Curated by Kathrin Becker, as part of Berlin Art Week 2020, The Invented History is a group exhibition that examines the need to critically question historical narratives. History is no longer viewed as a mere collection of data and facts, as a linear sequence of clearly defined events. Instead, there is a growing awareness that historiography must always also be interpreted under the political auspices of its “authors”. Today there are increasing attempts to control the interpretation of history—first and foremost by anti-democratic forces around the world. The artists in the exhibition track down previously concealed or suppressed historical phenomena, view history through the filter of their own biography, and thus work on a critical historiography in contrast to existing systems of rule.
The exhibition features works by Nadia Kaabi-Linke and Larissa Sansour / Søren Lind, alongside artists including Yael Bartana, Ramesch Daha, Anna Dasović, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Andrew Gilbert, Aslan Ġoisum, Maryam Jafri, Zartosht Rahimi, Maja Weyermann, and Akram Zaatari.