Visit to ORIENT EXPRESS by Dafna Maimon

December 06, 2017, 3:30 pm

Many thanks to Marie-Christin Lender (Press & PR) introducing our participants to the concept and program of Galerie Wedding and guiding us through the exhibition “ORIENT EXPRESSby Dafna Maimon curated by Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung & Solvej Helweg Ovesen in the context of UP – Unsustainable Privileges.

Exhibition Dates: November 17, 2017 – January 13, 2018
Location: GALERIE WEDDING – Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 7 PM
Address: Müllerstraße 146/147, 13353 Berlin

“In 1985, Dafna Maimon’s father opened the first falafel and kebab restaurant in Finland; Orient Express. Located in a shopping mall in Helsinki city centre, the restaurant introduced Finns to the previously unknown delicacies of the Middle East. At the same time, the fast-food restaurant was for many immigrants a work place that provided them with the documents necessary to obtain a residence permit and a start of a new life in Finland.

Some years ago, Maimon found a rather strange high-budget video ad from 1986, which her father had produced, and which used his own exoticness in a high paced narrative to market kebabs in Finland. Starting from this autobiographical material and video-relic, Maimon is conducting a micro historical research, in which the workings of memory, family roles and the effects of destructive patriarchal structures are analyzed and weaved into a world of docufiction, spanning over performance video and installation.

At Galerie Wedding, she will restage set elements and surroundings from the Orient Express ad, in which she will blend her own present experiences with her father’s autobiographical-material. The exhibition builds on the earlier performance ‚Orient Express Yourself‘ shown at and produced by Lilith Performance Studio in Malmö in September 2017.” (Text by courtesy of  Galerie Wedding)

More information on the GALERIE WEDDING Website.