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neimënster Presents “Broken Secrets”

by Hannah Sroka

The Parallel Platform and neimënster are joining forces to present “Broken Secrets”, an exhibition focusing on secrets, how they’re kept, and how they affect society. It’s open from June 12 until July 11 at neimënster, daily from 10am until 6pm. Admission is completely free!

In “Broken Secrets”, four photographers explore the nature of secrets—how they’re kept, for instance, and what happens when the truth comes out. It focuses on themes like militarism, migration and oppression. It’s meant to show how the ties that bind us can be incredibly fragile, especially when issues like truth and lies are concerned. This is especially true in the era of fake news, when the line between the “truth” and a “lie” is much more blurred. 

George Selley, Human Exploitation

The exhibit features photographers Georgs Avetisjans, Yuxin Jiang, George Selley, and Negar Yaghmian. Avetisjans’s photographs are largely inspired by his grandmother, who was deported to Siberia in 1941. It focuses on Stalinism, its victims and its lies. Jiang’s work is centered around the myths of Chinese society with a focus on how they disorient the public. Selley created a collage from a US army training manual, which centers on the deceit of young men and soldiers. Finally, Yaghmian’s work accounts the experiences of people traveling through trade routes between Africa, Asia and India. This exhibition was curated by Javiera Luisina Cádiz Bedini, who researches the connections of art and resistance, particularly in Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

Negar Yaghmian

We have no doubt that this exhibition will be very moving, and its message is incredibly important! Let us know if you visit and what you think!

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