PARATAXE presentation: What languages does Berlin write in? Berlin authors, who write in a language other than German, are presented through conversations, readings and translations.
How often have you held in your hands a children’s book about war and colonialism? Or a social and political novel about the summoned spirit of a renowned mystic? We’ve invited Yi Meng Wu (China) and Zaza Burchuladze (Georgia) to the last PARATAXE presentation of the year in the Maschinenhaus in the Kulturbrauerei to join us for what promises to be an idiosyncratic evening with very special guests.
Yi Meng Wu 吳禕萌, designer, artist and cultural mediator, is the founder of Studio Wu in Berlin, which focuses on intercultural design between China and Europe. Her latest work “Yaotao’s Characters” tells the story of a young family in Beijing during the econd World War. It is also the story of living between cultures and languages and makes use of the writer’s own history, as she was born in Shanghai and grew up in Germany. Zaza Burchuladze, on the other hand, confronts Georgian society with satirical, provocative humour. Burchuladze’s style is funny and experimental. In his books he addresses topics which are taboo in Georgia, such as conformism, religion, violence, sexuality.
Once again the lives and works of our guests generate questions about the concept of homeland (do we have one at all?), about migration and exile (where does a person belong?), about activism (because art is also activism, right?) and, of course, about living in Berlin.