"Lady Dada Kalam" by Huma Sherzai (Afghanistan), Huda AL-Janabi (Iraq) and more with Taswir projects

With "Lady Dada Kalam", the third stop of the CrossCulture Tour made a stop in Berlin. In the exhibition performance, visitors were greeted by the horror vacui of a baroque, overflowing art production. The exhibition mixed the formats in which contemporary, antique, exotic and domestic objects are usually shown.

By means of Dadaist montages and with reference to an old, non-static theory of time (Kalam), they staged a temporary art space in which 40 contemporary artists present their most diverse works. Precious antique objects, valuable kilims, dolls and jewellery from Afghanistan, as well as Steffi Weismann's sound installation commissioned especially for this exhibition, were part of the four-day exhibition.

Lady Dada Kalam is the brainchild of A.S. Bruckstein Çoruh with Taswir projects. CrossCulture alumna Huma Sherzai from Kabul and Huda Al-Janabi from Baghdad, together with four other female alumni of Taswir projects and ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) are co-curating the project. Other participants in the exhibition included: Anahita - Arts of Asia, the auction house "Meine Kleine Mnemosyne", the Neiriz Collection, Café Valentin and the KuLe Art Museum itself.

Impressions of "Lady Dada Kalam"

Impressions from the Curation Process

Double Portraits Saloniki from Simon Wachsmuth & Anonymous, 2012 / w.d. (© all Fotos: Taswir)
Double Portraits Saloniki from Simon Wachsmuth & Anonymous, 2012 / w.d. (© all Fotos: Taswir)
Curator Friederike Ruff with dolls straight from Kabul, Afghanistan.
Curator Friederike Ruff with dolls straight from Kabul, Afghanistan.
Opening a precious book.
Opening a precious book.
[Translate taEvery art object needs to be photographed and displayed within the "Online-Atlas".o English:] Jeder ausgestellte Kunstobjekt wird abfotografiert und ist anschließend im Online-Atlas auffindbar.
Every art object needs to be photographed and displayed within the "Online-Atlas".
Photosession of art with Photographer Melanie Hübner.
Photosession of art with Photographer Melanie Hübner.
"Lady Dada Kalam"-Initiator Huma Scherzai with art objects from Afghanistan.
"Lady Dada Kalam"-Initiator Huma Scherzai with art objects from Afghanistan.

About the Co-Initiator

Huma Sherzai; Foto: ifa/Kuhnle

Huma Sherzai works as consultant for psycho-social well-being as part of the team of the Ziviler Friedensdienst (ZFD) which was initiated by the German Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ – organization for international cooperation) in Kabul. Huma Sherzai graduated from the University of Peshawar in Pakistan with a master’s degree in psychology specialized on diagnose and psychotherapy. During the last six years, she worked in the fields of mental health psychology, peace-building, non-violent communication as well as artistic design. As CrossCulture fellow, she worked together with Taswir projects, a Berlin institute that develops concepts for research projects and exhibitions with international artists, scholars and institutions.

"Lady Dada Kalam" took place from: 29 June until 2 July 2017 at Kunsthaus KuLe, Auguststraße 10, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, Website: dadakalam.org

In Cooperation with

Taswir Projects is a nomad platform for future architectures of knowledge, an imaginary institute for the conception of artistic and creative knowledge paths. Taswir Projects cooperates with a broad selection of artists, scholars, curators, scientists and other freelancers worldwide. Together, they work in a project-based and site-specific way on freely associated topics without the acknowledgement of disciplinary borders. Spontaneous constellations that often evolve “out of the blue” due to questions on-site, are developed into big international projects, and result in collaborations with universities, international festivals, cultural institutions such as theatres, museums, galleries, music studios, etc.

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