Impulse Theater Festival

Cologne, Düsseldorf, Mülheim an der Ruhr

4–14 June 2020

STRICKEN, DIE INSTALLATION


How do Afro-German women relate to the past lives of their white grandmothers? In STRICKEN we see video portraits of six granddaughters who talk about Nazism and deep-seated resentments, about love and favourite meals cooked by their grannies, about their family heritage and present-day racism.

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Tanzfaktur, Studio 5
Language: German with English subtitles

Extra:
05.06. 16:00 Talk in German with the artist and Jennifer Teege, the author of ‘My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me’. Chaired by Wilma Renfordt, Dramaturg, Impulse Theater Festival

© Carolin Seeliger
© Carolin Seeliger
© Carolin Seeliger

Magda Korsinsky has interviewed six women about their families: what were the values passed down to you? Which ones did you practice, question, change or reject? The results are open and honest portraits — projected onto cloth banners made from textiles that these women found in their grandmothers’ wardrobes: bed sheets, tablecloths and towels, some of which they have known since they were children. For these women their family history is something that binds them and separates them at the same time because unlike their white grandparents, under the Nazis they would have been among the persecuted. So how do they react to the guilt of their ancestors?

STRICKEN was inspired by the book ‘My Grandfather would have shot me’ by Jennifer Teege, who found out at the age of 38 that she is the granddaughter of the concentration camp Kommandant Amon Göth. “Anyone who is related to Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Göring or Amon Göth is forced to confront their family history,” Teege writes. “But what about all the others, those many nameless people who went along or joined in with what they did?” Jennifer Teege will be one of the guests at an audience discussion on 5 June.

Credits

Director, Installation, Interview: Magda Korsinsky
Sound, Video: Stefan Korsinsky
Seamstresses: Kunji Baerwald, Sofia Vannini
Interviewees: Binta, Denise, Matti, Miriam, Shaheen, Stephanie
Contact for touring enquiries: Magda Korsinsky, contact@magdakorsinsky.com

Production

In co-operation with Ballhaus Naunynstraße and Savvy Contemporary e.V. By kind permission of DENGLER und DENGLER Galerie für Schöne Künste, Stuttgart. With the generous support of the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin, and the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.

Biographies

Magda Korsinsky ist bildende Künstlerin, Choreografin und Dozentin mit tschechisch-eriträischem Hintergrund. Sie studierte bildende Kunst an der UdK Berlin, der ENSBA Paris und der AVU Prag und präsentierte ihre Arbeiten in zahlreichen Ausstellungen. 2012 schloss sie ihr Choreografiestudium am HZT Berlin ab. Ihre choreografischen Arbeiten wurden u. a. zu den Tanztagen in den Sophiensælen eingeladen, im Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin und in den Uferstudios gezeigt. Seit 2014 hat sie drei Tanzstücke am Ballhaus Naunynstraße realisiert: „Gazes that Matter“ sowie mit STRICKEN und „PATTERNS“ zwei Arbeiten, in denen sie Gesten mit ihrer Sozialisiertheit und Eigensinnigkeit als Ausgangspunkt für eine Reflexion Schwarzer Identitäten in Deutschand nutzt.

Stefan Korsinsky ist Diplom-Kulturwissenschaftler und Gründungsmitglied von Expander Film Berlin. Er studierte Kulturwissenschaften und ästhetische Praxis in Hildesheim sowie Soziologie und Germanistik in Bielefeld. Stefan Korsinsky arbeitet als Filmemacher und unterrichtet an der Code University of Applied Sciences Berlin.