Exhibition Project “Take Me to the River” from 30 November 2021 at the Hamburger Bahnhof

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

All over the world, artists and architects are dealing with the impact of climate change. Their works are generating creative spaces that increase awareness of changes in our environment and develop possible response strategies. Some of these perspectives are on view in the multimedia exhibition “Take Me to the River”, curated by Maya El Khalil and presented by the Goethe-Institut and the Prince Claus Fund. From 30 November to 12 December 2021, works that had only been available online will be shown as part of the Goethe-Institut’s anniversary programme at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.

Since 2018, the Goethe-Institut and the Prince Claus Fund based in Amsterdam have offered a subsidy programme to support initiatives that explore cultural and artistic responses to global environmental change. Up to now, funding has been provided for 54 art and culture projects from Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. “Take Me to the River” will showcase 15 of these works to the public. Initially only presented in a digital format due to the pandemic, the exhibition is now being shown in Berlin as part of the Goethe-Institut’s 70th-anniversary programme.

“Take Me to the River” presents the funded projects’ diverse perspectives as a chorus of voices against resource extraction, environmental abuse, and the violation of Indigenous communities’ rights. The exhibition is curated by Maya El Khalil, an Oxford-based independent curator and cultural consultant. She has established conceptual relationships between the individual projects, linking them together to form a narrative that both highlights the climate crisis’ impact on people and the environment and suggests alternative responses. The selected works comprise film, photography, VR video, audio-visual archives, and community radios and include works by Marta Andreu, Arko Datto, Yaminay Chaudhri, Julia Tieke, Misha Vallejo, Himali Singh Soin, and many more.

To visit the exhibition, please select in the ticket shop the ticket "Die Sammlungen. The Collections. Les Collections".
The online exhibition is available at: www.takemetotheriver.net


The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. With 158 Goethe-Institutes in 98 countries, it promotes knowledge of the German language abroad, fosters international cultural cooperation, and conveys a contemporary image of Germany. Due to its work with partner institutions in numerous locations, the Goethe-Institut has approximately 1000 points of contact worldwide.

Prince Claus Fund

Since its founding in 1996 the Prince Claus Fund has been honouring, supporting and connecting artists and cultural practitioners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, especially where cultural expression is under pressure. The Fund has been active in the arts and culture sectors globally, generating possibilities for critical discussion and boosting creative expression. The Prince Claus Fund is a global leader in supporting independent cultural initiatives of the highest quality with a broad social impact.