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Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life

Exhibition tour with Gideon Mendel, photographer and artist, and with the director Okwui Enwezor
Wednesday, April 10, 6pm, in English
Gideon Mendel is one of the most prominent young photographers to emerge on the scene in the 1980s when so-called “struggle” or “frontline” photographers were creating searing images of the struggle against apartheid. Many of Mendel’s acclaimed works such as Living in Yeoville focused on documenting daily life in Yeoville, an inner-city neighborhood of Johannesburg, showing the apartheid system’s decay. The tour will focus on the new film created especially by Mendel for this exhibition from images taken during the pivotal years of the anti-apartheid struggle.

William Kentridge
William Kentridge, Mine (still), 1991. 35mm film transferred to video. Courtesy of the artist.

Conversation: Sir Sydney Kentridge and William Kentridge moderated by Okwui Enwezor
Friday, April 26, 7pm, in English
Sir Sydney Kentridge is one of the most renowned and respected attorneys in South Africa and United Kingdom, and a lawyer who has been involved in some of the most historical cases such as Sharpeville Massacre and Rivonia Trial, as well as representing important figures such as Nelson Mandela, during the long struggle against apartheid. He will be in conversation with his son, the celebrated artist, filmmaker, and theatre and opera director William Kentridge, whose drawings for animation short films have incisively examined issues related to apartheid. Both father and son were born in Johannesburg and fought—each in his own way—against racial segregation. The lives and work of both have been shaped by the history of South Africa and the apartheid regime, which persisted until the country’s first free elections, held in 1994.

So Much I Want to Say – From Annemiek to Mother Courage
Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst
Opening: Thursday, April 18, 7pm
In the 1990s, when Ingvild Goetz began to systematically collect media art, the theoretical foundations for gender studies—now familiar through comparative literature, cultural studies, and related disciplines—were first being established. The works Goetz acquired for her media art collection reflect the keen interest in these issues at the time. Dating from the mid-1970s and later, the films presented in the exhibition reflect the discourse of the feminist movement, particularly feminist film theory. The exhibition includes works by Chantal Akerman, Andrea Bowers, Rineke Dijkstra, Cheryl Donegan, Mona Hatoum, Lucy McKenzie & Paulina Olowska, Tracey Moffatt, Ulrike Ottinger, Rosemarie Trockel, Ryan Trecartin, and T.J. Wilcox.

Kendell Geers 1988-2012
Artist lecture: Wednesday, April 24, 7pm, in English
The work of South African artist Kendell Geers is inextricably linked to his life story and the history of South Africa during the apartheid regime. In this artist lecture Geers will explore in his work in a wide range of artistic media: installations, photographs, ready-mades, sculptures, and drawings. He will also delve into the complex history of his work in South Africa and Europe through the exhibited works.

Der Öffentlichkeit – Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst
Haegue Yang
Lecture by T.J. Demos, University College London: The Politics and Aesthetics of Migration in Contemporary Art
Monday, May 6, 7pm, in English
In his lecture, T.J. Demos examines a range of contemporary art practices that engage migration—whether focusing on stateless subjects and migrant laborers, or investigating the mobility of the image itself in an era of transnational information and financial flows. Drawing on his recent publications, Demos will inquire into the political and aesthetic conditions that define the global present. Particularly attentive to the postcolonial context, and the economic and socio-political crises of today that complicate our picture of globalization, Demos finds critical and creative resources in contemporary art that makes alternative worlds possible.

Film series in the Filmmuseum München
Marguerite Duras
April 26–June 26
Filmmuseum München
St.-Jakobs-Platz 1
In many of her works, the Korean artist Haegue Yang refers explicitly to the filmmaker Marguerite Duras. Through these references Haus der Kunst and the Filmmuseum München (Munich film museum) will present a comprehensive retrospective of Duras’s films to give viewers the opportunity to reconsider her works in the context of recent discussions on and questions about “displacement” and transitory experiences. Haegue Yang’s large-scale installation, on view through September 2013, was created specifically for Haus der Kunst’s Der Öffentlichkeit series.

Détruire, dit-elle, 1969
Friday, April 26, 9pm
Introduction: Barbara Vinken

Nathalie Granger, 1972
Saturday, April 27, 9pm
Introduction: Julienne Lorz
Guest: Haegue Yang

La Femme du Gange, 1973
Sunday, April 28, 9pm
Introduction: Bart van der Heide
Guest: Haegue Yang

Baxter, Vera Baxter, 1976
Wednesday, May 1, 9pm
Introduction: Fabienne Liptay

India Song, 1975 / Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert, 1976
Thursday, May 2, 7pm
Introduction: Burcu Dogramaci

Le Camion, 1977
Wednesday, May 8, 9pm

Le navire night, 1979
Wednesday, May 29, 9pm

All films in their original version with, English subtitles
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