About

Titled We don’t need another hero, the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is a conversation with artists and contributors who think and act beyond art as they confront the incessant anxieties perpetuated by a willful disregard for complex subjectivities.

Starting from the position of Europe, Germany, and Berlin as a city in dialogue with the world, the 10th Berlin Biennale confronts the current widespread states of collective psychosis. By referencing Tina Turner’s song from 1985, We Don’t Need Another Hero, we draw from a moment directly preceding major geopolitical shifts that brought about regime changes and new historical figures. The 10th Berlin Biennale does not provide a coherent reading of histories or the present of any kind. Like the song, it rejects the desire for a savior. Instead, it explores the political potential of the act of self-preservation, refusing to be seduced by unyielding knowledge systems and historical narratives that contribute to the creation of toxic subjectivities. We are interested in different configurations of knowledge and power that enable contradictions and complications.

Already launched in July 2017, I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not, the public program of the 10th Berlin Biennale, set the tone in a first event that took place in collaboration with the independent educational initiative Each One Teach One (EOTO) e. V. in Berlin. This was followed by a panel discussion in cooperation with the FNB JoburgArtFair in September 2017. The public program disavows assumed beingness and know-hows, perspectives that are often based on existing, constructed social frameworks and their associated speculations about particular subjectivities. Throughout the buildup to the 10th Berlin Biennale until its conclusion in September 2018, the public program creates situations evading these points of view and, at the same time, proposes a refreshed grammar for facing the present.

We don’t need another hero is curated by Gabi Ngcobo with a curatorial team composed of Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Serubiri Moses, Thiago de Paula Souza, and Yvette Mutumba. It takes place from June 9 to September 9, 2018 at various venues in Berlin.

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Team

DIRECTOR

Gabriele Horn


CURATOR

Gabi Ngcobo


CURATORIAL TEAM

Nomaduma Rosa Masilela
Serubiri Moses
Thiago de Paula Souza
Yvette Mutumba


ARTISTIC OFFICE

Project Coordination
Jeanette Gogoll

Project Management – Artist’s Projects, Production and Research
Edwige Baron

Project Management – Controlling, Venues and Production
Antje Weitzel

Curatorial Assistants
Daniela Sellen
Milena Maffei

Curatorial Assistant – Public Program
Lebohang Tlali

Exhibition Coordination
Malte Roloff

Head of Education and Mediation
Mona Jas

Co-Coordination Education and Mediation
Aleksandra Štor
Khadidiatou Rachel Bangoura

Interns
Aimilia Efthimiou (Feb–April 2018)
Anna Ehrenstein (Jan–April 2018)
Jasa McKenzie (May–Aug 2017)
Katie Bruton (Feb–April 2017)
Katja Ullmann (Aug–Oct 2017)
Ki Hyun Park (April–July 2018)
Mira Herrarte (Oct 2017–Jan 2018)
Susan Abu Baker (May–July 2017)



PRESS AND COMMUNICATION

Head of Press and Communication
Henriette Sölter

Press
Laura Helena Wurth

Assistant Press
Katie Bruton

Marketing
Friederike Dietrich

Assistant Marketing
Christoph Burger
Inka Baumgarte

Online Editor
Mathias Benninghoven

Writer
Magnus Elias Rosengarten


ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

Office Manager to the Director
Eva Marx
Tina Wessel (to July 2017)

Coordinator Opening Days
Mira Herrarte

Assistant Coordination Opening Days
Dmitry Povernov

Registrar
Katerina Gnafaki
Monika Grzymislawska (to Dec 2017)

Guest Relations
Caroline Stummel

Database
Viola Götz

Interns
Alexandra Lange (Mar–June 2018)
Duc Vu Manh (April–July 2018)
Jonathan Stockhorst (Mar–June 2018)


ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCES

Director of Administration
Silke Krummel

Administrative Assistant
Constanze Arendt

Finances
Kati Guhle

Assistant Finances
Tobias Oettel

Network Administration
Roman Suckau

Maintenance
Dieter Sielaff (to Aug 2017)
Konrad Muchow

Legal Advisor
Béla von Raggamby, Lippert v. Raggamby Rechtsanwälte


TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT EXHIBITION

Head of Installation (KW)
Wilken Schade


KW FRIENDS

Office Manager
Sabine Bärenklau


PUBLICATIONS

Managing Editor
Laura Schleussner

Editorial Assistant
Celina Basra

Image Editor
Christoph Blaas

Intern
Anna Wegenschimmel (Feb–May 2018)


VISUAL IDENTITY

Concept, Graphic Design
Maziyar Pahlevan

Web Design
Sasha Portis

Web Development
Joseph Pleass


ADVISORY BOARD
BERLIN BIENNALE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Alexander Farenholtz
Axel Wallrabenstein
Christine Regus
Hortensia Völckers
Klaus Biesenbach
Martin Heller


ORGANIZER

KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V.

Founding Director KW Institute for Contemporary Art and
Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Klaus Biesenbach

Executive Members of the Board
Julia Stoschek
Matthias Sauerbruch
Olafur Eliasson

Board Members
Adam Pendleton
Almut Grüntuch-Ernst
Andreas Dornbracht
Antje Vollmer
Armand Grüntuch
Benita von Maltzahn
Diana Widmaier Picasso
Eberhard Mayntz
Eike Becker
Elise Van Middelem
Erika Hoffmann
Hoor Al-Qasimi
Karen Boros
Kate Merkle
Katharina Sieverding
Klaus Biesenbach
Markus Hannebauer
Martin Heller
Pedro Barbosa
Rivka Saker
Simone Graebner
Stephan Landwehr
Timo Miettinen

Support

FUNDING

The 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).

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