The Miseducation of Education

  • 4.8.2022 Thursday 5 — 6.30 pm

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
Limited wheelchair access

With: Arootin Mirzakhani and Samira Ghoualmia

Too often, art education is understood within the system of art as a form of care without anyone really actually caring. In its assigned role of building bridges between institutionally generated hierarchical fragmentations, art education cannot play the role of the powerless caregiver in institutional power play. Instead of expecting art education to repair structurally induced injuries, the focus must be on the wounds themselves. In the context of the 12th Berlin Biennale and its focus on repair and decolonial processes, the question must be: Can art education be repaired? Together we want to explore these questions in the focus tour, rubbing and scratching the smooth surface of the White Cube.

Arootin Mirzakhani lives_works with a focus on the use of art as a thinking system to situate hegemonic conditions structurally within togetherness—one’s own un_freedom and that of others is essential.

Samira Ghoualmia is writer, art educator, and art historian of African art history. She researches possibilities of postcolonial education that consider art mediation as a political and artistic practice. She works as the project manager of education and mediation of the 12th Berlin Biennale.

Focus tours invite you to explore inside and outside the exhibition space and sharpen your seeing, listening, and thinking, based on specific themes. Focus tours are a mix between public tour and workshop. They are free of charge and are organized by the Berlin Biennale educational team.

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