Berlin! 12.04.2018 – Sophiensaele Panel on Diversifying Berlin’s Art Scene
The fifth edition of the discussion series Politics of Love offers their fifth edition of an ongoing discussion series, stemming from the performance festival Save Your Soul. This initial discussion spoke of “letting go, of the pain, of the past, and exorcising discordant stories that possess our bodies and haunt our daily lives.”
The Sophiensaele Panel explains the series further: “Politics of Love dives in further to explore how letting go of the specters of trauma can be accompanied with accountability. We ask who are we as artists, as individuals, as institutions and as community responsible for?
On stage, in textual practices, as well as in visual mediums, the current zeitgeist of the art world is obsessed with the vulnerable and asking hard personal questions. But we must be aware that therapy is messy; to heal wounds is to conjure demons. How deeply does the stage allow us to look into our subjectivities, how they affect us, our choices, those around us, and the earth? How do we hold each other as a community when the image invoked in the mirror of our practices threatens to destroy us? The special circumstances of minority communities and their place within the arts community will be a focal point. This evening, we will be joined by a panel of activists, artists, and academics invested in community-based practices and healing wounds through closure and acceptance.”
Djibril Sall, an artist involved with the upcoming discussion shares with KALTBLUT,“In this panel, we will be discussing “accountability”; specifically the responsibilities that artists have to their communities in art spaces and in the larger world, with special attention paid to the subjectivity of minorities. This panel about after a very humiliating experience in a performance art setting and I approached Joy at Sophiensaele about opening this conversation to the public as a moment of collective consciousness raising and most importantly to make minorities feel more empowered to take up space and stake out their own sense of agency in art spaces.”
MONILOLA ILUPEJU is an artist and writer living and working in Berlin. She graduated from New York University in 2018 where she studied Studio Art and Social and Cultural Analysis, which focused on the intersections of race and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, philosophy, sociology, and political science. She is an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Class of 2018.
ZANDER PORTER is a visual artist, performer, and curator from Los Angeles, who is currently based in Berlin. He graduated in Art Studio from Wesleyan University with additional attention in Computer Science and Performance Studies. In his artistic work, Porter employs media such as photography, digital media, performance, and video. His work is based on his interest in social and collective vs. individuated individual identity in the digital age. He is interested in virtual and physical spaces of roleplay, especially embodiment and disembodiment.
DJIBRIL SALL is a dancer, performer, and writer currently based in Berlin. In 2016 he graduated from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) with a BA in dance. Since 2013 he takes part in several projects as a performer and/or dramaturge in the USA and Germany. Sall was an artist in residence in the Loam, NY in December 2016. In 2019 his most recent piece Go To Hell premiered at SomoS Berlin as part of Vorspiel Dance Festival.
NICOLE STANTON is a dance artist, educator, and activist currently serving as the Dean of Arts and Humanities Wesleyan University and is an Associate Professor of Dance, African American Studies, Environment, and Performance. Her work centers on the cultures and histories of the African Diaspora and the ways in which dance serves as a site of reclamation and resistance.