1 - 5 Sep 2021 / Various times
coculture, Böttgerstraße 16, 13357 Berlin

Across Borders: Body & Self

Group exhibition with Arin Ismail, Azadeh Kiankhah, Isadora Canela, Michael(a) Daoud, Minna Etein and Paula Muhr.

Opening: 1.9.2021, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Open daily 2.9. – 5.9.2021, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Symposium: 4.9.2021, 1:00 – 6:00 pm

The exhibition Across Borders: Body & Self is a collaboration between Counterpoints Arts and coculture Berlin inspired by Mojisola Adebayo’s Leaves from Family Tree commissioned by Counterpoints Arts and performed in the summer of 2021 at ZK/U Berlin.

The six artists were selected from an open call to submit existing work that explores the themes of body & self in the context of migration and displacement.

Mojisola’s performance explored environmental justice and migration via the incredible story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American tobacco farmer descended from enslaved people. Henrietta had her body cells taken without her knowledge for medical research and seventy years later, even after her death, they are still multiplying and continue to be used in laboratories all over the world, without her permission. Millions of us benefit from it today, even though most of us have never heard her name. By talking about her story today, we place her body and her(self) on the map of contemporary Berlin.

Using a variety of media the artists in this exhibition add their own personal and political discursive angles – be it feminist, migrant, queer or medical – to the exploration of memory and identity in the context of the body & self. Whether this happens via a relationship between the body and an object, by turning toward our inner skins and senses, by connecting historical events across the 20th and 21st centuries using the body, by testing the limits of their own bodies through durational rituals or repetitive habitual acts – they ask us to question the logic of the subjectivity and materiality of crossing borders.

On Saturday 4th September at 1 – 6pm, there will be a symposium with Mojisola Adebayo and five other artists talking about their work and how they explore the issues around the body & self. The full programme along with the name of the artists will be announced on 25th August. You can book a free place at the symposium via Eventrbrite.

Co-curated with coculture by Natasha Davis for Counterpoints Arts . For any further questions please contact Natasha Davis via

The exhibition is part of the three-year programme Across Borders by Counterpoints Arts in the UK, Germany and Greece, in collaboration with local partners, developing arts and pop culture projects that help normalise and diversify representations of migrants and people seeking refuge. The programme is supported by Comic Relief.

Counterpoints Arts works in the UK and internationally on the arts, migration and cultural change.

coculture is a Berlin-based non-profit cultural organisation founded by conceptual artist Khaled Barakeh as a response to the challenges faced by displaced cultural producers.

1 - 5 Sep 2021
Various times

coculture, Böttgerstraße 16, 13357 Berlin