"Victims and survivors are the main witnesses of what happened, we are not extras."
(İbrahim Arslan, survivor of the Mölln arson attack in 1992).
The exhibition Offener Prozess is dedicated to the NSU complex. In doing so, it takes the East German reality, especially in Saxony, as a starting point to tell a story of the NSU complex that starts from the migration stories and the continuities of right-wing and racist violence and resistance against it. With the approach of a "living memory," she brings marginalized perspectives into focus. In addition, she takes aim at structural and institutional racism. Artistic contributions by Harun Farocki, Hito Steyerl, belit sağ, Želimir Žilnik, Ulf Aminde, Forensic Architecture and many more are dedicated to the realities of life of guest workers, migration stories, everyday life in Germany and right-wing terrorist violence as well as everyday racism. Activist initiatives remember those who have become victims of this violence and are the loud voices of those who defend themselves against it. Listening is understood here as a political practice, remembering as a process. This exhibition calls for action.
The exhibition will travel to various cities throughout Germany and Europe and will be framed by an educational and accompanying program. Contemporary witnesses will speak, perspectives will be exchanged in discussion formats, impulses will be given through film screenings, people will be brought into conversation with each other in discussion rounds, music by former contract workers will be heard, and the exhibition will be a place of encounter and research. In 2021, the exhibition will be shown in Jena and Chemnitz as well as in Brussels and - in partial excerpts - at thirteen theater locations. In the following years, further stops in cities are planned. From 2025, it will be on view as a permanent exhibition in Chemnitz as part of the Capital of
June to July 2021: Jena, Stadtmuseum
September to November 2021: Chemnitz, Neue Sächsiche Galerie
November to December 2021: Brussels, tba
Ayşe Güleç worked for the Department of the Artistic Director of documenta 14 from 2016 to 2017, from 2018 to 2019 she headed the art education department at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt a.M., and she is currently working again for documenta 15.
Fritz Laszlo Weber is a freelance artist, he studied at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and in 2018 completed his master's degree at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Website: http://fritz-weber.de/
Irène Mélix is an artist and cultural scientist. She studied in Dresden/Kraków and Hildesheim/Paris and works in intersections of political and aesthetic issues. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org