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Das Giftraum /// Whos Fuckin Planet! – Photographs by Martyn Goodacre

21 Feb 2020 – 1 Mar 2020

Regular opening hours

Monday
17:00 – 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 – 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 – 22:00
Thursday
17:00 – 22:00
Friday
17:00 – 22:00
Saturday
17:00 – 22:00
Sunday
17:00 – 22:00

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Das Gift

Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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​It’s the year 2020. A year where the UK is faced with increasing austerity measures, a housing crisis that only seems to be accelerating and a big, blue, Tory shadow cast over the Isles. Rewind 30 years and the picture isn’t all that dissimilar.

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Back in the 80s and early 90s, when house prices were soaring and public land was being auctioned off to make way for inscrutable developers, a number of small communities were hanging their home sweet home signs in abandoned warehouses, derelict properties, neglected council houses, empty plots of land and buses. Some did it out of necessity, others preferred the communal lifestyle already kick-started by the hippies in the 60’s and 70’s, but most saw this as a form of protest. In 1984, with an unemployment rate of nearly 12% in the UK, it was inevitable that artists, musicians, students, the unemployed and immigrants would come together in a revolt against being homeless whilst gentrification, racism and homophobia loomed.

For the first time, photographer Martyn Goodacre presents ‘Whos Fuckin Planet!’ – a personal photographic diary of the lives of Squatters and New Age Travellers in 80s and 90s England. As somebody who occupied various squats in London (including the notorious Ambulance Station on Old Kent Road), Goodacre’s images are not voyeuristic but are instead a visual record from somebody who was at the centre of it all.

Here he captures the daily lives of those, who, despite the total demolition of the country (no thanks to Thatcherism), banded and boarded together to live, eat, demonstrate, perform, create and say ‘FUCK YOU!’ to the government.

Martyn Goodacre (b. almost 1964) is a British photographer living in Berlin and worried about Brexit. martyngoodacre.com/
Curated by Stephanie Hamer (b. 1991), a British painter living in Berlin and worried about WWIII. https://www.instagram.com/stephanie__hamer/

Exhibition title inspired by the iconic Back To The Planet tshirt.

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VERNISSAGE
21.02.20 // 19h-02hr

With DJ sets from the highly sought after Mark Reeder (MFS B-Movie, mfsberlin.com) and the Berlin groovemaster Mr. Fonk (Disco Bizarre/Smile for a While).

AUSSTELLUNG
22.02.20 – 01.03.20

Open daily // 17h-22h

LOCATION
Das Gift
Donaustraße 119
12043 Berlin

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Curators

Stephanie Hamer

Exhibiting artists

Martyn Goodacre

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