On Illness, Resistance and Modes of Collective (Health) Care

05/09/2021 — 31/12/2021

Grafik: Noël Labridy nach Rest von Sophie Utikal aus der Serie When they returned to their Bodies, they returned home, 2019.

Discoteca Flaming Star, Alive (Hospital(y)tis), 5. September 2021. Foto: Andrea Keppler

Intimer Spaziergang auf dem Alten St.-Matthäus-Kirchhof, angeleitet von Eugen Januschke, als Teil von A Day Assembly of Living-on Together, 10. Oktober 2021. Foto: Andrea Keppler.

Nuray Demir, Sharing the Healing Power of Roses, 2021, Fotos: Chiara Faggionato

Nuray Demir, Sharing the Healing Power of Roses, 2021, Fotos: Chiara Faggionato

Inga Zimprich (Feminist Health Care Research Group)- A Special Issue in Power. Foto: Chiara Faggionato.

Kallia Kefala, Müde, 2021, Ausstellungsansicht. Foto: Chiara Faggionato.

Event series with Alive (Hospital(y)tis), intimate talks and walks, workshops, Bar of Tears & exhibition with growing archive

with contributions by Johanna Ackva, Nuray Demir, Discoteca Flaming Star (CGB, Sara Pereira, Sofia Lomba, WM), Eugen Janusche (denkmal PositHIV e.V.), European HIV/AIDS Archive, Rully Malay (Waria Crisis Center), Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, Kallia Kefala, Todd Lanier Lester (Luv ’til it Hurts), Karin Michalski & Ann Cvetkovich, Clara Moenchswald , Gail Pheterson, <Platz da!> Beratung für Inklusion und barrierefreie Kulturvermittlung, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Sophie Utikal, Sidhi Vhisatya (Queer Indonesia Archive), Inga Zimprich (Feministische Gesundheitsrecherchegruppe), a. o.

September till December 2021


The current global crises are crises of care – from the care for nature(s) to health care to the care for children, the elderly and the more vulnerable. These crises are the result of decades of neoliberal, extractivist policies that prioritise profit over people.

Health – understood also in relation to socio-economic conditions, environments, and ecosystems – is a central sphere for social reproduction, within which we mediate socially how we want to live together in solidarity. When we talk about health, it is therefore necessary to also look at existing social inequalities and relations of discrimination, which are intensified in the pandemic and under conditions of migration, mobility and digitality.

These collective and very multifaceted experiences of crisis inscribed in our bodies, in the present and the past. They demand an exchange experiences about health / illness and the political potential of “negative” feelings from an intersectional perspective, to learn from each other and to make knowledge about alternative, self-organised and solidary practices and networks in the field of healthcare more visible. To this end, we are devoting this research project to four central themes, #1Bad Feelings, #2 Collective Kinship and Care, #3 Solidary Health Care, #4 Memory and Care Activism, and bring together artistic and activist positions from the fields of art, theory, and practice to challenge the status quo with resistant models of collective care.

The research project unfolds as a discursive-performative event series and exhibition with a growing archive, which is nourished by the traces of exchange, research, and collective sadness, caring for each other, therapy and remembering.


5 September 2021, 6-9 pm
Discoteca Flaming Star: Alive (Hospital(y)tis)

14 October until 27 November 2021
Exhibition with growing archive

10 October, 10.30-18.30 pm
A Day Assembly of Living-on Together: Memory of HIV/AIDS Care and Activism
Organised by Ferdiansyah Thajib, with contributions from Eugen Januschke (denkmal PositHIV e.v.), Rully Malay (Waria Crisis Center), Todd Lanier Lester (Luv ‘til it Hurts), Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, Sidhi Vhisatya (Queer Indonesia Archive), and European HIV/AIDS Archive.

13. November, 11-13pm
Feminist Radical Therapy and Alliances Between Women
A Conversation with Gail Pheterson
Hybrid online/ offline event (in English)

12.-14. November 2021
Nuray Demir: Nuray’s Bar of Tears
A bar evening series on collective melancholy and resistance
curated by Nuray Demir with guests
***Unfortunately we have to cancel Nurays Tränenbar (Nuray’s Tear Bar).
Sometimes our tears are too real for the art to be the right place for sharing them.

24. November, 5:30-7pm
Conversation in the exhibition and growing archive
(in German and English)
Conversation with parts of the curatorial team in the exhibition and the growing archive about illness, resistance and modes of collective (health) care.

Due to the Covid regulations the number of participants is limited. Please register by email to office@district-berlin.com.


Team – Nuray Demir (Curator Nuray’s Bar of Tears), Johanna Ekenhorst (Communication / Concept / Co-curator Collective Kinship and Care), Nino Halka (Concept / Production / Co-curator Intimate Talks), Lydia Karagiannaki (Project Assistance), Andrea Caroline Keppler (Concept / Artistic Director / Production), Noël Labridy (Graphics / Project Assistance), Anneli Schütz (Finances), Ferdiansyah Thajib (Co-Curator Memory and Care Activism).

With the kind support of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe