YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal: Gropius Bau, Berlin

Yhonnie Scarce

16 Sep 2022 - 15 Jan 2023

Gropius Bau, Berlin

Featuring the diverse and sometimes conflicting perspectives of 26 artists, YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal addresses issues such as the politics of health, the resilience of Indigenous knowledge systems, forms of kinship, fair land use and its distribution, decoloniality and the rights of the non-human, all entangled with various concepts of care, repair and healing.

YOYI is the name of the ceremonial song, dance and coming together that is central to Tiwi culture in northern Australia. YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal references this exclamation – an invitation to come together in celebration and mourning.
Following this invocation, the 26 invited artists embody just as many different strategies to critically challenge, re-invent, expand, perpetuate and disavow notions of care, repair and healing. Certain artists provide a critical lens on how the concept of care has been misused. Others propose methods of repair that differ significantly from Western perspectives. Finally, some ask if healing is possible or even needed. This spectrum of voices resonates through works in video, installations, paintings, and performances, exhibited together across the entire ground floor of the Gropius Bau.

With works by Pierre Adler, Brook Andrew, Kader Attia, Tosh Basco, Mohamed Bourouissa, Andrea Büttner, Lavkant Chaudhary, Lygia Clark, André Eugène, Guyodo, Artemisia Gentileschi, Johanna Hedva, Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Eva Kot’átková, Betty Muffler & Maringka Burton, Grace Ndiritu, People’s Archive of Rural India, Outi Pieski, Paula Rego, Tabita Rezaire & Amakaba, Georgia Sagri, Yhonnie Scarce, Réginald Sénatus, SERAFINE1369 and Wu Tsang

Curated by Brook Andrew, Kader Attia with Giscard Bouchotte, Natasha Ginwala, Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, under the curatorial lead of Stephanie Rosenthal in collaboration with SERAFINE1369, In House: Artist in Residence 2021


Gropius Bau

Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963

Berlin, Germany