Takdir. Die Anerkennung.

Ülkü Süngün

(c) Nadine Bracht

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

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.