#inhausresist Democracy only exists with us.
As a New German Organization, we are committed to a post-migrant society in a democratic republic. Often we are not included in the domestic “we”. But we stand against it: This is our country, too. This is not possible without resistance, this is not possible without opposition. Internal and external, own and foreign resistant perspectives, movements and actions are therefore always there. To perceive them, to pay attention to them, to take a stand, to show solidarity, to ask questions, to remain curious – panta rhei is the symbol for our actions.
No resistor fits in a box, or in a museum.
For us it is clear: no form of resistance fits into a museum and to depict any is not our goal. We do not present conclusive truths, messages, ‘stories’ or ‘cultures’. We do not see our role as deciding where ‘the audience’ begins and ‘the exhibition’ ends. We engage in the process of addressing internal and external contradictions and oppositions, of pointing to perspectives and contexts, and of bringing different ways of hearing, seeing, feeling, and reading into and out of the museum. The installations as well as their realization are shaped by the interplay of the idea, the space and the interactions of people in and with the museum that take place.
Resistance must want to be seen. That is why part of our contribution is designed to work only if “the audience” becomes active and uses the codes. Resistance is multifaceted. Following the motto “The head is round so our thinking can change direction,” our It’s Yours! space is both a physical and a metaphorical space that encourages engagement with the daily handling of inner and outer resistance. Resistance is everywhere in Cologne. We take up different formats, and build another installation in Cologne-Kalk.