A JORNEY OF BELONGING ll
Group exhibition : CAA Gallery at Bikini Berlin
presents different artworks which address the sense of belonging on a political, emotional, aesthetic, social and territorial level. The exhibition takes a close look at attributions of identity by oneself or by others, presenting them in creative disputes about belonging and dissociation.
Tewa Barnosa was awarded Kornfeld gallery prize for an exhibition at 68 projects space in summer 2020, alongside artists Hiba Alansari and Wael toubaji.
OUT OF PLACE
Solo exhibition : Tewa Barnosa
This show is part of Mutterzunge afterword project, curated by Adnan Misal, In collaboration with Studio Khaled barkeh.
Opening at 7 pm from 7 to 22 February 2019
Uqbar space, Schwedn Str. 16 Wedding, Berlin
‘The tongue has no bones; wherever you turn it, it turns’. (p.9) Mutterzunge by 'Emine' Sevgi Özdamar
Mutterzunge is a phrase which does not literally exist in standard German. Özdamar’s Mutterzunge (1990: I. Bachmann prize) proposes not only a literal translation of “mother tongue,” but also an artistic gesture in German, since “mother tongue” exists in such other languages as English, French, and Turkish, but not German, which only uses the phrase Muttersprache--“mother language.” She departs from the deep connection with her own mother, and questions Arabic, German, and Turkish, the languages she deals with, as spaces of abstraction, conceptual thinking, composition, intimacy, and articulation.
"Out of place" by Tewa Barnosa at uqbar
Tripolis based artist Tewa barnosa’s practice has been engaged with artistic research and production as well as curatorial conversations and performative tools with a focus on how we see what we write and read, connecting Tripolis with the world. Her work deals with the visual representation of the alphabet, and its representative quality of differentiating itself from the spoken language. She is definitely interested in the power and potential of the words.
As a native speaker, the artist is fluent with Berber (Amazigh), which belongs to the Afroasiatic language family; and has learnt Arabic by the support but also social pressure from the community. As a historical reference to unnderstand her position, Berbers call themselves some variant of the word i-Mazigh-en (singular: a-Mazigh), possibly meaning "free people" or "noble men".
The conversations around "Out of place" departs from an image, that was taken by journalist Mohammed ben-Khalifa who was recently assassinated while documenting clashes in south Libya. The original image was taken at the west coast for coastguards taken a human body out of the sea, and the title, "Out of place" is the connection between politics of image, calligraphy and freedom of expression.