar to our regular visitors with others that have rarely been on view and several new acquisitions that will make their début in Zurich.

Collection on Display is curated by Nadia Schneider Willen (Collection Curator, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst).

Opening: Friday, 19.02.2016, 6–9pm


Art & Anthropology. Ethnographische Bezüge in der zeitgenössischen Kunst

The exhibition pairs artists together who use ethnographic tactics to decode images of Otherness and find strategies for co-habitation, togetherness, and community: states of being so paramount in our modern times. Showing alternative perspectives, dialogues from the so-called “Other,” the artists employ various media from film, photography, installation, and object installments. The works lead us from the terrains of Mexico, Argentina or Namibia, and with this travel, the artists open up a space of poetic possibility.

Exhibition: January 23rd – April 3rd, 2016
Opening: Friday 22nd, January, 6pm
Artist Talk: Sunday 24th, January, 12pm
Curator led tour: Friday 19th, February, 7pm
Lecture with discussion: Sunday 21st, February, 12pm

Galerie im Körnerpark
Schierker Straße 8
12051 Berlin
Tuesday to Sunday 10–8pm (entrance free)


Secret Agent

Secret Agent is a group exhibition composed from the viewpoint of feminist authorship in contemporary art practices. The exhibition is curated by Hemera Collective, a UK-based curatorial collective that specialises in photography and lens-based media, with research interests that range from social history and environmental subjects, to literature and contemporary art.

Exhibition: January 9th – 30th, 2016
Symposium: January 16th, 2016 (play)ground-less: Collaboration, Creativity, Authorship: A day of talks and performances
Events: January 23rd, 2016 (all day) Wiki-edit-a-thon: Exhibition Histories

Guest Projects
Sunbury House
1 Andrews Road
E8 4QL London

All events are free and open to all. Please RSVP to for further details.


On cliches and other structures. An interview with Mathilde ter Heijne

Interview on recent work featured in Magenta Magazine. Magenta is an online magazine dedicated to contemporary art photography in Poland and beyond.


FIVA fifth Edition

Lament, Song for Transitions will be shown in the fifth edition of FIVA International Festival of Video Art Buenos Aires, Argentina 2015 on:

November 30th
Auditorium David Viñas of the Museum Book and Language

December 1st & 2nd
auditorium Jorge Luis Borges of the National Library


Review of Ontology of the In-Between in ArtForum

Critic Pick by Max Glauner featuring a review of Ontology of the In-Between at Rotwand Gallery

Hemera Collective: Secret Agent

Group exhibition including the work of Judith Barry, Beth Collar, Chiara Fumai, Mathilde ter Heijne, Maud Salter and Niina Vatanen.

Exhibition: September 4 – October 16, 2015

Project Space
Suomen Valokuvataiteen Museo
The Finnish Museum of Photography
The Cable Factory
Tallberginkatu 1G
00180 Helsinki


Kemnade klingt!

Aktuelle Positionen der Klangkunst, Medienkunst und experimentellen Musik in und um Haus Kemnade

Das temporäre Kunstprojekt Kemnade klingt! lässt das barocke Haus Kemnade zum Spielort aktueller Klang- und Medienkunst werden. Die künstlerischen Interventionen erstrecken sich dabei auf die unterschiedlichen Funktionsbereiche des Hauses, beziehen die Präsentationsräume der Musikinstrumentensammlung ebenso sowie den Kunstvereinsraum, aber auch den Außenbereich mit ein. Als Werke der aktuellen Kunst treten sie in Wechselwirkung mit dem Bestehenden, nehmen formal wie inhaltlich auf das barocke Gebäude und den Bestand historischer Musikinstrumente Bezug, generieren neue Bedeutungsbeziehungen, stellen andere und unerwartete Kontexte her und eröffnen somit nicht zuletzt neue Perspektiven auf das Haus und seine Sammlung.

1.8. – 18.10.2015
Kunstverein Bochum e.V. / Haus Kemnade


AUSWEITUNG DER LERNZONE Offene Diskussion mit Lehrenden und Lernenden

Die Ausstellung AUSWEITUNG DER LERNZONE ist ein Zusammenschluss und Tummelplatz von Lehrenden und Lernenden und wirft die unterschiedlichsten interdisziplinären Vernetzungen ins Rennen. Im Zentrum stehen Künstlerinnen und Wissenschaftlerinnen aus dem Mentoring-Programm der UdK, die durch eine einjährige Fortbildung in Verbindung mit der Hospitanz bei einem Mentor oder einer Mentorin nicht nur den künstlerischen Lehrberuf studieren, sondern auch die Strukturen institutioneller und persönlicher Organisation analysieren.

Der unwissende Lehrmeister – Offene Diskussion mit Lehrenden und Lernenden, initiiert & moderiert von Julia Lazarus mit Prof. Ulf Aminde, Heiner Franzen, Prof. Mathilde ter Heijne, Prof. Dr. Judith Siegmund, Isabell Spengler u.a.

Thursday Juli 2, 2015 6pm

KUNSTHALLE am Hamburger Platz
Gustav-Adolf-Str. 140
13086 Berlin