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Vol. 1: Underwater Breathing - A Conversation Series


with Jessica Korp

"The element water plays an important role in the refugee experience of many people. On the one hand, water scarcity exacerbates food insecurity in many places in the global south; at the same time, people have traumatic experiences at sea on their migration ways. As part of the exhibition Swimming Pool - Troubled Waters, the series of conversations organised by Jessica Korp highlights practical work at the intersection of integration, educational outreach, and empowerment of refugees through swimming lessons.

For this, Jessica Korp talks with Heike Witte, swimming coach and trained lifeguard, about her work and looks at how swimming helps migrants overcome their trauma." 

Heike Witte is a swimming coach with passion. After four years of voluntary work, she turned her hobby into her profession. The first swimming project with refugees "SchwimmClub1001" developed very dynamically. In the last six years, she has accompanied dozens of refugees on their way to becoming lifeguards. Many are active and still working in this field. For three years she led the swimming department of TV Waidmannslust e.V. and is still active as a volunteer coach. She was able to gain a lot of experience as a swimming coach, especially in the area of beginner swimming for refugee women and girls, teenagers and young men, and later on with children of all ages. In the meantime, she also works full-time for private swimming schools. Among other things, she offers the "open swimming school" at Strandbad Tegel in the summer season. 

Jessica Korp studied Social & Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College in London and wrote her bachelor thesis on collective melancholy and the empire. That informed her focus on museums and its representation of power and colonial dominance. In 2019 she co-curated the permanent exhibition "Meshwork of Things - The Collection Showcase of the Humboldt University of Berlin" at the Central Institute Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (HZK), where she worked as curatorial assistant and lectured on transdisciplinary curating until 2020.

Currently, she is engaged in the field of restitution of looted artefacts, critical curatorship and cultural diplomacy by self-organised collectives. She is the co-founder of MedienKunstPolitik and founding member of the Out Of Time Embassy (OOTE).

REALITY, 2020, Installation view, detail: Michael Kleine, Tropez Berlin. photo: Cheongjin Keem


Jessica Korp im Gespräch mit John Holten, Unterwasser Atmen, 2020, presentation, REALITY, TROPEZ Berlin. photo: ink Agop



CURATOR
Valeria Schulte-Fischedick
ASSISTANCE
Gustav Elgin / Carola Uehlken
OPENING HOURS
6th of August – 15th of September
Tue—Sunday 
2—7 pm
Kottbusser Str. 10, 10999 Berlin

OPENING HOURS
Tue—Sunday
2—7 pm
Kottbusser Str. 10,  10999 Berlin

CURATOR
Valeria Schulte-Fischedick

ASSISTANCE
Gustav Elgin / Carola Uehlken

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