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A Rose is A Rose – contemporary art exhibition supporting victims of female genital mutilation

September 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - September 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm UTC+2

105 contemporary artists will take part in A Rose is A Rose – a fund raising exhibition to support victims of female genital mutilation. The exhibition and art sale will take place at the Desert Flower Centre (Krankenhaus Waldfriede,Berlin-Zehlendorf) from 16th – 18th September 2016.

Curator Dodi Reifenberg says the FGM cause has inspired contributions by artists from Germany, USA, Japan, Austria, Israel, Italy, U.K., South Africa, Spain, Syria, Mexico, Tunis, Iran, Poland, Russia and Sweden. “It’s amazing to see how many artists (107) have stepped forward to support the crucial work being done by the Desert Flower Centre. We’ve ensured that there is room for all, by advising artists to submit small sized paintings, sculptures and photographs.”

Female genital mutilation causes needless pain and suffering to over 160 million girls and woman today. Complications can lead to infections and, in many cases, death. Dr. Roland Scherer, director of Desert Flower Center said that over 50,000 German residents have been subjected to female genital mutilation. “At the Desert Flower Center, we do our best to help with reconstructive surgery and therapy, but none of this is covered by health insurance. The funds from A Rose Is A Rose are greatly appreciated as they help further this laudable cause.”

The artists have agreed to donate at least 50 percent of their proceeds to the Desert Flower Center, some promising even the entire sum.


Alaleh Alamir
Hayyan Al Yousouf
Nobuyoshi Araki
Elvira Bach
Norbert Bisky
Whitney Bryan
Ulrike Buhl
Carles Castel
Antonio Catalani
Mimmo Catania
Loris Cecchini
Michelle Charles
Claudia Chaseling
Peter Chevalier
Sandro Chia
Rilo Chmielorz
Maria Chuikova
Ida-Marie Corell
Stephen Cox
Devon Dikeou
Nana Dix
Jiří Georg Dokoupil
Norma Drimmer
Kristian Dubbick
Theo Eshetu
Tina Eskilsson
Eva Sjodahl Essen
Fausto Faini
Roger Fritz
Bernhard Garbert
Christina Gartner-Koberling
Varda Getzow
Arina Grantseva
Erika Harrsch
Richard Hart
Valeria Heisenberg
Katja Hoffmann
Feodora Hohenlohe
Satch Hoyt
Leiko Ikemura
Jeffrey James
Halina Jaworski
Nadia Kaabi-Linke
Yoshiyuki Kakedo
Ilona Kalnoky
Katharina Karrenberg
Bernd Koberling
Andreas Kuß
Christin Lahr
Vera Lehndorff/Holger Trülzsch
Gerda Leopold
Via Lewandowsky
Ola Lewin
Colette Lumiere
Erik Mai
Bjorn Melhus
Mickey Markman
Angus Massey
Milovan Destil Markovic
Fiorentino De Martino
Yvette Mattern
Rudi Molacek
Trevor Morgan
Noa Nahari
Chris Newman
Bettina Niedt
Ann Noel
Haralampi G. Oroschakoff
Martin von Ostrowski
Mimmo Paladino
Pavel Pepperstein
Helena Petersen
Deborah Phillips
Georg Polke
Barbara Quandt
Jessica Rankin
Margaret Raspé
Dodi Reifenberg
Janna Riabowa
Daniel Richter
Antonio Riello
Rivka Rinn
Peter Rune Christiansen
Daphna Saker Massey
Karin Sander
Michael Sayles
Ingeborg zu Schleswig-Holstein
Eva Maria Schoen
Maria Serebriakova
Dorothea Seror
Mandy Smith/Oksana Valentelis
Klaudia Stoll
Nanaé Suzuki
Dagmar Uhde
Tanya Ury
Nicholé Velásquez
Ryszard Wasko
Caroline Weihrauch
Birgit Maria Wolf
Michel Würthle
Vadim Zakharov


Krankenhaus Waldfriede, Argentinische Allee 40, 14163 Berlin-Zehlendorf


16th September 2016
7pm: Inauguration

17th – 18th September

Exhibition open Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 7 pm

16th – 18th September

Hedoné project installation by Berlin based artist Rubò.*

17th September

“Desert Flower” screening – entrance free

German version: 4 – 4.30 pm

English version (original, with subtitles): 6 – 7.30 pm

18th September

11am – 5 pm: hospital and its premises open to the public

*Details of HEDONÉ (interactive performance / collective art project)

De Rerum Natura is an artistic recreation of the epic poem “On the Nature of Things“ by the Roman poet Lucretius, which defined the philosophy of Epicureanism.
Improvisation and aesthetic sensing are used to depict natural pleasures within an artistic performance.
This piece provides a glimpse of a larger collective art project called Hedoné, which uses Hedonism, Art and Philosophy to combat one of today’s major crimes against pleasure, namely that of female genital mutilation.
Our community gathering encapsulates the philosophy and sensuality of De Rerum Natura and Ethical Hedonism. Our costumes and decor are body paint and natural elements, designed to provoke a visual climax and channel the natural energy inspired by the beauty of the floral world.



September 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
September 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
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Krankenhaus Waldfriede
Argentinische Allee 40
Berlin, 14163 Germany