Ebru Tasdemir was born in 1973 in Berlin. Her parents came to Germany from Turkey as so-called “guest workers.“ She studied journalism and Turkology at the Freie Universität Berlin, and during her studies she worked as an interpreter, translator, and freelance radio journalist. In 2014 she published her book “Ein ´Turkish´ Sommer in Berlin“ (“A ´Turkish´ Summer in Berlin“) (Orlanda Verlag). For “Hate Poetry,“ an anti-racist reading performance of hate mails, in 2014 she and the other founding members received the “Journalists of the Year“ prize in the category “Special Award.“ As an editor she supported the German-Turkish news platform “taz.gazete“ of the German newspaper taz. Tasdemir is involved in the New German Media Makers, an association of journalists with international roots. She currently is working as a speaker, presenter, and author, and she writes regular columns for taz (“The Red Thread“) and for the radio broadcast DLF Kultur (“Political Features“).
Some “NEW Return” results faster and more unexpected than expected. Due to the ubiquitous effects of the Corona Pandemic, the Munich Biennale 2020 will for the first time become a dynamic festival. Premieres that cannot be released in Munich in May 2020 due to the pandemic will be premiered elsewhere, or in Munich at a different time.
The Munich Biennale will not stream performance-replacement pieces. It will not go online as a whole. The Internet is used primarily to provide impulses for later, physically real performance situations. We assume that many of the productions planned for the 2020 Biennial will see the light of day over the next eighteen months. The theme and spirit are to take place in the “Salon of Wonder and Views” as a unifying element over a longer period of time in various locations in a pointed manner.
In all existential crises, the arts have been a (co)decisive moment of renewal, of rethinking, of reflection, of departure, of conversion, of NEW Return, for each individual as well as for the community. Thus the dynamic Munich Biennale 2020/2021 is, with its motto “Point of NEW Return”, a metaphor for the necessary flexible handling of our present and a model for mobility, topicality and relevance of the arts.