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Exhibition „digging deep crossing far“

Our alumna Judith Raum is part of the exhibition “digging deep crossing far” at Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien Berlin with her new spacious installation “Geeignete Lektüre” and a lecture performance.

During the First World War, the so-called Intelligence Bureau for the East (Nachrichtenstelle für den Orient) in Berlin – a facility for the German general staff and the Foreign Office – was not only responsible for influencing Muslim prisoners of war in German camps via its media. Its officials also developed propaganda for the entire Muslim population in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Black Sea regions that were controlled by England, France, and Russia, in order to turn power relations in Germany’s favour. Brochures, flyers, and pamphlets, all written on the finest India paper, called Muslims to jihad, and swore the solidarity of the German and Ottoman Empires.

Judith Raum has traced the activity of the Intelligence Bureau for the East across several German archives. In her installation, creations made from imprinted steel and paper, together with sound carriers, weave the fragility of reality with the delusion formed by the propaganda spawned by German politics in the Middle East prior to 1918.

Opening: 9th September 2016, 7pm
Exhibition: 10th September to 13th November 2016
Lecture Performance: 18th September, 7pm
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin

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