exhibition | talks | films getting across

South Spain, Canary Islands, Immigrants Arriving © Andre Lützen © Andre Lützen

Friday, 2 September – Thursday, 15 September 2016

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)

an exhibition on borders

Since the summer of 2015, one topic has overshadowed all other political issues in Europe: the influx of refugees seeking shelter from murderous civil war in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Eritrea, Nigeria and the Ukraine, as well as from social and political injustice, oppression and atrocities executed in the name of religion. Many were welcomed by governments, but entry was refused to many of them by others.
The differing views between the states of the European Union on how to deal with the phenomenon have not yet been reconciled, but have rather aggravated and exacerbated the situation. What was initially called a “refugee crisis” has turned into a crisis of the European Union.

These developments raise serious questions about the values that shape international politics: Do we move towards a world that is increasingly globalised economically, but at the same time, compartmentalised ethnically, religiously and politically? Do we still move forward towards a world of cosmopolitanism, or do we face a world of isolationism and nationalism?
What social, political and ethical concepts are at hand in order not to be trapped in the ideology of the “fortress of Europe”? What is the alternative to the concept of the nation state, (built on the idea of ethnic, linguistic or religious homogeneity), when it is about to collapse under the pressure of forced migration? How have other countries dealt with similar situations? Where should Europe look when seeking answers to these pressing questions?
South Spain, Canary Islands, Immigrants Arriving © Andre Lützen

Friday, 2 September – Thursday, 15 September 2016
The exhibition will be shown at three venues concurrently.
Bikaner House
Pandara Road
India Gate
Daily, 10:30-18:30
India International Centre (IIC)
Art Gallery
Kamaladevi Complex
40 Max Mueller Marg
Daily, 11:00-19:00
Vadehra Art Gallery
D-53 Defence Colony
Monday-Saturday, 11:00-19:00

getting across, organised by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, is curated on the premise that borders are man-made delineations, based on nothing but arbitrary decisions that nevertheless exert a massive, sometimes gruesome impact on individuals.
The exhibition features the works of artists from across section of cultures and, often overlapping, geographic regions. They are, (in alphabetical order):
Bani Abidi (Pakistan/Germany) | Naman Ahuja (India) | Halil Altindere (Turkey) | Francis Alÿs (Belgium/Mexico) | Raqs Media Collective (India) | Sumit Dayal (India) | Shilpa Gupta (India) | Amar Kanwar (India) | Kimsooja (Korea/USA/France) | Eva Leitolf (Germany) | Erik Levine (USA) | André Lützen (Germany) | Adrian Paci (Albania/Italy) | Kishor Parekh (India) | Mike Parr (Australia) | Tejal Shah (India) | Santiago Sierra (Spain) | Roman Signer (Switzerland) | Javier Téllez (Venezuela) | Jens Ullrich (Germany) | Lin Yilin (China/USA) | Zarina (India)
Bikaner House
Conference Hall
Pandara Road
India Gate
Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 18:30
India International Centre (IIC)
Seminar Rooms 2 & 3, First Floor, Kamaladevi Complex
40 Max Mueller Marg
Saturday, 10 September 2016, 18:30-21:00

In conjunction with the exhibition talks will take place, addressing the implications of the influx of asylum seekers on internal European politics.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016, 18:30
Speakers include: Moderator: Gayatri Sinha (Delhi) | Dr. Leonhard Emmerling (Delhi) | Amar Kanwar (Delhi)

Saturday, 10 September 2016, 18:30-21:00 
Speakers include: Moderator: Aman Sethi (Delhi) | Prof. Dr. Aladin El-Mafaalani (Münster) | Dr. Mark Terkessidis (Berlin) | Prof. Vaiju Naravane (Delhi)
Haunted © distributor/mec film

Siddhartha Hall
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
Friday, 23 September 2016, 17:00
Saturday, 24 & Sunday 25 September 2016, 12:00-20:00

A curated package of films will explore the migratory phenomena while focusing on themes of identity, nation state and nationhood.
Films include: Haunted, Director: Liwaa Yazji, Syria, 2014, Colour, 112 mins, Arabic with English subtitles
| Meteorstrasse (Meteor Street), Director: Aline Fischer, Germany, 2016, Colour, 84 mins, German with English subtitles | Jahaji Music: India in the Caribbean, Director: Surabhi Sharma, India, 2007, Colour, 112 mins, English
Exhibition partners:
Exhibition Partners © IIC & VAG

Academic partner:
Jawaharlal Nehru University © JNU

With thanks to:
The artists and Gallery Espace, New Delhi; Experimenter, Kolkata; Peter Kilchmann Galerie, Zurich; Galerie Kewenig, Berlin; Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich; Pilot, Istanbul. Sunita & Vijay Choraria, Mumbai.
getting across is curated by Leonhard Emmerling and Kanika Kuthiala; organised by Farah Batool and Shweta Wahi; with thanks to Eleonora Dutton.