Rosa von Praunheim
For more than 30 years the queer director Rosa von Praunheim has produced films which not only helped to emancipate the German gay- and lesbian movement, but also investigated the scene from an internal perspective regarding its own clichés. He thereby touches on themes such as physical violence or right ideology without depicting one-sided victim-abuser-attributions.
Within On Violence, three dialogs with protagonists from the field of theater, film, and music focus on strategies concerned with violence in our society, or more specifically, with violent experiences' processing. The guests discuss their own exposure to violence, as well as violence's socio-cultural transformations and its coding in each one of their fields. All events take place on occasion of the group exhibition Fire and Forget. On Violence and are moderated by Tina Mendelsohn, who provides continuity between the three evenings, and conveys and accumulates the knowledge from each conversation to the next one.
Tina Mendelsohn is a TV presenter, filmmaker, and journalist. She lived in London for 15 years. Now she explores the German capital. Among her colleagues from ARD, Schweizer Fernsehen, and ORF, she has been the face of ZDF's KULTURZEIT since 2001.
Fire and Forget. On Violence is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).
With thanks for the financial support of: KW Friends e. V. as well as Rivka Saker, the collector Uli Sigg, Mr. Xue, Peng Pei-Cheng, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin, and KOW Berlin.
The publication and the event- and educational program is funded by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb (German Federal Agency for Civic Education).