Radikale Zärtlichkeit / Hass with Şeyda Kurt

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 7 PM

Radikale Zärtlichkeit und Hass
with curator Rebekka Seubert
Şeyda Kurt, journalist and bestselling author, in conversation with Rebekka Seubert about her publications Radikale Zärtlichkeit - Warum Liebe politisch ist (2021) and Hass: Von der Macht eines widerständigen Gefühls (2023).

German language event

In the context of the current exhibition But Who is Ulrike Mandrake? by the French artist Nils Alix-Tabeling (*1991 in Paris) at the Dortmunder Kunstverein, that is dealing with the history of civil disobedience, we are pleased to welcome the journalist and bestselling author Şeyda Kurt. In conversation with curator Rebekka Seubert, the theses of Kurt’s two books will be discussed in connection with the exhibition:

"Hatred, that grating, corrosive feeling, is omnipresent. It roars from the streets or whispers in bourgeois hostility. It grows in parliamentary speeches, crossheads and children's rooms - and certainly not in secret, even if many would like to condemn it there.
Şeyda Kurt brings hatred out of its banishment and sets out on the trail of its resistant potential. She is particularly interested in people as subjects of hate in a capitalist, racist and patriarchal world. Who are they, these haters, and from which power relations do they come? Who is allowed to hate at all and who is not? Which feelings paralyse, which feelings help not to freeze, and to move on and on towards a more just and tender society?
Relentlessly, whimsically and beyond self-righteous indignation, Şeyda Kurt explores hate from its creative side: as a category of empowerment that can pick up and mobilise people in their innermost discomfort, as a resistant craft - and not least as a serviceable emotion that helps us find our way in an ocean of possible reactions to the world." [Text source: Harper Collins Publishers, translated]

About the author
"ŞEYDA KURT, born in Cologne in 1992, studied philosophy, Romance studies and cultural journalism in Cologne, Bordeaux and Berlin. As a freelance journalist and columnist, she writes for various print and online media, including ZEIT ONLINE. As an editor, she worked on the Spotify original podcast 190220 - A Year After Hanau, which won the Grimme Online Award in 2021. In the same year, Medium magazine named the editorial team as Journalists of the Year. In her book Radikale Zärtlichkeit: Warum Liebe politisch ist (Radical Tenderness: Why Love is Political), she examined love in the force field of patriarchy, capitalism and racism." [Text source: Harper Collins Publishers, translated]


Kindly supported by


Part of PERSPEKTIVE Fund for Contemporary Art & Architecture of the Bureau des arts plastiques of the Institut français Germany, supported by the French Ministry of Culture, the Institut français Paris and the Goethe-Institut.

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