Echoes of the Past

Echoes of the Past is an exhibition series celebrating its tenth anniversary, called The Artists Kalevala, created by The Kalevala Society, The Finnish Institute in Japan and The Finnish Institute in Germany. Curated by: Dr. Christine Nippe, Kenji Kubota and Arja Elovirta.

Art and Museum Center Sinkka
Kultasepänkatu 2
04250 Kerava, Finland
Opening: 26.01.18 6-9pm


The series of “Trouble Diaries” brings into account another perspective in the way in which artists employ strategies of performance while also appropriating traditional genres, to reveal how the female body becomes a political subject when exposed as a critical weapon. The core concept for these artists, whose work centers on the body, can be traced to Judith Butler who declared that gender is a cultural construct. Your body does not belong to oneself, but is subject to public scrutiny, and your personal diary becomes part of a public agenda. Curated by: Dermis P. León.

Big House, Contemporary Art Center

76 Linjiang Avenue Wuchang

District Wuhan, China

Exhibition: November 30 – December 30, 2017

Opening: November 29, 2017, 7 pm

Sans papiers – Das Leben ist eine Reise

Das Kunstprojekt sans papiers – Das Leben ist eine Reise hat einen transdisziplinären Charakter und arbeitet mit Protagonist_innen zusammen, die auf unterschiedlichsten Ebenen eigene Erfahrungen mit dem Thema Migration und Flucht, mit „sans-papiers“ (also mit Menschen ohne Status und ohne offizielle Papiere und Dokumente) gemacht haben. Sans papiers, Teil 3.3 schafft Begegnungen, ermöglicht Zusammenarbeit und Austausch, setzt sich mit Möglichkeiten eines gesellschaftsverändernden Prozesses auseinander, stößt politische Debatten an, mit dem Ziel, die Aufteilung in «sie» und «wir» zu überwinden. Es entwickelt Strukturen zur Aneignung von Raum und Platz, Aneignung von gesellschaftlichen und künstlerischen Möglichkeiten und Aneignung von Strategien des Überlebens an einem neuen Ort. Mit Hamid Sulaiman.

Kurt – Kurt Kunst und Kontext im Stadtlabor Moabit
Lübecker Straße 13 | 10559 Berlin
Exhibition: 14.11 – 02.12.2017
Opening: 14.11.2017, 7 pm
Closing party: 02.12.2017, 5 pm


Rituals; Collection on Display

The exhibition format «Collection on Display» presents works from the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst’s collection in a three-part series of thematic shows titled Communities, Rules and Rituals. Building on the previous installments Communities and Rules, Rituals explores the social functions of rituals and the significance of ritual performative actions in contemporary art.
Featuring artworks by:
Olaf Breuning Daniele Buetti, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Delia Gonzalez, Douglas Gordon, Mathilde ter Heijne, Ragnar Kjartansson, Seb Patane, Gavin Russom, Hanna Schwarz

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich
Exhibition: 26.08.2017 – 05.11.2017


Do you remember?

Do you remember? zeigt vier internationale bildende Künstler_innen aus Berlin. Sie sind nach Helsinki gereist, um sich mit dem finnischen Nationalepos Kalevala zu beschäftigen, dessen Verse Elias Lönnrot 1835 erstmalig veröffentlichte. Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, Oliver Godow, Mathilde ter Heijne und Jorinde Voigt sind in die Welt des Kalevala eingetaucht, um Gedanken und Fragen zu Mythos, Erinnerung, Gedächtnis und einem Wir ästhetisch neu zu formulieren. Neue visuelle Arbeiten beschäftigen sich mit Interpretation und Reaktion auf die mündlich überlieferte finnische Mythologie, die in Versform und Klang einzigartig ist.
Kuratiert von Dr. Christine Nippe

Finnland-Institut, Georgenstr. 24, Berlin
Exhibition: September 15th to December 15th, 2017
Opening with performance: Thursday, September 14th, 17.00


Again and Again

Die Ausstellung zeigt Werke von Künstlerinnen und Künstlern die eine Faszination für das gespaltene oder reproduzierte Subjekt aufweisen. Ob es der Künstler selbst ist, der persönliche Mythologien schafft, oder ob es die Figuren in seinem fiktionalen Universum sind, die fragmentiert und repliziert werden, hinterfragen die Arbeiten das Verständnis von dem Selbst um die Jahrtausendwende.

Sammlung Goetz im Haus der Kunst, München
Exhibition: September 15th, 2017 to April 8th, 2018


Atopia: Migration, Heritage, and Placelessnes

Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection.
The exhibition focuses on the practices and representations of the ways in which artists have accessed, rehearsed, participated in and negotiated concepts of “place” or “place of origin,” their past, heritage, and cultural ambiguities, with all the dilemmas such notions provoke. Origin / locality is not a neutral point of reference. What seems to be just a geographic denotation, comes with an apparatus of definitions and is grounded in systems of authority. Geography and place-bound symbolisms incorporates a (very rigid) signifying system through which individuals and collectives register and express their identities.

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Lima, Peru
Opening: August 15th, 2017


International group exhibition that examines the multiple relationships between sexuality and darkness within the neoliberal world of permanent lighting. Through the various works and curatorial strategies, 89 Nights aims to show how modernity / coloniality has held dichotomies – such as light and dark, black and white, masculine and feminine, and provided a basis for establishing a hierarchy between these, about sexuality, gender, ‚race‘ and class. Curated by Carolina Chacon and Stephanie Noach.

Through a series of artistic projects 89 Nights explores how the gloom, the absence of light and night, challenging sexual and social conventions lit environment, and how they have offered land for imaginary play on historically hidden and marked sexual behavior. Instead of focusing on the bad and dark surrounding darkness, the exhibition suggests that the dark offers opportunities resistance and liberation. Exploring these subversive potential, 89 Nights problematize the ways in which understood the darkness within modernity ally of violence, viciousness and barbarism. Therefore, the project asks how the legacies of colonial modernity have influenced speeches about darkness, „race“, gender and sexuality in the Global South, specifically Latin America.

The Museum of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
Exhibition: Mai 17Th to August 13th, 2017



For 36 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran was isolated with regard to foreign policy and was subject to a trade embargo. After the sanctions against Tehran were lifted in spring 2016, hope is growing that the barriers for a cultural exchange between Iran and the West will decrease and that cultural life will renew. The project <em>Copy/Paste</em> examines the artistic use of the ubiquitous “copy / paste culture”. The analysis of the phenomenon of duplication / copy is rooted deeply in both cultures: European art discourse is based on the concept of the aura of a work of art, in other words: its uniqueness, whereas Middle Eastern Cultures consider religious-spiritual notions of the sign’s efficacy through the Ornamental. In the digital and the global age, the phenomena of reproduction have accelerated and intensified. In their artistic works, the participants of the <em>Copy/Paste </em>project are addressing the phenomenon of “copy/ paste” in the cultural, ecological, economic, identity- and media-related fields. Conception and Curator: Shahram Entekhabi.

KAAF non-profit Institute & Tarahan Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
CC Art Space, Isfahan
Opening: April 20, 2017


To celebrate their 10th Filmfest, LICHTER Filmfest will be presenting a SPECIAL SCREENING showing works from all last 6th edition winners and selected works from some of the jury members. Winners: LUCIANA LAMOTHE (AR, 2011), OLIVER HUSAIN(D/CAN, 2012), JOHN SKOOG (S/D, 2013), BERTRAND FLANET (F/D, 2014), JONATHAN VAN ESSCHE (B, 2015) and JAMES N. KIENITZ WILKINS (USA, 2016); Jury: JUDITH HOPF ( 2011), MIKE BOUCHET (2012), SIMON STARLING (2013) and MATHILDE TER HEIJNE (2017)

Lichter Filmfest Studionaxos, Waldschmidtstrasse 19, 60318 Frankfurt am Main
Screening: 1. April 2017 at 4 PM



Karlheinz Stockhausen’s musical theatre work<em> Originale</em> (Originals, or „Real People“) , composed in 1961 during a trip to Finnland, is closely related to the history of the Fluxus movement. It was<i></i><b><i> </i></b>written in collaboration with the artist Mary Bauermeister and was first performed in 1961 in Cologne. In Originale Stockhause combined his electric acoustic composition KONTAKTE with an happening and eventscore and the specification to make a theater of non-representation, in which the participants perform ‚themselves‘.

February 23th – March 5th, 2017, from 8 – 9.30 pm  / Premiere at February 22th, 8 pm Werkstatt – Staatsoper im Schillertheater, Bismarckstraße 110, 10625 Berlin


Feministische Netzwerke: Kollaboration, Information und Diskussion

Discussion, lecture, and conversation with Mathilde ter Heijne on ff, about feminist networks and collaboration on the occasion of the 150 year celebration of the Verein der Berliner Kunstlerinnen.

11.01. 2017, 18:00-20:00
Alexander und Renata Camaro Stiftung
Potsdamer Straße 98A, 10785 Berlin



Community-Based, Decad

‚Community-Based‘ presents a series of long-term, socially-engaged projects realised by artists and other cultural workers, specifically located in Berlin. Immediately prior to the opening reception, the artist Mathilde ter Heijne will speak on her work in Decad’s Hinterhaus lecture space. Ter Heijne is one of the primary six artists to be included in ‚Community-Based‘. Her artist talk will begin at 18:00. The reception is scheduled to run from 19:00 to 22:00.

November 12th, 2016, 18:00
Decad’s Hinterhaus
Gneisenaustrasse 52, 10961, Berlin, Germany


ATOPIA Migration, Heritage and Placelessness

Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection
Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador
August 10 – September 29, 2016


Radical Peace: Bridging the Empathy Gap

A Situated Assembly: Körnerpark, Schierker Strasse 8
01.09.2016, 19.00 – 22.30
For the finnissage of Mathilde ter Heijne’s exhibition at Körnerpark, Berlin Blood Sweat and Tears, a symposium will take place from September 1st to 4th assembling different theoreticians and practitioners to discuss the topic of conflict resolution using Bracha Ettinger’s matrixial gaze
as a point of departure. Three speakers will speak Thursday September 1st: Ewa Majewska on weak resistance, Olga Lewicka on the politics of mothering, and Katia Krupennikova on confusion and sensitivity of Post-Peace era.


Atopia: Migration, Heritage, and Placelessnes

Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection in Quito, Ecuador.
The exhibition will open August 9th at the CCM, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, and run through October 2nd.


Körnerpark, Blood Sweat and Tears— Assembling Past and Future

In her exhibition at Körnerpark, Mathilde ter Heijne directs a network of cultural workers and peace activists in oder to bring about reflections on current world crisis through the meditation upon the first International Women’s Peace Conference in The Hague, first convened in World War I. The project is divided into two parts. The first part comprises a research project that began in 2005, Women to Go, with a special series based on women peace activists.

June 25th to September 4th 2016
Schierker Str. 8, 12051 Berlin, Germany

Get Involved!, Kunst und ihre Aufmerksamkeitsökonomien

Discussion and Public Hearing with Christian Jankowski, Curator of Manifesta11, Carmen Weisskopf & Domagoj Smoljo – !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Mathilde ter Heijne, Artist, Christian Falsnaes, Artist/Performer, and an introduction from Hedwig Fijen, Director of the Manifesta Foundation
Moderated by Max Glauner

In the event of the launch of KUNSTFORUM international, Get involved!, Participation as artistic strategy.

in the room of Manifesta11
Location: Cabaret der Künstler
Zunfthaus Voltaire; Spiegelgasse 1, CH 8001 Zürich
Sonday, 12. June 2016, 17:00
free entrance

ANDERE ENGEL, Höhenrausch

F.F.A.L. (Fake Female Artist Life) will be shown in Andere Engel at Höhenrausch in Linz, Austria. The work will be on view from May 21st until October 16th along with artists Ilya and Emilia Kabokov, Igor Grubic, and Ammar Abo Bakr to name a few.

Exhibition: May 21st to October 16th
Opening: Friday, May 20th, 18.00

OÖ Kulturquartier
OK-Platz 1, 4020 Linz


Vom Wert der Kunst als Wert der Arbeit

Curated by Sabine Maria Schmidt, the exhibition Vom Wert der Kunst als Wert der Arbeit is a group show featuring ACAD&C, Johannes Bendzulla, Céline Berger, Christian von Borries, Robert Brambora, Sven Johne, Florian Kuhlmann, Christian Lahr, M+M, Mutter/Genth, Alexander Roob, Robert Schlicht, Romana Schmalisch, Andreas Siekmann, Katja Stuke, and Mathilde ter Heijne.

Exhibition: April 30th to June 19th, 2016
Opening: Friday, April 29th, 19:00

Ronsdorfer Straße 77a
40233 Düsseldorf