10 January 2022

Al-Quds Bard College's Translation Exhibit Now in Berlin

Al-Quds Bard College's Translation/مشاع Exhibit Now in Berlin

We are pleased to announce the launching of the exhibition translations / مشاع, which showcases artistic, architectural, performative, multimedia and literary works, relating to “translation” as a practice of invention/transformation, commoning, memory-making, (dis-)location, and healing. The exhibition started on 8th of January and will last until 11th of January. It is based on the works of over 30 individuals who have first assembled during the Critical Practice Studio (CPS) / مشاع للممارسة الناقدة in the summer of 2021.

Epistemically emerging from Dheisheh, Palestine, and geographically located in the Haus der Statistik, Karl-Marx-Allee 1, Berlin, the exhibition provides a performative space for critical reflections on “translation” as a question that cuts across and undergirds a wide range of realms: linguistic and literal, epistemic and representational, political and social, as well as architectural and artistic. This exhibition—we hope—will become a place of performing radical translations, and weaving and extending rhizomatic connections.

The CPS is an ambitious post-disciplinary and bi-lingual intensive program conducted in both Arabic and/or English. The term-long pilot program saw three stages materialize in between 2021 and 2022: a reading week, a week-long hybrid residency that took place online and in Dheisheh, Palestine, and the in-person exhibition of our participants’ projects in Berlin from the 8th to the 12th of January 2022. The CPS seeks to bring together students, scholars, artists, architects, and activists from a local and transnational network of institutions and communities both in Palestine and across the globe.

The project Critical Practice Studio and the exhibition in Berlin are funded by an Open Society University Network grant.