Lesen am See I, Where is the Love, Maybe we Should Take it to the Street*

Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hubert Gromny, Kelly Krugman, Mokia Laisin, Lia Milanesio

Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin

Gif Love2
Gif Love2

Hosted by: Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit and Moabit Mountain College

Through this reading session we want to invite you to a communality of sense-making through reflections on intimacy, softness, and the comradeship of love. We will give love words by evoking fragments from writings of Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Alexandra Kollontai, adrienne maree brown and more — editing texts with gasps of awe, stings of lingering pain, and heartbeats committed to the rhythms of justice.

Too often systematic abuse is insisted to be an expression of love and allegiance. Too many have been told that their economy, society, and family need their pain to exist. Who is benefitting or harmed from such a proclaimed allegiance that serves the function of loving a selected few in governance or in power, or of one above another, all in the name of ‘love’? How can we attune to listening to the wounds of such a love, and hear within them the possibilities of refusal and restoration? We will read together while trusting in our capacities of joy, of generative love and eros, and of intimacy: as creative forces grounded in deep sensual wisdoms of the body’s knowledge. We will accompany each other in witnessing how our body’s cells quietly and slowly respond to the sounds of words given to, and invoking, the complexities of love. 

Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hubert Gromny, Kelly Krugman, Mokia Laisin, Lia Milanesio. 

*title uses phrases from: ‘Where is the Love’ Black Eyed Peas listen and ‘Found’ Tems ft. Brent Fayiaz listen )

In the frame of the cycle Lesen am See we would like to invite diverse reading groups and collectives to share their practices, related to the dialogical nature of text itself as well the community of readers & listeners. The cycle is curated by Agnieszka Kilian. 

Lesen am See is a part of the two-year collaborative project Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses, Tools and Alliances conceived in collaboration with WHW, Zagreb, the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, and Neue Nachbarschaft/Moabit, Berlin.


The program is co-funded by the European Commission’s Creative Europe program and Foundation Between Bridges.


Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock is a curator and researcher at SAVVY Contemporary and is part of the participatory archive project Colonial Neighbours. She received her MA in Postcolonial Cultures and Global Policy at Goldsmiths University of London and moved to Berlin in 2013. In her work within the permanent collection of SAVVY Contemporary she looks for colonial traces that are manifested in our present. The collaborative archive dedicates itself to discussing silenced histories and to the decanonization of the Western gaze through objects and the stories behind them.

Hubert Gromny is an artist, curator and researcher at SAVVY Contemporary currently working on developing artistic program dedicated to the neighbourhood of Wedding. He received MA in Art Praxis from Dutch Art Institute, MA in Graphic Art from Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and BA in philosophy at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Recently he co-curated (with Renan Laru-an and Mokia Laisin) Jean-Ulrick Désert’s monographic exhibition “Conspicous Invisibility” at SAVVY Contemporary.

Kelly Krugman is a Mexican–American curator, editor, and project coordinator at SAVVY Contemporary. She holds a degree from Amherst College where her focus was on Comparative Literature, Fine Arts, and Performance Studies. She was a collaborating curator of ECOLOGIES OF DARKNESS (2018-2019), a project exploring intersectional feminist alliances and poetic figurations of queer pasts, presents, and futures, and then later: ULTRASANITY. On Madness, Sanitation, Antipsychiatry, and Resistance (2019) and RAUPENIMMERSATTISM (2020), to name a few.

Mokia Laisin is an editor and curator at SAVVY Contemporary. His practice is concerned with exploring and relativising African and Latin American political economic writing emanating from the anti-colonial literary canon of the 20th century. He employs a class-conscious approach to his study of the demystifying potential of writing in its many forms.

Lia Milanesio is a Master graduate from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, with a dissertation analyzing the colonial impact on the Central African Republic through the five animal novels of René Maran. In 2020, she published in the post-colonial online journal “Il Tolomeo” the article “Environmental criticism in René Maran’s animal novels”, where she analyzed the ecological brutality of colonialism. She is now managing and co-curating the project “On damp earth we wander”, a concept by Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, along with Bilger Emir.

Timeline

WHW

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Exhibition
Marwa Arsanios, Željko Beljan, Marina Naprushkina, Rupali Patil, Dan Perjovschi, Selma Selman, Marko Tadić, Cecilia Vicuña
Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU), Zagreb
Conference
Kohei Saito, Françoise Vergès, Roland Ngam, Karin Doolan, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Paul Stubbs, Marwa Arsanios, Pablo Martinez, faridrakun (ruangrupa), Alexandra Köves
Zagreb trade fair, Youth Center Ribnjak, HDLU, Zagreb
Discussion
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Pablo Martinez, Adelita Husni Bey
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Marina Naprushkina
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Yael Davis
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Summer School
Pablo Martinez, Marina Naprushkina, Gleb Amankulov, Larissa Araz, Kemil Bekteši, Klara Burić, Katja Crevar, Aria Farajnezhad, Đejmi Hadrović, Hu Yun, Mari Kalabegashvili, Ivana Mirchevska, Jelisaveta Rapaić, Rita Süveges
Youth Culture Centre Ribnjak in Zagreb
Seminar
Zbyněk Baladrán
Online
Exhibition
Vlatka Horvat, Marina Naprushkina
Gallery Nova, Teslina 7, Zagreb

Rijks

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Workshop
Wouter van der Laan, Esther Meijer, We Sell Reality
Rijksakademie
Residency
Peng Zhang
Amsterdam

Neue

ACTIVITY
TYPE
DATE
PARTICIPANTS
LOCATION
Workshop
Dušan Rodić
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Josias Scharf
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Alungoo Xatan, Dior Thiam, etaïnn zwer, Frances Breden
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Residency
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka and Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Daniela Medina Poch, Raras Umaratih, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Lena Pozdnyakova and Eldar Tagi
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Mariam Agamian, Ju Bavyka, Masha Beketova, Timur V. and Galka Yarmanova
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Hubert Gromny, Kelly Krugman, Mokia Laisin, Lia Milanesio
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Lecture
Marta Sala, Batoul Sedawi, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee/Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Lahya Aukongo, Amora C.Bosco, Krishan Rajapakshe
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Improvisation Group / Maddi Fuente Ubani, Cristina Leoni-Osion, Biljiana Pais, Lena Pozdnyakova, Cristina Viegas
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Sofia Ocherednaya, Betül Torlak, Kasia Wojcik and Yasemin Altınay
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Exhibition
Zinzi Buchanan, Inky Lee, Daniela Medina Poch, and Meghna Singh
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Galina Yarmanova, Jahia La Sangoma, Marianna Szczygielska, Marianna Szczygielska, Sybille Neumeyer and Svitlana Shymko
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Biljana Pais
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Pubic Talk, Workshop
Alina Dzeravianka, Sveta Husakova
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Performance
Jelena Fužinato, Bojana Fužinato and Endi Tupja
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Cam-Anh Luong and Roland Sookias
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Edoardo Micheli
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Discussion
Rupali Patil
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin
Workshop
Greta Cazzola and Nicola
Strandbad Tegelsee /Zentrum für Kultur und Erholung Schwarzer Weg 95, 13505 Berlin