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Followed by a talk with Didem Pekün, Galit Eilat and Erden Kosova

United Nothing: The ‘inarticulacy’ of Images in Representing Atrocities

In her film Araf (2018), Pekün looked at the ways in which the Bosnian society acts out its rituals of mourning and commemoration as a protest to the genocide committed 25 years ago. She is currently working on Disturbed Earth, a film project that will examine the international inaction through a choreography of bureaucratic incompetence in the case of Srebrenica despite clear evidence hinting at the coming atrocity . In her presentation, Pekün will discuss the meaning and the im/possibilities of representing visually traumatic experiences that are denied or obliterated by revisionist policies operating at present in different parts of the world, including her homeland, Turkey.

In her work Didem Pekün combines research and artistic practice. In her essay films, she addresses how violence and displacement define and destroy life. Her documentaries and video installations have been shown internationally and have received various awards. She is a founding member of the Center for Spatial Justice (MAD). She is currently a fellow at Graduate School / Berlin Center for the Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences at Universität der Künste Berlin.

Galit Eilat is an interdependent curator and writer based in Amsterdam. She developed her practice through a variety of platforms and roles as an institute director and editor of books and a magazine. Her current research trajectories are dealing with the Syndrome of the Present and Art under authoritarianism. Eilat is the recipient of Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism, Bard College, 2017-18 and she is the director of Meduza Foundation since 2018.

Erden Kosova is an art critic in Berlin and Istanbul. In 2017 he curated the exhibition "Contemporary Syndromes", which was shown in Thessaloniki, Izmir, Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2019, he was a co-organizer of the Young Curators Academy, which took place at the Maxim Gorki Theater as part of the 4th Berlin Herbst Salon. In 2019 he was also involved in the exhibition of the SIS collective "In the blink of an eye" at the nGbK. Kosova is the editor of the Istanbul online magazine