In this participatory performance, the artist Ülkü Süngün teaches interested passers-by in a one-on-one situation how to pronounce the names of the ten victims murdered by the NSU correctly. After a sound training for the Turkish pronunciation of letters such as “r”, “z”, “ı”, “ç” as a preliminary exercise, the individual names of the victims are first recited by the artist, then the participants repeat them, are corrected individually and then recite them together, amplified via loudspeakers. In the act of repetitive pronunciation of the ten names – in the choir of the participants – memory and recognition resonate. It is the attempt to create a temporary memorial to Enver Şimşek, Abdurrahim Özüdoğru, Süleyman Taşköprü, Habil Kılıç, Mehmet Turgut, İsmail Yaşar, Theodoros Boulgarides, Mehmet Kubaşık, Halit Yozgat and Michèle Kiesewetter and to keep their memory alive. The project sees itself as a critical reflection on practices of memory culture in public space in connection with the NSU murders. Who gets monuments and who does not? How can remembrance take place in the public sphere if it does not take up public space in the form of monuments? And how does individual and collective memory take place within language?
The performance emerges from an activist context. In supporting events held in cooperation with local initiatives, a reference to each respective location will be established.
22.08. 18.00 Historisches Museum, Frankfurt
23.08. 18.00 Historisches Museum, Frankfurt
Panel discussion & Workshop:
22.08. 10.00–13.00 at AmkA Frankfurt (Mainzer Landstraße 293, Frankfurt)
In the run-up to the performances, a panel discussion on the topic of remembrance politics with guests from various local initiatives will take place on 22.08.2020 in the rooms of the AmkA from 10.00 – 13.00. The panel discussion will focus on commemoration and remembrance work with victims of extreme right-wing violence. Forms of solidarity and empowerment will be at the centre of attention. What are community forms of remembrance that respect the needs of victims and survivors and strengthen their demands? On the other hand, a workshop will question and analyse processes of gentrification and repression from the perspective of racialised people and discuss possibilities of resistance through initiatives and campaigns using the example of the Frankfurt Gallus as well as the Bahnhofsviertel (train station district) and present them as practices of a solidary urban society.
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Concept und Performance: Ülkü Süngün
Ülkü Süngün studied sculpture in Stuttgart. In various media like photography, video, installation and lecture performances, she deals with the issues of migration, identity politics and the politics of remembrance in a critical manner. At the moment, she and the Institute for Artistic Migration Studies (Institut für Migrationsstudien – IKMF) that she founded are holders of the studio scholarship of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.
Most recently, her work GEMEINGUT JUNGBUSCH, which is her artistic research and exhibition project on the correlations of migration, art spaces and gentrification, was shown at zeitraumexit (Mannheim).
The work is supported by the STADTLABOR of the Historisches Museum Frankfurt.