Mai 2024

05Mai(Mai 5)06:0012Jul(Jul 12)06:00TERRA DIASPORAWelten Wandeln – Changing WorldsKunstverein Göttingen im Alten Rathaus

TERRA DIASPORA – Welten Wandeln – Changing Worlds

Ellen Akimoto, Cian Dayrit, Marianna Ignataki, Runa Ikeda, Oda Jaune, Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Thorsten Alexander Kasper, Rosa Loy, Kelechi Nwaneri, So Young Park, Thomias Radin, Dennis Scholl, Sara Umar, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Geng Xue

curated by Nicola E. Petek & Stephan Klee


The current works by artists with roots in five continents are dedicated to the emergence of the fantastic in the everyday experience of a supposedly rationally explainable environment: Does the fantastic fundamentally question our modern view of the world? Or is and has the fantastic always been an essential component of human perception and reality? The art movements of Surrealism and Magical Realism already dealt with this tense relationship; the contemporary positions gathered in the exhibition take up these questions again, revitalising and further developing key art movements of modernism.

Ideas of the enchanted, of the enchanted, but also of enchantment are created here – using techniques such as collage, alienation, sacralisation, encryption, subjective re-narration – or even digital methods. Logical connections are often dissolved in order to imaginatively reconnect the loose ends. Absurd juxtapositions of things that actually have nothing to do with each other in the usual reality are accepted – or do they?

Specially created worlds form the respective surroundings in the works, oscillating between fantastic landscape, dream and subconscious, while incorporating references to visual cultural history. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to follow the artists on display as they traverse, record, capture, and simultaneously change various areas of reality: Changing worlds.



  • Sun 05.05.24, 11:30 am –02:00 pm: Vernissage – Reception with speeches, live music by Trio d’anches, and
    the edition by Runa Ikeda

  • Sun 26.05.24, 03:00 pm: Sunday guided tour with Justus M. Müller
  • Sat 15.06.24, 05:00 pm – 08:00 pm: Guided tour & panel discussion with special guests and curator Stephan Klee
  • Mon 01.07.24, 07:00 – 09:00 pm: Literature meets art: Alka Saraogi: Uprooted – reading and talk with special guests and curator Nicola E. Petek
  • Sun 07.07.24, 03:00 pm: Sunday guided tour with  Justus M. Müller
  • Fri 12.07.24, 06:00 – 08:00 Uhr: Finissage with guided tour & edition

Please book your participation in the events at or respectively by telephone at 0551-44899



The Annual Programme 2024

TERRA DIASPORA is the leitmotif of the Kunstverein Göttingen 2024-2025. In the face of fundamental upheavals in the coexistence of nature and mankind, TERRA DIASPORA stands for a world on the move; for a terrain that is becoming increasingly alien to its inhabitants, and for an earth on which people are becoming foreign bodies. It is an earth in a foreign land, a terra diaspora.

The first part of the 2024 programme series is called TERRA DIASPORA – WELTEN WANDELN and shows artists, who create new worlds between rational reality, dream, and fantasy. Dubious of a purely functional picture of reality and often affected by family experiences of migration, the exhibited artists connect the accustomed with the new, combine facts with the fantastic and create their own identities out of old stories and new experiences. Worlds are made visible which stem from our roots and emerge when we wander the earth.
The 2024-2025 annual programme, developed by curator Stephan Klee and the participating artists, will be overseen by him over the next two years. For the central group exhibition Welten Wandeln Nicola E. Petek – an expert of figurative contemporary art – is the Co Curator. As a curator-duo together they conceive and arrange fifteen international artistic positions to provide an astonishing array of actual, fantastic, subjective, and playful approaches to the topic in the medieval exhibitions halls of Altes Rathaus Göttingen.

We would like to thank our sponsors: Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and the Arts, Stiftung Niedersachsen, City of Göttingen, Landschaftsverband Südniedersachsen e.V. und Sparkasse Göttingen.


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