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  • Šejla Kamerić: Liberty, 2015, Courtesy Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • Flaka Haliti: Ex-Spatium, 2013/2017, Courtesy the artist and LambdaLambdaLambda, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • Dejima. Concepts of In- and Exclusion, installation view, GAK Bremen 2017, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • Arno Auer: Daïmé, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • (in front) Rory Pilgrim: Radical! Radical!, 2015, Courtesy andriesse eyck galerie; (in the back) Arno Auer: Daïmé, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • Rory Pilgrim: Radical! Radical! (Detail), 2015, Courtesy andriesse eyck galerie, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • Rory Pilgrim: Radical! Radical! (Detail), 2015, Courtesy andriesse eyck galerie, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • Dejima. Concepts of In- and Exclusion, installation view, GAK Bremen 2017, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • 9a- Ahmet Öğüt: Perfect Lovers, 2008/2017, Courtesy KOW Berlin, Photo: Tobias Hübel
  • Dejima. Concepts of In- and Exclusion, installation view, GAK Bremen 2017, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • Anca Munteanu Rimnic: Untitled (Detail), 2015, Courtesy PSM Berlin, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • Leon Kahane: FRONTEX #4 (Jacket), Warschau, 2009 und FRONTEX #5 (Flipchart), Warschau, 2009, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch
  • Catherine Biocca: Hot Date, 2016, Courtesy PSM Berlin, Photo: Franziska von den Driesch

Dejima. Concepts of In- and Exclusion

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26.05–06.08.2017

Dejima – a small artificial island of approx. 9.000 sqm, built in the bay of Nagasaki 1634–1636 by local Japanese merchants. This island remained the only place of direct trade and exchange between Japan and Europe until 1853, for more than 200 years. Dejima was built to allow business relations in times of “sakoku”, the foreign relations policy of Japan, under which no Japanese could leave, nor could any foreigner enter the country on penalty of death or life imprisonment. After the primordial resided Portuguese traders left the island, it was used by the Dutch East India Company as a trading post from 1641.

In the context of the group exhibition at the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Dejima serves as an image for a situation of national, cultural and social in- and exclusion: The Western traders were isolated on the island, accepting these conditions because of economic interests, while Japan could retain its independence from colonial powers and yet still conduct trade. Although the strict isolation was repeatedly circumvented by both sides, with some cultural goods from Asia landing in the West and, likewise, books, medical instruments and information reaching Japan from Europe, Dejima stands for a situation in which no deeper encounters and no coexistence with equal rights could be achieved. The alien remained alien and mutual prejudices endured.

In an age positioned between the poles of cosmopolitan utopia and resurgent national ideologies, in which exclusion and isolation are increasingly becoming positive slogans among right-wing populist rhetorics, the international group exhibition at the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst examines mechanisms of demarcation and marginalisation. “Dejima. Concepts of In- and Exclusion” combines films, installations, objects, photographs, performances, audio works, participative projects, paintings and paper works of a younger generation of artists that address the drawing of mental and territorial boundaries and advocate ways of social interaction, that are not dominated by fear of the foreign, but include understanding for each other and things that we may not (yet) know.

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26.05–06.08.2017

Bani Abidi
Meriç Algün
Arno Auer
Catherine Biocca
Marianna Christofides
Christian Falsnaes
Flaka Haliti
Leon Kahane
Šejla Kamerić
Wolfgang Müller
Ahmet Öğüt
Rory Pilgrim
Anca Munteanu Rimnic

20.05.–06.08.17

Curated by
Janneke de Vries

Annual editions

Leon Kahane: OSNC, 2017
Anca Munteanu Rimnic, Untitled Original, 2015

Events

Fri 19.05.17, 7 pm
Opening

Sat 20.05.17 , 6-1 pm
Long Night of the Bremen Museums

Thu 08.06.17, 7 pm
Guided tour with Asima Amriko

Thu 22.06.17, 7 pm
Promises
(documentary, USA 2001, 85 min.)
Film screening

Mon 26.06.17, 2-6 pm
Of islands and bridges
Workshop for children

Thu 29.06.17, 7 pm
Guided tour by and with refugees
(in Arabic with German translation)

Thu 06.07.17, 7 pm
Kirsten Ben Haddou: Silent University
Lecture

Thu 13.07.17, 7pm
Guided tour with Janneke de Vries

Thu 27.07.17, 7 pm
Astrid Mania: Political for fifteen minutes
Lecture

Mon 31.07.17, 11-15
Of islands and bridges
Workshop for children

Sun 06.08.17, 11 am – 3 pm
Finissage

Support

Senator of Culture of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen,  Karin und Uwe Hollweg Stiftung

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