The group exhibition ROSA commemorates the 100th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg’s death and shows that Luxemburg’s hope for a just society is still highly topical to this day. Her ideas are more than 100 years old, but in today’s political era of growing social injustice—due to the increase of the capitalist economy, the on-going struggle for gender equality, and the spread of xenophobia—is more present than ever. “The virtue of the exhibition lies in the free interpretation of Rosa Luxemburg’s lifework. It profits and lives from the idea of politically engaged art and connects contemporary art and political education,” state the curators Kasia Lorenc and Angelika J. Trojnarski. “Because the connection is not direct—the artists do not refer to her biography, but to her intellectual approach—the exhibition offers that many more opportunities to discuss Luxemburg’s values. It invites the visitor to reflect on today’s living and working conditions, democracy, and humanity in the spirit of Luxemburg.”
w/ Ulf Aminde, Vera Drebusch, Magdalena Kita, Evamaria Schaller, Pauł Sochacki + Arts of the Working Class, Jens Pecho, Anna Witt, Zorka Wollny
June 21 – July 31, 2019 at Ackerstraße 199, 40233 Düsseldorf
ROSA+: Friday, June 21, 2019, 7 pm Performance: Vera Drebusch and Florian Egermann | Deutschland, mon amour Friday, June 28, 2019, 6 pm Lecture: Ulf Aminde | Memorial Keupstraße Friday, July 12, 2019, 6 pm Presentation: Pauł Sochacki | Arts of the Working Class Friday, July 19, 2019, 6 pm, Performance: Evamaria Schaller | ROSA
Pauł Sochacki’s humorous painterly excursion into the world of animals uses visual metaphors to question current socio-political conditions. Jens Pecho’s text-based works impugn the conventions of everyday speaking and acting. Ulf Aminde, winner of the City of Cologne’s competition for an NSU memorial on Keupstrasse, presents not only his idea behind this place of encounter, but also its lack of realization. In her latest photo series titled Becoming Native, Evamaria Schaller, an Austrian living in Cologne, examines her genetic heritage and thus calls into question a narrow concept of origin. With her feminist altarpieces, Magdalena Kita responds to stereotypical gender roles and social power structures. In Anna Witt’s 2-channel video installation, the artist lends her voice to a group of young people in Leipzig to jointly develop a modern manifesto, challenge existing social norms, and finally translate these into performative interventions. The video recordings of a concert by the Polish artist Zorka Wollny, based on music and loud work noises, investigate political aspects of noise and rediscover the essence of the human voice within the workplace.Iranian plum jam, Iraqi blackberry jam, Saudi Arabian elderberry juice — Vera Drebusch’s summer harvest from former embassy compounds in Bonn reveals how abstract and surreal political land and border arrangements are.
Vera Drebusch and Florian Egermann will initiate the opening evening with their performance Deutschland, mon amour, which manifests an ambivalent national relationship.
ROSA — has been released as a freeware newspaper in June 2019 and can be downloaded HERE.