NGBK Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst

contesting/contexting SPORT 2016

09 Jul - 28 Aug 2016

Marc Ohrem-Leclef, Olympic Favela, 2013
9 July - 28 August 2016

Exhibition and program contest the field of SPORT* through critical art and activist practices. Coming from feminist and queer practices, the project aims to challenge discrimination and encourage emancipation. SPORT will be contextualized from its declarative neutrality and autonomy, rendering diverse influences, but also experiences and conditions of SPORT realities visible.

The field of SPORT* is one of the most influential contexts for shaping norms and forming identities - most often in narrow and harmful ways - taking place in many different shapes, forms, and places: from gender discrimination and LGBTIQ* invisibility/ oppression, to site-specific labor exploitation and evictions around mega-sporting events. It is located at the personal and local level; it exists between athletes, within teams, at clubs, amongst coaches, administrators, fans, media and sponsors. It is carried out at the institutional level from educational systems, within professional governing bodies, in policies and organizational practices, and in legislation or lack thereof. It is taking place at the global, hyper-commercialized mega-sport level through the commodification of minds and bodies, city infrastructures and propaganda of nation-state oligarchies; and everything in between. It comes in the form of racism, sexism, (neo)colonialism, homo/bi/transphobia, ageism, ableism, nationalism, along with socio-economic class divisions and many other intersecting axes of difference. SPORT systems are seldom contested or contextualized - instead they are often taken for granted in their contemporary form.

2016: Two mainstream mega-sporting events are taking place this summer - the Men’s European Football Championship (10 Jun-10 Jul) in France and the Olympic Games (5-21 Aug) in Brazil. There is an urgency and opportunity to network, connect and create space for independent, individual and grass-root expressions in/on/with SPORT. Sports can serve as a powerful tool to address discrimination and injustice, as well as inspire creativity, empathy and solidarity both on the field and in society at large.

contesting/contexting SPORT 2016 at nGbK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien will pioneer in materializing a platform for trans-disciplinary exchange at intersections of arts, sports and politics. Researchers, critics, fans and visionaries connect to develop new and share existing work to challenge nationalism, sexism, trans-/inter-/ homophobia, and racism across borders.

Exhibition with: Pascal Anson, Aquahomo, Imtiaz Ashraf, Artúr van Balen, Berlin Bruisers, Željko Blaće, Boxing Queers, Cassils, Manuela Covini, Antoni Hervas Cortes & Panteres Grogues, David Crespo, Tristan Deschamps, Jean-Úlrick Desert, Discover Football, Estelle Fenech, Caitlin D. Fisher, Zsuzsi Flohr, Gabriele Fulterer & Christine Scherrer, Grrrls* Can Skate, Barbara Gruhl, Guerreiras Project, Jason Hall, Tabea Huth, Justin Jorgensen, Brian Kenny, Lola Lasurt, Julia Lazarus, Llobet & Pons, Albert Markert, Marthe’Oh, Tara Mateik, Marisa Maza, Dayna McLeod, Stuart Meyers, David Miguel, Frank J. Miles, Maximilian Moll, Marc Ohrem-Leclef, Les Dégommeuses, Tanja Ostojić, Open Games, Pirate Cinema, Max Pelgrims, Kathrin Rabenort, Rafucko, Saul Selles, Marc Serra, Coral Short, Julia Smit, Spielaufbau, Katja Stuke, Ilaa Tietz, Alexa Vachon, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Tom Weller, QueerSportSplit & Zagreb, Queerfitness Berlin

The discursive program entitled SWEAT DREAMS entails performances, workshops, presentations, lectures and screenings. These pieces further question SPORT norms, amplify critical voices, detect tensions between sport and social justice.
With: Mikel Aristegui, Željko Blaće, Alex Brahim, Vanessa Brazeau, Berlin Bruisers, Jules Boykoff, Copy & Dance, Julien Carrel, Veronica Cendoya, Jennifer Doyle, Zsuzsi Flohr, Caitlin D. Fisher, GEGEN, Diego Grandry, Guerreiras Project, Andrea Liu, Antoine LeBlanc, Philippe Liotard, Llobet & Pons, Tara Mateik, Stuart Meyers, Tanja Ostojić, Rafucko, RKS Gwiazda, Martin Schick, Saul Selles, Coral Short

Tags: Tanja Ostojic