Thursday 26.October. Before the beginning, after the end: Magma and dust against memorial time . Encounter with Talya Lubinsky

Dates: Thursday October 26th

Time: 19:00-21:00

Talya Lubinsky’s practice investigates stone as a material through which normative knowledge and practices around memorialization and commemoration are embodied and subverted. In this artist talk, Lubinsky will give contextual and conceptual background to two recent bodies of work and one work in progress. These site specific projects span from a cemetery in Mamelodi, South Africa, where assassinated political prisoners were buried during Apartheid (Marble Dust, 2020), to a granite quarry situated next to a Concentration Camp Memorial in Flossenbürg, Germany (Melting Stone, 2022) and back to the quarries on Cape Town’s Table Mountain, where enslaved people worked at the beginning of Dutch settler colonialism. Working with magma and dust as conceptual approaches to commemorative practices, Lubinsky suggests possible horizons beyond and before the memorial.


Talya Lubinsky (b. 1988) is an artist from Johannesburg, currently based in Berlin. In 2019-2020 she was awarded a one year residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, funded by the KfW Stiftung. Solo exhibitions include Delithification, Künstverein Schwäbisch Hall (2023), Melting Stone, Flossenbürg Concentration Camp Memorial, Flossenbürg (2022). Marble Dust, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2020), Floating Bodies, Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, (2017) and If we burn, there is ash, Wits Anthropology Museum, Johannesburg (2016). Lubinsky received an MFA with distinction from University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is a recipient of a NEUSTART Stipendium from the Stiftung Kunstfonds for 2022 and 2023.

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Event held onsite: Donaustr. 84, 12043 Berlin