The Fifth Wall

silent green presents

An exhibition project by Mareike Bernien and Merle Kröger

The doors of the public broadcasting services in Germany are opening. An immense treasure trove of educational content, historical documents and film history lies behind them. In order to make this content accessible to a diverse public, models of future archival practice are required.

With The Fifth Wall, Mareike Bernien and Merle Kröger present a pioneering project of artistic research and an examination of a unique TV archive. The Fifth Wall gathers films, reportages, moderations, texts, letters and photos by the filmmaker and editor Navina Sundaram from over 40 years of her work in television. Sourced from ARD archives and Sundaram’s private archive, The Fifth Wall is a curated look at German migration and media history. Navina Sundaram (1945–2022) is thus the prime focus as an author who takes a journalistic stand: on internationalism and decolonisation, the question of class, racism, immigration, on Indian and German politics.

In the Betonhalle, The Fifth Wall is transferred into the exhibition space. Along five thematic islands, Bernien and Kröger open up a viewing and discussion platform that poses questions about migration, gender relations and post-colonial structures, among other things, and relates them to current debates about documentary film, journalistic ethics and the medium of television.

The Fifth Wall already exists as a comprehensive digital archive. It is at once a non-linear biography, television archive and research platform, offering a wealth of additional information on the project context.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive event programme. More information coming soon.

Thursday – Sunday, July 4–14
Admission free

The Fifth Wall is a project of silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbH.
Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion