Not Afraid of Art


With ALI HUSSEIN AL-ADAWY, DOA ALY, YENNU ARIENDRA, STEFANIE BAILEY, ANTONIA BEESKOW, WALTRAUD BLISCHKE, MERV ESPINA, RAED IBRAHIM, NAEEM MOHAIEMAN, DIRK PAESMANS (JODI COLLECTIVE), BOJANA PISKUR, RITA PONCE DE LEON, KESHAV PURUSHOTHAM, SALWA ALERYANI, BARIŞ DOĞRUSÖZ, HÖRNER/ANTLFINGER, ANNA ZETT,KORHAN YURTSEVER ,YUSSIF MUSAH

The fabric of the world continues to constantly change through wars, uprisings, migrations, pandemics, melting ice, devastating fires, scarcity of food resources and shifts in capital. Titled Not Afraid of Art the ADKDW invites to explore how the world, the world of art and the world of cultural institutions can be rethought.

With Not Afraid of Art, the ADKDW will be presenting a 3-year project in which the academy members and international artists and thinkers collaborate with the art scene in Cologne. The aim is to create a space for (co)learning and to cultivate an understanding of the social and political potential of the arts. Within this broad project, the exhibition Memory is not only past will kick off in April 2024. The exhibition probes time as it manifests itself not only in human memories, but also as institutional subjects, objects and archives. Our memories accumulate into biographies of individuals and societies. They also guide our actions in the present. What is at stake? Accompanying performances, film screenings and workshops provide an opportunity to explore these issues.

Artists are also exploring the Not Afraid of Art project in texts, drawings and sound pieces. The commissioned works circulate in the ADKDW's digital and physical publications. Furthermore an annually summer academy will delve deeper into the leitmotif Not Afraid of Art. Accompanied by musical performances, the academy members and their guest speakers will enter into a dialogue with the local cultural scene in lectures and talks. We cordially invite artists, cultural professionals and all interested Cologne residents to engage, learn and discuss together with us!