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Ulf Aminde

Ulf Aminde
Ulf Aminde | © Ulf Aminde

Ulf Aminde conducted 5-Day long art workshop “Examining Performance Art” from 8th to 12th February 2019 in Dhaka. On 9th February, he gave a lecture on the topic “Learning from big mistakes” at GI auditorium.

My first impression of Bangladesh…

Very, very positive, because of the inspiring and collaborative encounters with the artists I got to know here.

Things in Dhaka that remind me of my hometown Berlin…
Nothing at all. But when I found garment labels and 99 euro price tags in the trash behind the Garmin Company building, it soon became apparent what Bangladesh has to do with the global North. 

One thing I’ve noticed in Bangladesh (that’s not so typical in Germany)…
Extreme impartiality in the conversations and discussions with artists from Dhaka when we introduced each other to our respective works.

An enduring memory of Bangladesh…
How queer performance artists incorporate their grief over a person who is very close to them into their work. The particular individual was brutally murdered because of her sexual identities.

Ulf Aminde is a Berlin based artist. While operating with performance, film and documentation, his work focuses on social struggles, self-empowerment, strategies of subjectivation and anti-authoritarian collectives. All of his works are characterized by experimental collaboration, based on criticism of discrimination, exclusion and power. He is teaching at the Weissensee school of art berlin, where he initiated the *foundationClass, a study program for artist who had to flee to Germany. In Cologne, Germany, he is developing a film and participation-based monument to the memory of those affected by the racist bomb attacks perpetrated by the terrorist NSU network. Selected group exhibitions include BerlinBiennale4, KW Berlin, Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz, Berlinische Galerie, NGBK Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, MARTa Herford, Steirischer Herbst, Schirn Frankfurt, Kästner Gesellschaft Hannover, MoCA Taipei, Kunstverein Heidelberg, Kunstverein Wolfsburg and Galerie Tanja Wagner.