COVEN is so proud of LUCKY’s amazing run this summer! Here is a photographic sum-up of the incredible artists, speakers, facilitators, and audience members who graced nGbK with their hard work and presence.
Everything in life is luck, or so we’ve heard. If you work hard, you will succeed—you just need to wait for your big break and play your cards right. Success once realized is often passed off as lucky coincidence. But what if you can’t even get a seat at the casino table?
These narratives of fortune actively render historical and structural oppression invisible in physical, digital, and spiritual spaces. LUCKY questions the role of luck as a cultural myth that explains and normalizes privilege. We propose to examine the ways this dulls movements of resistance and maintains the status quo, while still honoring in luck the practices of self preservation and play.
With a focus on queer and feminist practices, the project is composed of an exhibition, performances, panels, and workshops playing with and challenging this lottery that permeates what is already inscribed onto our bodies, our neighborhoods, and our browser histories.
The exhibition and event series took place at the nGbK in Berlin, from the 7th of July to the 2nd of September 2018. For more, visit our LUCKY tagged posts or the nGbK’s archive.
All photographs by Judy Landkammer, unless otherwise stated.
Vernissage, 6th July 2018:
Laura G. Jones and Alexander Linton, Babypunk ft. Bauyoka:
Zinzi Buchanan and Trev Flash, future babies:
Anarel.la Martínez-Madrid, PLAY ME: a one-on-one performance about sex and consent:
Panel discussion: “Hart daran arbeiten, Glück zu haben?”, 22 July 2018:
with Ruby Sircar, Anne Potjans, and Tanja Abou.
LUCKY YOU Performance Festival
27 July 2018:
Melanie Jame Wolf, An Act of Improbable Genius:
Ok-Hee Jeong, Fünfmal Frau Kim, auf der Suche nach Heimat:
28 July 2018:
Xenia Taniko, Mesh & Wire:
Nasheeka Nedsreal, Working the Root:
29 July 2018:
Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, How to Greet Like a Jamaican: Step 2:
Roni Katz & Anna Zett, Between Us:
Panel discussion: “Thank You for Seeing Me”, 4 August 2018:
with Neda Sanai, Lorena Juan, and Jo Verrent.
Workshop: “My Worst Performance Ever”, 25 August 2018:
Facilitated by Natalie Igor Dobkin. Photographs by Frances Breden.
Finissage, 1 September 2018:
Cathy Walsh, Game Show:
Vagittarius Rising, Karma vs Kapital:
Travis Alabanza, The Obituary for the Not-So-Lucky:
In addition to the photographs above, Coral Short curated Fortune Unfolded, a screening of short films presented on 18th August 2018, as part of the LUCKY events program. This event was not documented photographically.