• Thu 04 04 – Tue 30 07 2024 •
Memory is not only past


The exhibition Memory is not only past explores time, which repeats itself, intensifies and piles up as a course of life before finally reappearing as memory. Time manifests itself not only in human memories, but also in institutional memories, such as archives and objects. Our memories accumulate into biographies of individuals and societies. They also guide our actions in the present. What is at stake?

Four artistic positions, on show in the ADKDW Studio, reflect on this question: Anna Zett recalls her own childhood experiences as she researches acts of resistance in the GDR. Salwa Aleryani explores how buildings and landscapes depicted on national currency change and follow the lives of those who still - or no longer - inhabit them. Barış Doğrusöz translates surveillance architectures into abstract forms whose shadows renders a complex map of geometrical vectors. And in the work of Ute Hörner and Mathias Antlfinger, the animalistic leaves its traces in the human habitat: two parrots were given a model of their own home.

"Dollhouse for Dinosaurs", 2021 / © Hörner/Antlfinger

The exhibition Memory is not only past will open on April 4 in the presence of the artists and marks the beginning of the Not Afraid of Art series, which will run for a total of three years. We cordially invite you to celebrate this opening with us!

Opening: Thur 04 04 2024 | 6-10 pm
Running date: 04 04 2024 - 30 07 2024
Opening times: Fri-Sun | 3-8 pm
ADKDW Studio, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne
Language: German and English
Free entry
The room is step-free accessible

Film still: "Afraid doesn't exist", 2023 / © Anna Zett

Guided tour of the exhibition
Would you like to find out more about the current exhibition and are you interested in the background to the artistic positions and works? We are happy to offer you a guided tour of the exhibition. For further information and booking inquiries, please contact info@adkdw.org.

Additional program
With accompanying film screenings (Afraid doesn’t exist, Kara Kafa), discussions and workshops, we would like to invite you to explore the themes of the exhibition further.

Kara Kafa, 1979 / © Korhan Yurtsever