Die Pampa lebt Die Pampa lebt [The Pampa lives]

Hellersdorf as a large housing estate yesterday, today and tomorrow

13 September–1 November 2020

Exhibition

Location(s):
Various venues in Berlin

Artists

Eva Hertzsch & Adam Page

Project group station urbaner kulturen

Jochen Becker, Fabian Bovens, Eva Hertzsch, Margarete Kiss, Constanze Musterer, Adam Page

Assistance

Sven Eggers

By Eva Hertzsch & Adam Page with Sabine Büttner, Mike Hartwig, Rosel Juhl, Siegfried Nord, Evelin Paap and Lutz Reineke

Billboard posters at three locations:
Alice-Salomon-Platz (in front of the Rathaus)
Cottbusser Platz (in front of the station, exit Carola-Neher-Str.)
Kastanienboulevard (near the central square)

The social, political and cultural fabric of an increasingly cosmopolitan and contradictory Hellersdorf is the starting point of the DIE PAMPA LEBT research project (2019- 2021). Residents have been working with the artists Eva Hertzsch and Adam Page on a series of questions since March 2019, such as: What hopes, fears, promises and humiliations existed in Hellersdorf in the 1990s and today? What effect has the demise of industrial work had on the estate? What future visions do people have for Hellersdorf? During excursions to other housing estates and to exhibitions, the group has collected over 300 answers in the form of documents, photos and statements.

Based on this material, Eva Hertzsch & Adam Page have made watercolor paintings which form the central images for a series of billboard posters at three locations in the neighbourhood.

The »Kienberg Gas« watercolour painting in front of Cottbusser Platz Underground Station shows a future artistic utopia in which the local Kienberg hill has been transformed from the International Garden Show (IGA) location to a new energy source. Biogas is being produced from layers of the neighbourhood’s past which are decomposing inside the hill. The gas is piped free of charge around the estate. A second watercolour at Cottbusser Platz, »Living at Cotti«, proposes the construction of a single high-rise block of flats instead of dozens of one-storey homes currently planned by developers. This proposal means that the development land remains largely green and can be used for sports and recreation.

On Kastanianboulevard, the painting »Fountain on Wilde-Mathilde-Platz« shows the re-installation of a broken fountain at the centre of the pedestrian zone. The fountain has been expropriated from its current owner Deutsche Wohnen and handed over to the municipal housing company GESOBAU. With the flooding of an underground car park with groundwater, the renovated fountain receives water again. The painting »House of Urban Cultures of the World« in front of the town hall on Alice-Salomon-Platz refers to the current debate about redesigning the square. It proposes moving a nearby pavilion onto the square and transforming it into a Center Pompidou-like building for education and art.

The billboard posters will be changed weekly (on Thursday) at their respective locations by the artists and their content will be discussed with passers-by.

Event:

Saturday, 12 September 2020, 16:00 - 20:00
Start of the outdoor exhibition with guided tours

DIE PAMPA LEBT is funded from the „Soziale Stadt“ programm and supported by the Marzahn-Hellersdorf Office fur Further Education and Culture.

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