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“Colony” is a group exhibition that takes place at the Schwules Museum, Berlin between the dates 9 March–15 April 2018. Curated by Derya Bayraktaroğlu and Aylime Aslı Demir, “Colony” brings the definition of 'human' into question. SAHA provided support for the production of works for the exhibition. 

Engaging critically with the means of making knowledge, science, technology, and politics, the exhibition questions that which privileges the human species by attributing a prioritised conception of existence to mankind. Through the agency of intimating a body and body-beings, colony gathers together artistic inquiries that reconsider constructed dichotomies such as human/non-human, nature/culture, and organic/synthetic. Across moralism(s) and between female-male morphologies fixed in procreation, colony explores the constitutive ways in which nature’s sanctions of normativity operate. Interfaced with discussions around language and gender, the exhibition probes for contemporary (collective) bearings that evade self-constituted, human-centered narratives derived from the alliance of culture-history-society-power. Through the scope of post-human and queer critique kinship, “Colony” embodies a range of perspectives that discuss these critical narratives.

Colony was composed by the artists and participants: Yavuz Erkan, Ursula Mayer, Nilbar Güreş, Erinç Seymen & Uğur Engin Deniz, Daria Martin, Gökçe Yiğitel, Mary Maggic, İris Ergül, Katja Novitskova, Furkan Öztekin, Dynasty Handbag, Aykan Safoğlu, İz Öztat and Zişan, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Mariah Garnett, Umut Yıldırım, Yasemin Nur and Let the Good Times Roll.

About Schwules Museum

With its highly regarded exhibitions, archival holdings, numerous contributions to research and more than thirty-five (mostly volunteer) staff, the Schwules Museum has, since its founding in 1985, grown into one of the world's largest and most significant institutions for archiving, researching and communicating the history and culture of LGBTIQ communities. Changing exhibitions and events take diverse approaches to lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer biographies, themes and concepts in history, art and culture.