Still Hope
In Paradise?

Exhibition, Performance & Discourse




Thu & Fri: 15:00–20:00
Sa & Sun: 15:00–22:00

Free entry
(if not stated otherwise)

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51 years ago, on 8 April 1971, the foundations of the worldwide Roma emancipation movement were established by the First World Roma Congress in Orpington near London. In 2007, the Venice Biennale hosted for the first time a pavilion organised by Roma themselves entitled Paradise Lost.

In 2022, we have found the lost paradise: Paradise is Now!

The long struggles for equality of Roma, People of Color, queer people and other oppressed groups are bearing fruit. Ten years ago, there was not even a memorial for the Sinti and Roma Holocaust victims, same-sex marriage was not possible in Germany. Most exhibitions, theatre performances and films about Roma were made by white artists. We celebrate our successes – it has never been better!

And yet the situation of people stigmatised as “different” is still catastrophic everywhere. Old threats are joined by new dangers: The Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma of Europe is to make way for a subway, racists are spreading (again) in Germany. The climate crisis has the whole world in its grip, war is raging in Europe and racism does not even stop at the situation of flight and expulsion.

In today's paradise, we therefore ask ourselves: Is there still hope? Where is this paradise, for whom? And for how much longer?

The exhibition and the accompanying programme of performances, lectures, discussions, film screenings and concerts deal in particular:

  1. with the intersectional character of oppression and the role of feminism and the queer movement in fighting for paradise,

  2. with social inequality, economic exploitation and its post-colonial, geopolitical dimensions, which are reinforced by globalisation, digitalisation and the use of modern technologies,

  3. with the history of artistic-political self-representation of Roma and other marginalised groups, and with artistic utopias that can be used to counter future pessimism.

Still Hope In Paradise?

Exhibition opening

07.04.22 18:30
With works by Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Emília Rigová, Luna De Rosa, Marcin Tas and George M. Vasilescu
Filed under:
Exhibition, Opening, ACUD

Newly Forgotten Technologies (Five Echoes)

Opening Performance
by and with Wesley Goatley

07.04.22  19:00–19:30
In this performance commissioned for Still Hope In Paradise?, five Amazon Echo smart speakers come to life after having been discarded due to a common malfunction: the inability to connect to the Internet, and through this, to the Amazon data center network. Without the 'magic' of the data center, they are nothing but inert boxes, symbols of a new future for human-computer interaction that never came.

Over the course of five films, each of the Alexa voice assistants trapped within these devices tell a story about how their Echo came to be discarded, each relating to the strange histories and lost futures that these devices are irrevocably tied to - political, ecological, and emotional. The five stories are accompanied by a live score performed by Wesley Goatley. The score is composed entirely from the voice of Alexa - but the voice has been twisted, stretched, and digitally exploited until it becomes a wash of atmospheric ambience, distant rumbles, and half-heard whispers appropriate to the lamenting stories of the five Echoes.
Filed under:
Performance, Opening, ACUD



07.04.22  19:30–23:00
German DJ, artist and writer D.R.E.E.A. established herself as one of the few credible female selectors in Berlin's night life. Original head who started paying her dues writing for - Germany's online hip hop Source. After making moves in New York's musical and artistic underground scene, she settled back in Berlin. Her selection of adventurous and rugged styles of music has garnished her a cult following across Europe.
Filed under:
Party, Opening, ACUD

F*ck Your Paradise!

Parade through the center of Berlin

08.04.22  16:00–18:00

Start at the Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma of Europe > Followed by Parade to Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

51 years ago, on 8 April 1971, the foundations of the worldwide Roma emancipation movement were established by the First World Roma Congress in Orpington near London. After decades of hard work, the human rights and equality struggles are bearing fruit: the situation of Roma, People of Colour, queer and other oppressed people has probably never been better.

And yet: the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe murdered under National Socialism, which was inaugurated only 10 years ago, is still threatened by a subway construction, racists are expanding (again) in Germany. There is war in Europe and racism does not stop even in the situation of flight and expulsion, on the contrary: refugees are treated differently because of their skin colour, religion and country of origin, some are welcome, some are not. This is inhumane and hypocritical!

Therefore, on the 51st World Roma Day, we will take to the streets united! For equal rights, against all fascism! All refugees welcome!
Filed under: Parade, ROMADAY, Public Space

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