Opening July 29,
July 30, until August 27
Opening hours Thursday – Sunday 14:00 to 19:00
With contributions from Amina Agueznay, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Sara Bouzgarrou, El Warcha, Juan–Pedro Fabra Guemberena, Aziza Gorgi, Karina Griffith, Raisa Kabir, Gladys Kalichini, Gabriel Rossell Santillán and Keiko Kimoto, Teresa Lanceta, Machi Mashy, Mallory Lowe Mpoka, Rah Naqvi, Katy Lèna N’diaye, Merve Elveren and Çağla Özbek, İz Öztat, Zineb Achoubie and Lorenzo Sandoval, Farkhondeh Shahroudi, Shireen Taweel, Cecilia Vicuña.
Curatorial ensemble Soukaina Aboulaoula, Mistura Allison, Chiara Figone, Paz Guevara, Beya Othmani
Graphic design Archive Appendix
Exhibition design and art handling Nancy Naser Al Deen
Light design Emilio Cordero
Carpentry Santiago Doljanin
Exhibition mounting Rafal Lazar
Production assistance Malab Alneel
Tech Rey Domurat, Bert Günther
A multivocal, translinguistic, and transnational project, In the Inner Bark of Trees reflects the necessity of continuously challenging pathways to knowledge inheritance, production, and transmission. In presenting art libraries, texturalities, performances, and co-learning sessions that defy histories of oppression and colonialism, the project reunites publishing practices that seek to simultaneously unsettle knowledge systems from dominant symbolic cultures and release themselves from the confines of the material medium of modern colonial libraries. Instead, it fosters the imagination not only of libraries that are no longer limited by the printing system or canonical classification but crafted and nurtured by the intergenerational techniques, modalities, and feelings needed to sustain the alternatives of insurgent practices.
Although the performative nature of alternative libraries and archives has been extensively discussed, the project aims to question and reclaim the tools that allow the realization of spaces and modes of cultural production and their maintenance and circulation in a transnational context. By virtue of virtual communication that flows like the vital lymph that passes through the inner bark of trees, the program interconnects different art libraries across regions and practices, to share books and non-book cultural materials and immaterial figurations with Berlin practitioners andcommunities.
A broad spectrum of performative, aural, textile, and bodily artistic practices are addressed within In the Inner Bark of Trees in conjunction within the context of the extensive research stream of Publishing Practices, which analyses other meanings and outcomes of publishing, such as descent, belonging, and dissemination. By drawing inspiration from collective, anti-disciplinary, and reflexive perspectives—which emphasize how knowledge production is always becoming participatory and contradictory, as well as how the hierarchies of learning can be disrupted—this set of research embraces artistic, publishing and curatorial practices calling for awareness of often unquestioned aspects of publishing and seeking alternative pathways to inhabit and engage with forms of knowing and sensing.