12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Messy Glossary




Proposed by Mahmoud Al-Shaer, translated by Joud Tamimi

Proposed by Muna AnNisa Aikins

Resistance. Resistance?


Resistant. Persistent.

On the move.


I need silence.

But oppression screams at me.

I exist, stand, move

pulled into the struggle.

I want peace.

Not to endure, not to persevere, not to bear,

not even carry, be in resistance.

I want to be quiet. In the silence to recover and unfold,

but life whispers to me, “Scream!”

My power is where the silence starts

and my power is here, in the middle of the cry.