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Liebe und Erschöpfung

Anike Joyce Sadiq & Konstanze Schmitt

8 Jul–12 Sep 21

Love and Exhaustion We are tired. Despite the crisis, the pandemic state of exception, we have had to continue to work, and work – even as significant parts of our lives were put on hold. Our bodies are exhausted; we can‘t take any more.

This exhibition investigates the present-day relation between work, love and exhaustion. In collaboration with the dancer Laurie Young, Anike Joyce Sadiq has developed sculptures that both support and allow exhaustion. They are an imprint, an invitation, and at the same time an homage to tired bodies. During the exhibition period, Konstanze Schmitt will come into contact with the neighbourhood around Frankfurter Tor. As part of a performative research process, she engages with post/pandemic relations between the labour of love and the state of exhaustion.

What kinds of linkages exist between social inequalities and our various states of exhaustion? How do these influence our relationships? Are there forms of (self) care and relational work that can withdraw from capitalist appropriation, or resist it?

Love and Exhaustion is the third part of the exhibition series MY WORKING WILL BE THE WORK. on self/care, labour and solidarity curated by Linnéa Meiners and Jorinde Splettstößer.

About the artist

Anike Joyce Sadiq lives and works in Berlin. In her practice, she explores the relationships between the heritage of relational art and post-colonial theory. For this she uses text, video, photography and performance. Intersecting and challenging the roles of artist, visitor, and social reality, Sadiq orchestrates situations that can generate experiences of participation and interaction as well as alienation and exclusion.

Konstanze Schmitt is a visual artist and theater director. Her work is based on documentary and biographical material and interacts with political contexts. In Schmitt’s performances and installations, she investigates possible realizations of utopias, such as communist desires and romantic love. She has collaborated with actors, dancers, architects, organized domestic workers, experts in the field of human reproduction, GDR-Youth-Club-Organizers, and others.



Digital workshops: Anike Joyce Sadiq
Politiken des Körpers

Production: Valentin Hennig
Camera/ Light/Sound: Valentin Hennig


Curators: Linnéa Meiners, Jorinde Splettstößer
Head of production: Carolina Redondo
PR: Helen-Sophie Mayr
Project assistance: Dani Hasrouni, Markus Hemann, Sofía Pfister
Installation team: Juan Manuel Blanco, Carlos Busquets, Maita Gasic,
Johann Hackspiel, Tanya Neira
Translations: Sonja Hornung
Gallery supervision: Ferdinand Gieschke, Ercan Turuc

The curator would like to thank the Team of Galerie im Turm and of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, who are: Stéphane Bauer, Kristoffer Holmelund, Serkan Sevincli, Josef Stöhr and the team of supervisors.

With the kind support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe: Multi-sector Funding, Exhibition Fund Municipal Galleries and Fund Exhibition fees for visual artists.

Galerie im Turm is a facility of the district office Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.