Titled after the name of a ceremonial song, dance and coming together that is central to Tiwi culture in northern Australia, ‘YOYI is the culmination of a long-term research project by a polyphonic team of artists, scholars and curators addressing issues entangled with care, repair and healing. Virtues which have been successfully implemented or at least have lead to new insights.
The Members of this extraordinary Exhibition
The exhibition features works by 26 artists whose perspectives span continents and epochs: Pierre Adler, Brook Andrew, Kader Attia (who is both artist and a co-curator), Tosh Basco, Mohamed Bourouissa, Andrea Büttner, Lavkant Chaudhary, Lygia Clark, André Eugène, Guyodo, Artemisia Gentileschi, Johanna Hedva, Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Eva Kot’átková, Betty Muffler & Maringka Burton, Grace Ndiritu, People’s Archive of Rural India, Outi Pieski, Paula Rego, Tabita Rezaire & Amakaba, Georgia Sagri, Yhonnie Scarce, Réginald Sénatus, SERAFINE1369 and Wu Tsang.
Care & Repair what’s has been proven to last
‘YOYI’ is Director Stephanie Rosenthal‘s last exhibition at the Gropius Bau and continues her programme focused on care and repair that has especial resonance for this building sited directly on the former Berlin Wall and physically bearing the scars of Germany’s tumultuous C20th. Under her leadership, the exhibition has been co-curated by a team of experts based in Europe, Asia and Australia. Explaining her methodology for such an experimentally democratic approach Rosenthal states:
Mixed Media & Digital Debattes
Working across video, installation, painting and performance, these artists create a spectrum of voices to consider issues such as the politics of health, the resilience of Indigenous knowledge systems, forms of kinship, fair land use and its distribution, decoloniality and the rights of the non-human, all of which have become more palpable due to the acceleration of the climate emergency, global pandemics, political instabilities and the rise of authoritarian and populist regimes.
He is both curator and artist in the show. His long term research and artistic practices revolve around the idea of repair, exploring the wide-ranging effects of Western cultural hegemony and colonialism. He is the curator of the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 2022.
Another of the exhibition’s curators, is an Australian Wiradjuri artist, curator and scholar whose work re-centres Indigenous ways of being by imagining alternative futures and challenging ongoing colonial actions.
Her role as Associate Curator at Large at the Gropius Bau and has been involved in the research for this exhibition from its early stages. Her co-curatorship of the Gwangju Biennale in 2021 focused on an active turn toward matriarchal approaches for restitution of ancestral knowledge.
Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz
Embodies another Co-curator of the exhibition. She is Director of exhibitions and the collection at Centro Botín, Santander; Guest Editor of the Documents of Contemporary Art: Health (2020, Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press), a topic which has been the focus of her research during her tenure as curator at the Wellcome Collection, London.
She is this years Gropius Bau’s In House: Artist in Residence 2021, is a body-focused practitioner and researcher. Their work circles around the integrity of structures, multiplicity, sensuality and relation. They conceived visions, a multi-format live programme with an acupuncture clinic, performances and listening sessions.