museo de la democracia

museo de la democracia | Marcela Moraga, 2021

museo de la democracia is a fictional institution for the preservation, exhibition and mediation of democracy as a phenomenon of the past or an endangered species. Between April and June 2021 the museo de la de- mocracia is guest in the nGbK space. In collaboration with artists, theorists, activists, museologists and others, the museum presents at this show 25 works, with which it seeks to safeguard, imagine and interpret different relics of the memory of a post-democratic society.

The museum‘s temporary collection and public program are articulated in three conceptual chapters:

The chapters addresses both the exhibited works and an events program that takes place online and outside, and includes performances, guided walks, video screenings, workshops and debates.

In its collection and exhibition practice, the museo de la democracia reflects on the aesthetic independence and political co-dependence of Latin American countries in relation to different cultural, historical, and political discourses and narratives. The museum‘s work focuses on a period that stretches from the pre-Hispanic past, to the liberation struggles of Latin American independence activists and thinkers, to the triumph of the ›societies of control‹ (Gilles Deleuze). Using Latin America as a point of reference, the collection examines, in a non-linear and historical-fictional way, the gradual process of ›erosion‹ or ›emptying‹ of the concept of ›democracy‹ and its institutions. The museo de la democracia presents works and collaborations that lead to incommunicable, fabulous, telluric, dreamlike, and necessarily critical perspectives of democratic processes in a perpetual state of redefinition.

Connections are created between historical and theoretical research material within a transdisciplinary, hybrid dramaturgy that moves between the analogue and the digital, the real and the fictional, and between public and exhibition space. This dramaturgy revolves around events from Latin America‘s recent history and present – which echo and mirror global realities.

Board of the museo de la democracia and nGbK project group

Valeria Fahrenkrog, Daniela Labra, Teobaldo Lagos Preller, Marcela Moraga, Paz Ponce Pérez-Bustamante

Artists and participants (exhibition)

Maria Thereza Alves, Gustavo Artigas, Arts of the Working Class, Marylin Boror Bor, Andressa Cantergiani, Victor de la Rocque, Andrés Durán, Valeria Fahrenkrog& MITKUNSTZENTRALE, Galería CIMA, Manuela García Aldana, Zoltan Kunckel, Jaime Lauriano, Cheril Linett, Julia Mensch, Ana María Millán, Marcela Moraga & Salvemos el río Renaico, Daniela Ortiz, Dulce Pinzón, PSJM, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Doris Salcedo, Carolina Saquel & Camila Marambio, Julia Weist & Nestor Siré, Michael Wesely, Kiyoshi Yamamoto.

Artistic contributions to the public program

Ana Alenso, Marilyn Boror Bor & VOCES de Guatemala en Berlín, Sara Buraya Boned, Cora Hegewald & Erik Göngrich, Fernando Llanos, Eva-Christina Meier, Grace Passô

Friends of the Museum

Maria Fernanda Aldana, Wibke Behrens, Alexandra Bisbicus, Ricardo Chávez, Wilssa Esser, Kevin Gray, Samantha Grob, Lillah Halla, Çağla Ilk, Nathalia Krauss, Annette Maechtel, Paola Andrea Martí, Ana Laura Miranda, Museo Situado (MNCARS), neue häute e.V., Michaela Ott, Elie Peuvrel, Benita Piechaczek, Katja Rein, Constanza Rossi, Anna Schanowski, Uferstudios GmbH, Burak Üzümkesici, Franzia Villabona, White Cube, Igor Vidor, Nora Wilhelm

Technical team of the Museum

Production: Valeria Fahrenkrog, Marcela Moraga
Editorial: Daniela Labra, Teobaldo Lagos Preller, Paz Ponce
Public Program: Paz Ponce Pérez-Bustamante
Graphic design museum of democracy: Florencia Konekamp Kusch
Web design museum of democracy: mrhide.de (Richard Lem)
Web concept & editing: Paz Ponce
Photo documentation: Benjamin Renter
Video documentation: Lillah Halla and Paz Ponce