In 1985, Dafna Maimon’s father opened the first falafel and kebab restaurant in Finland; Orient Express. Located in a shopping mall in Helsinki city centre, the restaurant introduced Finns to
In 1985, Dafna Maimon’s father opened the first falafel and kebab restaurant in Finland; Orient Express. Located in a shopping mall in Helsinki city centre, the restaurant introduced Finns to the previously unknown delicacies of the Middle East. At the same time, the fast-food restaurant was for many immigrants a work place that provided them with the documents necessary to obtain a residence permit and a start of a new life in Finland. Some years ago, Maimon found a rather strange high-budget video ad from 1986, which her father had produced, and which used his own exoticness in a high paced narrative to market kebabs in Finland. Starting from this autobiographical material and video-relic, Maimon is conducting a micro historical research, in which the workings of memory, family roles and the effects of destructive patriarchal structures are analyzed and weaved into a world of docufiction, spanning over performance video and installation. At the symposium on the 11th of November, Maimon will show the original ad and give a talk about her work-process and experience of growing up within a culture-clashing environment in which very patriarchal albeit ‘liberal’ behavior was the way of life. In Galerie Wedding, she will restage set elements and surroundings from the Orient Express ad, in which she will blend her own present experiences with her father’s autobiographical-material.
Dafna Maimon is an artist based in Berlin, whose practice includes short films, performance, online TV shows, texts, sculptures and interventions. Maimon has shown her work in institutions and art spaces such as KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) and at the Icelandic Pavilion 57th Venice Biennial. In 2017 she was nominated for Ars Viva (Berlin).
17.11.17-13.01.18, Tue-Sa 12am-5pm, Galerie Wedding
Concept and Production: Dafna Maimon
Supporters: Lilith Performance Studio, Galerie Wedding and Contemporary Art Center
Supported by the Finnish Institute Berlin