touring artists & Goethe-Institut in Exile

Grafik: Vor unifarbenem gelbem Hintergrund und einem weißen Dreieck, das einem Lichtkegel ähnelt, steht in schwarzen Versalien: Touring Artists & Goethe-Institut im Exil. In der oberen Bildmitte, dort wo der Lichtkegel zusammenläuft, steht das Logo vom Internationalen Theaterinstitut Zentrum Deutschland.


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touring artists & Goethe-Institut in Exile

How can artists who have had to leave their homeland for political reasons relate what they have experienced in their new environments? – In environments that may not be familiar with the contexts of this art or may have certain expectations of what is being related. How do artists manage to continue the narrative of their artistic and political actions? To what extent does the label “artist in exile” impose limitations by withholding the true universal value of this art? Conversely, how do artists who do not explicitly depict war and authoritarianism in their art deal with the fact that they are confronted with certain expectations?

As part of the Theater der Welt 2023 festival, the touring artists advice and information centre, which supports artists with their first steps in Germany, among other things, and the Goethe-Institut in Exile project space are organizing two events that will shed light on various aspects of these questions.

Artist Sanaz Azimipour will ask how the first 100 days of the Jina Revolution have been related and can continue be related in the future in her lecture performance “Who writes the history and how?” on 11 July at 3 p.m. Building on this, artists and representatives of cultural institutions will come together for the “Art in Exile or Weltenkunst?” panel discussion on 12 July at 3 p.m., to discuss how art created in the context of war and authoritarianism can break free from labels and expectations.

In addition to advising internationally active artists, touring artists, an ITI project, offers orientation in the German cultural landscape and provides an insight into the legal framework for artistic activities.

Goethe-Institut in Exile is a meeting place, shelter and stage for cultural professionals who can no longer work in their home country because of war or censorship.

These events are being organized by touring artists in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut in Exile project space.

touring artists & Goethe-Institut in Exile is part of the ITI programme at Theater der Welt 2023.

July 11 | 15:00
Lecture performance: “Who writes the history and how?”
with Sanaz Azimipour, Baharan Eghbalzadeh and Mahtab Sabetara
Language: German & English

July 12 | 15:00
Panel discussion: “Art in Exile or Weltenkunst?”
with Sanaz Azimipour, Andriy May, Pınar Öğrenci, Marc-André Schmachtel and Almut Wagner. Hosted by Felix Sodemann
Language: English

About the Artist(s)

Sanaz Azimipour is an activist, author, speaker and co-founder of the campaign for voting rights for all “Nicht Ohne Uns 14 Prozent” (Not Without Us 14 Percent) and “MigLoom e.V.”. Her work focuses on transnational movements, political participation and social injustice. In 2023 she received the Human Rights Award (“Menschenrechtspreis”) of the Tonhalle Düsseldorf.

Baharan Eghbalzadeh is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher from Iran. Baharan is focused on the intersection of art, literature and technology. She recently graduated in MA for New Media Design. She studied BA and MA in Dramatic Literature and Performing Arts.

Mahtab Sabetara is an activist and freelance musician. She is also part of the Woman* Life Freedom Collective.

Andriy May is a director, actor, theatere curator (1976, Kherson, Ukraine). In 2008, he founded the Vsevolod Meyerhold Center and Lyutyi Theatre Festival in Kherson and began working in the field of documentary and site-specific theater. In 2014 he became a member of the International Forum Theatertreffen and the Oxford University New Play Forum. From 2013 to 2016 he was a director and actor at the Ivan Franko National Theatre in Kyiv. In 2018, he received a fellowship at the Schloss Solitude Art Academy.  Since 2020, he has been the director of the Mykola Kulish Theater in Kherson and has staged about 50 performances in various theaters and countries. At the end of March 2022, he left Kherson, occupied by russian troops, with his mother and 7-year-old son for Germany, where he realized performances and projects at the Cologne Schauspielhaus, the Hans Otto Theater Potsdam and the Theater der Keller in 2022.

Artist and filmmaker Pınar Öğrenci (1973, Van, Turkey) lives in Berlin. Öğrenci has a background in architecture, which informs her poetic and experiential video-based work and installations that accumulate traces of ‘material culture’ related to forced displacement across geographies. Her works have been exhibited widely at museums and art institutions including documenta fifteen, Gwangju Biennial (2018), Sharjah Biennial13 (2017), Athens Biennial (2018), MAXXI Museum, Kunst Haus-Hundertwasser Museum in Vienna, SALT Galata and many others. She has been nominated for Böttcherstrasse Kunst Prize 2022 in Bremen and won Villa Romana Prize for 2023.

Marc André Schmachtel, born in Lübeck, schooled in Namibia, studied francophone cultural studies, modern history and Latin American Studies in Saarbrücken and Québec, master thesis on African cinema and organization of regional film festivals (Cinéfleuve, African Film Series Saarbrücken). Worked at the Goethe-Institut Kamerun from 2008-2010. From 2010-2016 he was head of Goethe-Institut Nigeria, initiated several film projects e.g. festival exchange Dokfest.Munich/iREP Filmfestival, Mokolo film platform, Mini-EAVE Nigeria, short film workshops. Since 2016 he is responsible for TV and radio cooperation/Coproduction at Goethe-Institut headquarters. Since 2022 in charge of the newly founded Goethe Institute im Exil. 

Almut Wagner studied theatre, film and television studies, Romance studies and sociology at the University of Cologne. She has worked as a dramaturge since 1991, including at Schauspiel Bonn, the Bonn Biennial and the Vienna Festival. From 2011-2014 head of dramaturgy at Schauspiel Düsseldorf, from 2015-2020 managing dramaturge and later theatre director at Theater Basel. Since 2020, head dramaturge and deputy artistic director at the Residenztheater in Munich. Responsibilities there include the platform for international drama “Welt/Bühne”.

Moderation: Felix Sodemann (Internationales Theaterinstitut / touring artists)