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Healing – Weltkulturen Museum, Germany

2 Nov — 3 Sep 2023

healing. Life in Balance

How to live? In one’s own body, with its personal and collective history? With the environment, the spiritual world, in global togetherness? How can crises be overcome? And can balance be found? How to stay or become healthy? And how to be content? How can healing succeed?

For many, the fragility of living conditions was apparent long before the COVID-19 pandemic. This fragility did and does affect almost all areas of life – health, work, politics, the economy, social cohesion. The global crisis and the associated search for balance is common to people around the world. Many established views are now being questioned. Indigenous minorities, activists, environmental organisations, and the younger generation everywhere find that their ideas, expectations and critiques of contemporary living are increasingly converging. The exhibition healing. Life in Balance presents multi-perspective narratives as well as works (of art) with transformative power. In these poetic, philosophical, and multimedia artistic works, international partners from the arts, sciences and medicine present their own, personal stories, as well as their perspectives and strategies for resolving crises, establishing new equilibriums, and finding answers for a future of global coexistence.



Marina Abramović

La Vaughn Belle

Elena Bernabé

Roberta Carvalho

Alejandro Durán

Marco Del Fiol

Ayrson Heráclito

Feliciano Lana

Naziha Mestaoui

Michael O’Neill

Roldán Pinedo


Exhibition Publication

The comprehensive publication to accompany the exhibition – also called healing. Life in Balance – includes a number of illustrations and photographs. The publication deepens and expands on the themes of the exhibition in interdisciplinary articles, and includes personal conversations with the artists on the subject of healing. Further thematic focuses have been developed from the museum’s collection. These diverse perspectives are brought together and expanded on with contributions from national and international academics and activists. The publication offers a multi-layered and diverse compilation of possibilities for shaping postcolonial global togetherness and for a healthy life in balance.

Karin Bervoets, Wade Davis, Magnus Døvigen, Mariana K. Leal Ferreira, Nildo José Miguel Fontes, Friederike Georg, Margrit Jütte, Kerstin Kleemann, Fenton Lutunatabua, Angeline Makore, Marion Marquardt, Larissa Lacerda Menendez, Mark Münzel, Alice Pawlik, Clifford Saron, Volker Scheid, Jens Soentgen, Mona Suhrbier

The German and the English editions are published by Kerber.

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