die Palmen sich wie folgt gruppieren:

Bamberg 2023

26 November 2023 – 07 Januar 2024, Kunstverein Bamberg

seventeen specimens of the Vogelsaal, Naturkundemuseum Bamberg

le palme che si aggruppano com segue:

31 October – 26 November 2023, Deutsches Studienzentrum Venedig, D3082

in collaboration with Anna Lena von Helldorff, curated by Petra Schaefer

o rei adorava palmeiras/ the king loved palm trees

An attempt to tell this story.

performance with Juliana R./ images: Luís Knihs

esponja, São Paulo; 2023

Language: German/ Portuguese/ English

We find palm trees in the most diverse contexts as a symbol and promise of paradise. In the global North - an unnatural habitat for palm trees –they appear as an exotic and romanticized symbol of non-European territories since colonial expansion. The positive connotation of the plant is therefore fragile and ambivalent in the face of long ecological and economic exploitation.

The tension between scientific, economic, and aesthetic interest in palm trees is particularly evident in the work of botanist Carl Friedrich Phillip von Martius. Martius returned from Brazil to Munich in 1820 after a three-year research trip and subsequently devoted much of his research interest to palm trees.

The performance brings together the context of Martius' work with a visual, sound and historical relationship of artificial palm tree habitats and their symbolic meaning.

Vôce pode imaginar?

walk with Juliana R./ public space, Munich; 2023

images: Verena Kathrein

The performative walk brings together an acoustic foray through artificial habitats of palm trees in São Paulo with research on historical palm research, botanical classification and cultivation of palm trees in Munich.
Language: German/ Portuguese

die Palmen sich wie folgt gruppieren:

12.07. – 01.10.2023 | Maximilians Forum München

in collaboration with Anna Lena von Helldorff and Juliana R.

images: Verena Kathrein

Widerstand – Aneignung, Übersetzung und Transfer. Ein Realitätstheater,


Installation view Beyond Spectacle, Platform München; 2023

Printed Book, Video, Poster, Script

Spaziergang durch die Sammlung Spix und Martius

in context of im Grünen; zentral, offen, alt together with Leonie Chima Emeka


06.08.2021: Reading in the Handkerchief Tree and Teppichgespräch with ethnologist Wolfgang Kapfhammer and Leonie Chima Emeka

04.09.2021: Walks through the Alter Botanischer Garten with the Kunstpavilion Team Lena Bröcker, Anna Lena von Helldorff, Katharina Weishäupl and interested people; city map on infrastructure and setting with Munich pavement slabs; reading of the contribution to the Botanische Staatssammlung with Katharina Weishäupl

Locations of the walk [texts in progress]: Allitera Verlag, Alter Botanischer Garten, Botanischer Garten, Botanische Staatssammlung, Gedenktafel für Martius, Luitpold Café, Martiusstraße, Mineralogische Staatssammlung, Museum Fünf Kontinente, Palmenhaus; Schloß Nymphenburg, Residenz, Staatsbibliothek München, Stadtmuseum, Südlicher Friedhof, Zoologische Staatssammlung

Photos: Anna Lena von Helldorff and Stefan Freund

The collection of the naturalists Spix and Martius, which they brought with them from Brazil in the 19th century, is today distributed among various institutions in Munich. Carl Philipp Friedrich von Martius was the director of the Botanical Garden, which was back then located on what is now the site of the Alter Botanischer Garten. Together with the zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix, the botanist led an expedition to Brazil (1817-1820) at the behest of King Maximilian I Joseph. I invited the art historian Leonie Chima Emeka, with her focus on provenance research, to follow together the traces of this research trip in Munich's public space. In the course of their trip to Brazil, the two naturalists imported a considerable collection of animals, plants, cultural objects and minerals.The walk is leading along several museums and streets, cafés and various parks. Focusing on the whereabouts of the collection, the walk invites visitors to take a special look at Munich's history and ask questions about colonialism, ownership and foreignness, exoticisation and palm trees to find out how a journey to Brazil has shaped the city to this day and how this heritage is dealt with.

Widerstand – Aneignung, Übersetzung und Transfer. Ein Realitätstheater.

Performance 80' / Discussion / 2020

KV Leipzig / as part of the exhibition Please divide in groups of two or three

with Diana Felber, Nora Wehofsits, Louis Hay, Anna Lena von Helldorff, Anna Jehle, Juliane Schickedanz, Frauke Zabel

outfit: KV–Vereinskollektion by Katrin Mayer

photos: Caspar Sänger

The printed book "Realität–Theater–Körper–Aneignung–Übersetzung–Transfer. Möglichkeiten und Unmöglichkeiten des Widerstands", published by adocs publishing in 2019, was repeatedly revised by Frauke Zabel in collaboration with Anna Lena von Helldorff after its publication. The long-term project takes its starting point in a discussion between five cultural workers – Cláudio Bueno, Bárbara Esmenia, Peter Pál Pelbart, Sylvia Prado and Márcia Silva – in São Paulo about resistance against neo-fascism, right-wing populism and censorship in Brazil. Already in this conversation, the role of Frauke Zabel, as a white, German artist in Brazil who invited to this discussion and sits at the table, comes into focus.
The reworking and reflection on this role has been transferred as an ongoing process into a video work. In the video, the performative reading of the text becomes visible alongside the editing and reworking of the printed book, as a continuous examination and process of learning.

Widerstand – Aneignung, Übersetzung und Transfer. Ein Realitätstheater.

Performance 80' / Discussion / 2019

Neues Rathaus München

with Anne Kulbatzki, Jules* Elting, Mehmet Sözer, Isabelle Cohn, Vivi Balby and Diana Marie Müller

photos: Constanza Meléndez

The Joker System
Video 20’ / Installation / 2018
Text source: Augusto Boal, “A sistema coringa”, 1967
Voice: Diogo da Cruz

The video The Joker System is based on the 1967 by Augusto Boal made slide film A sistema coringa (The Joker System). In this slide film, which consists of 50 slides, Boal describes the development of the Joker system, which marks a big step towards the Theater of the Oppressed. Each slide is accompanied by a short paragraph of text explaining the context of each picture.
The projection of the slides one after another on a wall was filmed. So the slide film has become a movie, accompanied by a reading of the slightly altered original text of Boal.

Towards Healing

Performance 25' / 2018
Sound: Juliana R.
Performer: Luis Argauer, Charlotte Coosemans, Leonie Emeka, Mira Mann, Lukas Rath
Photos: Beowulf Tomek

The Performance Towards Healing consists of movements and interactions between four Performers. The spatial and sculptural form of the space refers to the architecture of the Teatro de Arena in São Paulo. By using this technique of Statue Theater the performers are restaging various documentary images of different theater plays at the Teatro de Arena from 1964 to 1971. The reenactment develops a new narration which consists of the combination of historical images from different theater plays. The movement and touches are addressing contexts from care to violent, manipulative shaping of another person. Different group constellations are created in the course of the performance without any verbal communication.