Hamburg, July 15 –18, 2021

Gegenwart: dedicates itself to the fleeting phenomenon present with a recurring exhibition project. The present (Gegenwart) is always twofold: a temporal state and what is present to us, something that has a presence. The present finds its expression here and now. It refuses accessibility because in the moment of reflection the present withdraws and instantaneously becomes the past. Only with a little distance, it becomes clear what the present was all about, what made this specific present and what its potential for the future might have been. (っ^‿^)っ The present is the place where every change begins.

With Gegenwart: we are attempting to make the present somewhat more tangible in the context of an exhibition and performance project. ┬┴┬┴┤(・_├┬┴┬┴ In times of acceleration, fear of the future, and coming to terms with the past, this project aims to draw attention to expressions of experiences of the present, and its reception in contemporary art.

We intend to look at the present every three years from a new perspective. In the course of the first edition 2020/21, the focus will be on youth. Youth is to be understood as a place and an episode in which the present becomes visible in a specific way. We do not assume the existence of the youth, but rather emphasize their performative production in discourses and practices. The notion of youth is often attributed with several attributions, ascriptions, commonplaces, in which expectations, functions and norms of youth are being produced.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the project could not take place as originally planned. For that reason, there was a prologue on September 5, 2020, with works by Gina Fischli, Esben Weile Kjær, and Elif Saydam. The main part of our first edition of Gegenwart:
will take place on July 15 –18, 2021. “ヽ(´▽`)ノ”

*.☆゚September 5, 2020 ☆゚.*

from 4 pm (*^◇^)_旦
Exhibition by Gina Fischli
Galerie Gemüse, Lange Str. 3, 20359 Hamburg


6 pm └( ̄- ̄└))
Pride is temporary – Performance by Esben Weile Kjær
Meeting point Sankt Pauli-Elbtunnel, entrance north


7 pm ( ・・)つ-●●●
Edition by Elif Saydam in an ice cream van with a contribution by Paula Erstmann
Viewpoint platform at the Sankt Pauli-Elbtunnel, entrance south


(*´∀人) The project is funded by the Hamburg Cultural Foundation and the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media. With special thanks to Ahrens Textil-Service GmbH.