Yao Qingmei participates in group show “We Refugees – Of the Right to Have Rights” at Badischer Kunstverein, Germany

We Refugees – Of the Right to Have Rights

Exhibition Dates: 2016.04.22 – 06.12

Exhibition Venue: Waldstraße 3, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany

Artists: Maja Bajević, Danica Dakić, Petja Dimitrova, Edgar Endress, Azin Feizabadi, *foundationClass, Lampedusa Research Group, Nilbar Güreş, Annika Gutsche, Rana Hamadeh, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Zarina Hashmi, Mira Hirtz, Hiwa K, Thomas Kilpper, Eva Leitolf, Marina Naprushkina, Mario Rizzi, Till Roeskens, Zineb Sedira, Mounira Al Solh, Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud, Qingmei Yao

Exhibition Architecture: Thomas Rustemeyer

Curated by Anja Casser


In conjunction with the Festival of European Culture Karlsruhe 2016

From April 22 to June 12, 2016, the Badischer Kunstverein will be mounting an extensive exhibition and events programme on the subject of migration and flight. Hannah Arendt’s essay We Refugees provides the exhibition and events with their title and conceptual approach. In her essay We Refugees, which appeared in 1943 and was not translated into German until 1986, the philosopher takes her own biographical situation as her starting point to reflect on the status of so-called refugees and attacks the usual strategies for their assimilation. Arendt argues for the right of migrants to be politically active and to participate in social practices. She already saw that they, as “the vanguard of their peoples,” necessarily call into question political principles such as nationhood, nationality, and territoriality.


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