Artist Talk with Balca Ergener, Judith Raum, Michaela Melián

in the context of the exhibition The Futureless Memory

Photo 1: Balca Ergener, photo taken by Linda Streahl
Photo 2: Judith Raum, photo taken by Victoria Tomaschko
Photo 3: Michaela Melián, photo taken by Jörg Koopmann


Artist Talk
with Michaela Melián, Judith Raum, Balca Ergener
Saturday, 19 September 2020, 3 pm

Please register in advance via presse@kunsthaushamburg.de

Balca Ergener will be participating remotely, online.


The artists Balca Ergener, Judith Raum and Michaela Melián have each developed new works for the exhibition The Futureless Memory. They will talk about the historical references and link the biographies of Otti Berger, Gustave Courbet and Susanne Lachmann with current discourses on migration.

Balca Ergener (*1980, Istanbul) lives and works in Zurich. She has received an M.A. in Critical and Cultural Studies from Bogazici University, Istanbul in 2007 and an M.F.A. from Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in 2020. In her practice she often tries to defamiliarize and subvert everyday sights and language. Her works include photographic series, collaborative book projects, collective writing performances and installations with textual and visual elements. She participated in exhibitions at Daire Sanat, Istanbul (2017), Depo, Istanbul (2014), Apartment Project, Berlin (2014) et al.

The artist and author Judith Raum circles economic- and socio-historic themes in her installations and performances, which she bases in and supports through extensive archival research. Since 2016, she has produced multiple works around the weaving workshop at the Bauhaus, which are currently being shown as part of the exhibition Taking a Thread for a Walk at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the touring ifa exhibition The Event of a Thread. Judith Raum’s works around Otti Berger’s textile legacy, which is dispersed internationally, constitute a perennial project.

Michaela Melián (*1956, Munich) is a visual artist and musician. In her installations, which mostly refer to real places and events, Melián combines historical facts and memories to create visual and acoustic collages, such as Memory Loops (2010), a radio play and interactive memorial for the victims of National Socialism in Munich, for which she has received several awards. Melián is not interested in the obvious, familiar representation of events or biographies, but in the different levels and contradictions of personal memory and official representation. She is a founding member of the band Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle (F.S.K.) and publishes solo records, film music and radio plays.

In addition to numerous international exhibitions since the 1990s, she has recently had solo exhibitions at the Lenbachhaus Munich (2016), at Barbara Gross Gallery Munich (2016), at Kunsthalle Mannheim (2015) and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2014). She has received numerous awards for her radio plays and artistic practice, including the Grimme Online Award Special (2012), the Edwin Scharff Prize of the City of Hamburg (2018) and the Roland Prize for Art in Public Space from the City of Bremen (2019).