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Turn Illness into a Weapon - Artistic Perspectives Within Healthcare Movements



Our fellow Miriam Döring is represented in the exhibition Turn Illness into a Weapon - Artistic Perspectives Within Healthcare Movements at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, curated by Linnéa Meiners.


Reacting to the healthcare system’s discriminatory structures, in 1972, the Sozialistische Patient*innenkollektiv (Socialist Patients‘ Collective) called to weaponise their illness. The group aimed not to portray illness as something individual that must be overcome alone, but to show its complex connections with social neglect and structural inequalities. Relatedly, this exhibition draws attention to the structural and intersectional disadvantages faced by disabled, chronically ill, and/or neurodivergent people in a late-capitalist, ableist system. How to turn illness into a weapon?


The group exhibition Turn Illness into a Weapon – Artistic perspectives within healthcare movements takes its starting-point from the grassroots healthcare struggles around the former Diakonissen-Krankenhaus (welfare hospital) Bethanien in 1970s Berlin. When it became clear that the abandoned building was to be transformed into artists‘ studios, the initiative Kampfkomitee Bethanien, among others, demanded to use the space as a children’s polyclinic.


In the exhibition, 17 artistic positions are brought into dialogue with the site where these specific political struggles played out. The artists criticise present-day conditions in art and healthcare policy, and point towards alternatives.


01.06 - 18.08.2024, Opening: Friday, 31.05.2024 5-10PM

Opening Times: Sun - Wed: 10AM - 8PM |Thu - Sat: 10AM - 10PM


Featuring Works by: Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, The Chronic Iconic (Jessica Cummin), Chloe Pascal Crawford, Criptonite (Edwin Ramirez & Nina Mühlemann), Miriam Döring, Tomás Espinosa, Eva Egermann & Cordula Thym, Lotti Fellner-Wyler, Feministische Gesundheitsrecherchegruppe, Cornelia Herfurtner, Kallia Kefala, Magda Korsinsky, Julia Lübbecke, MELT (Ren Loren Britton & Iz Paehr), Silvi Naci, Sophie Unikal, RA Walden


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