Category: Exhibition

In Search of Archives
Contemporary Approaches to the Past


The conference and exhibition “En quête d’archives / In Search of Archives” inquires into contemporary notions and practices of the archive in postcolonial constellations. While the state of archives in former colonial settings is continuously marked by limited access, dispersed documents and repressed histories, contemporary art and research have been opening various ways of appropriating, (re)collecting and rendering visible the diverse traces and memories, creating new meanings of the past for the present and the future.

What if it won’t stop here?
UdK Graduale 18


In this exhibition at Archive kabinett, the fellows of the UdK Graduate school programme voice their concerns in installations, performances and discussions. Coming from visual art, dance, music, film, performance and critical theory, the artists in the show propose micro-political answers to the macro-political question: How to still find some marge de manoeuvre when the air of gloom spread by political backlash today clouds the horizon for imagining change? What is to be done?

Bitter Things
by bi’bak


BITTER THINGS is a research-based exhibition project by bi’bak that explores the impact of labor migration on the notion of motherhood and family from the perspectives of women migrant workers and children left behind. The installation takes experiences of transnational families from both past and present as a point of departure and brings narratives together with objects, which play a central role within the families.

Untraining the Ear
A Listening Exhibition on José Maceda


For UNTRAINING THE EAR LISTENING SESSION N°4, SAVVY Contemporary, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and CTM festival present a special archival exhibition and workshop and a performance-based listening session on the works of the experimental musician and maverick composer José Maceda (1917–2004).

Each Line Is A Crime
exhibition and book launch


On the occasion of the book release of Towards (Im)Measurability of Art and Life written and edited by Miya Yoshida, Archive will host the group show, Each Line Is A Crime curated by the author. The exhibition expands on exploring the subject of art and measurement. It presents works by three artists: Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli (DE), Robert Estermann (CH), and Katya Sander (DK), each addressing different political, economic, aesthetic, and ethical issues of measurement in contemporary society.

Tugging the apparatus
Exhibition by Romana Schmalisch


On the occasion of the publication “Mobile Cinema”, published 2017 by Archive Books, the artist Romana Schmalisch will present her apparatus Mobile Cinema which derives its form from Alexander Medvedkin’s film The New Moscow (1938). After several years of travelling, it comes to rest for an open archival exhibition at Archive Kabinett, presenting materials and filmic notes that have been collected or produced during the journeys – ranging from dance and labour, bright futures and socialist realism, vampires and resurrection – materials that went through this apparatus, leaving neither of them unchanged.

To Become Two
Alex Martinis Roe


Archive Kabinett presents To Become Two, a film installation and publication by Alex Martinis Roe that stem from her ongoing engagement with international feminist communities and their political practices. Across six films, To Become Two traces the stories of six different, yet connected, feminist groups from the 1970s to the present who have built communities in Europe and Australia. 

Discreet Violence


On the occasion of the finissage of the exhibition Discreet Violence: French Camps in Colonized Algeria, curated by Samia Henni, film excerpts annotated by Brigitta Kuster in conversation with Yasmina Dekkar, were screened at Archive Kabinett on January 20th. 

Discreet Violence
Exhibition Opening


On December 19th the exhibition opening of Discreet Violence: French Camps in Colonized Algeria, along with the book launch of Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (Zurich: gta Publishers, 2017), took place at Archive Kabinett. 

The Re-appropriation
of Desire in Public

29.01.2017 – 06.02.2017

Launch of Having a Kiki: Queer Desire and Public Space – published by Paper Visual Art, edited by Emma Haugh. Accompanied by Haugh’s show The Re-appropriation of Sensuality, with a reading and conversation between the artist and PVA co-editor Adrian Duncan.

Mobile Cinema
Two steps back

19.12.2015 – 16.01.2016

Romana Schmalisch’s Mobile Cinema returns to Archive Kabinett in frame of the exhibition Mobile Cinema – Two steps back. This apparatus – somewhere between urban model, cinema, and plate camera – derived its form from Alexander Medvedkin’s film The New Moscow.

Between States


Launch of the publication Between States by the authors: Simon Faulkner and David Reeb. The launch will coincide with a display of videos of demonstrations in Palestinian villages in the West Bank by David Reeb and images of struggle in Israel/Palestine by ActiveStills.

Look For Us in
the Inkwells

10.10.2015 – 24.10.2015

Look For Us in the Inkwells We Will Always Be There is an exhibition developed for Atelier Impopulaire’s RULE C series which includes works made by four collectives: A.P.E. Art Projects Era, Feminist Land Art Retreat, Rhein Verlag, and Studio for Propositional Cinema.

Feminist Film & Video

26.09.2015 – 06.10.2015

Cinenova Chain Letter. Film screening and presentation with Cinenova Working Group (Karolin Meunier, Irene Revell and Sandra Schäfer, in this instance). Exhibition of documents and manifestos from Cinenova Archive and screening of the selected films in loop.

Caitlin Berrigan
Unfinished State

07.08.2015 – 04.09.2015

Caitlin Berrigan’s exhibition and artist’s book stray from narratives of city-branding and surges of global capital that have caused waves of real estate development in Berlin and Beirut. The exhibition will be on display until september 4th and is part of the Project Space Festival.

For Excellence
in Poetry


Readings by Mirene Arsanios, Alex Cuff, and Sam Wilder. Artwork by Setareh Shahbazi. Whether with words or images, the authors’ work engages translation as a means of introducing foreignness within the self, rather than translating otherness to others.

Trail by Natascha
Sadr Haghighian


Resources installation and book presentation of Trail by Natascha Sadr Haghighian. A conversation will take place between the author, Ashkan Sepahvand, and Pola Sieverding. Trail is a project developed by Sadr Haghighian for the dOCUMENTA(13).

Visionary Archive

21.05.2015 – 31.05.2015

Festival presenting projects from five localities at Arsenal Cinema, Archive Kabinett and Scriptings. Visionary Archive is a collaborative translocal experiment: phases and facets of African cinema are researched in Cairo, Khartoum, Johannesburg, Bissau and Berlin.

A story from
Circolo della Rosa

22.02.2014 – 22.03.2014

Exhibition introducing Alex Martinis Roe’s new film, which continues her work on feminist genealogies. A presentation of the artist’s personal archive and publications by the Libreria delle Donne di Milano. Organized in collaboration with Fiona Guess.

Constellations of One
and Many

24.01.2014 – 22.03.2014

Exhibition of the work Constellations of One and Many by Falke Pisano. A collaboration between Falke Pisano and Archive Books (Paolo Caffoni). Curated by Emanuele Guidi. The exhibition will be on display from January until March at Archive Kabinett.

Sholem Krishtalka

31.10.2013 – 30.11.2013

Exhibition of Arcana comprising of prints of Sholem Krishtalka’s complete Tarot Deck. The deck itself is an idiosyncratic reflection and processing of the Tarot iconography. Coinciding with the exhibition Archive Kabinett hosts two video screenings based on the occult.


04.08.2013 – 30.08.2013

The Exhibition of a Necessary Incompleteness is a photo-, text-, and video-based investigation into varied articulations of incompleteness and vertical phasing in the built landscape internationally. There will be a short film program and an ongoing exhibition.



Curatorial Collaboration Initiative: Manifesto work-out. Curated by Florian Feigl and Joel Verwimp with the participation of the MPA-B initiators. The event will coincide with the Month of Performance Art which takes place in Berlin during the month of May.


12.01.2013 – 17.02.2013

Part of How To Tell A Story in DEPO, Istanbul. Curated by Emanuele Guidi and Cathy Larqué. Collaboration with Can Altay, Aleksandra Domanovic, Dan Perjovschi, John Menick, Vladimir Nikolic, Marinella Senatore, John Smith, Imogen Stidworthy, Adam Vackar.


18.09.2011 – 18.12.2011

Inventory #1 exhibited at the Thessaloniki Biennale in Greece. Curated by Paolo Colombo, Mahita El Backa Urieta and Marina Fokidis. The material is part of the research project by Archive Kabinett through Eastern Europe and the Middle East.