The Palliative Turn

9 July – 3 October 2022

with Carla Åhlander, Louise Ashcroft, Simon Blanck, Christoph Draeger, Kasia Fudakowski, Anna Gohmert, Annemarie Goldschmidt, Teal Griffin, Harry Haddon, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Hjertström-Lappalainen, Keith Larson, Per Hüttner, Nina Katchadourian, Alex Kwartler, Karin Kytökangas, Mathias Lempart, Dafna Maimon, Marit Neeb, Laura Pientka, Sascia Reibel, John-Luke Roberts, Xavier Robles de Medina, Lydia Röder, Ruth Rubers, Maxwell Stephens, Anna M. Szaflarski, Nala Tessloff, Jana Thiel, Olav Westphalen, Gernot Wieland

The Palliative Turn is a project that spans across an exhibition, a program of events and a magazine that will be launched at the finissage. The project brings together contributions from artists, designers, a kinesiologist, a philosopher, a comedian, a grief and death counsellor, and a climate scientist, who have entered into an exchange within the framework of the Association for the Palliative Turn (APT). Founded in 2020, APT is an open-ended collaboration dedicated to discussing and promoting a palliative approach to, and in the arts. With an experimental, speculative and humorous approach, APT applies the concepts and approaches of palliative care to the current crises of civilization, viewing the period before systemic collapse as a time of insight, growth, and profound joy in all that is left. APT proposes no solutions, but an acceptance of the finitude of life and the limits of our remaining possibilities.

Curated by Nadja Quante in close collaboration with Kasia Fudakowski and Olav Westphalen 



Friday, 08.07., 7 pm 
Welcome: Janine Behrens, Managing Director
Greeting by Carmen Emigholz, State Councilor for Culture, Senator für Kultur Bremen
Introduction: Nadja Quante, Artistic Director
Followed by APT Manifesto, Performance by Maxwell Stephens 

Saturday, 09.07.
3 pm Palliative Drawing Sessions with Olav Westphalen
5 pm Exhibition tour with members of APT  

Sunday, 10.07., 12 noon
Walk on the Riensberg cemetery with Jana Thiel 

Wednesday, 27.07., 6 pm 
Guided tour with Frederik Preuschoft (in German) 

Wednesday, 28.09., 6 pm 
Curator’s Tour with Nadja Quante (in German) 

Friday, 30.09.
7 pm talk by Livia Paldi
8.30 pm film screening of contributions by Christoph Draeger, Nina Katchadourian, Olav Westphalen, et al.

Saturday, 01.10.
11 am Last Aid Course with Lydia Roeder (DE)
3 pm Workshop with Louise Ashcroft: NO KIDS (EN)
4.30 pm Exhibition tour with members of APT 
6 pm Performance by Per Hüttner: Duet with a Dying Plant
7 pm Open roundtable with members of APT 
8 pm Palliative Dinner (Registration at

Sunday, 02.10., 11 am 
Workshop with Annemarie Goldschmidt (Kinesiologist) and Per Hüttner (artist) (EN)

With the kind support of