Installation view, 2024 | © NS-Dokumentationszentrum München

TAKDİR. Die Anerkennung Installation

Installation with an interactive tutorial by Ülkü Süngün

June 22 to July 28, 2024

About the installation

In her tutorial the artist Ülkü Süngün teaches interested participants the correct way to pronounce the names of the ten people murdered by the NSU (National Socialist Underground). As the ten names are spoken over and over again, memories and a sense of homage resonate, creating a temporary memorial to Enver Şimşek, Abdurrahim Özüdoğru, Süleyman Taşköprü, Habil Kılıç, Mehmet Turgut, İsmail Yaşar, Theodoros Boulgarides, Mehmet Kubaşık, Halit Yozgat and Michèle Kiesewetter.

The tutorial is based on the participative performance TAKDİR. Die Anerkennung which Ülkü Süngün showed at the Munich Documentation Center on June 21, 2024. The word “Anerkennung” can be translated with esteem or appreciation. Süngün developed both the performance and the tutorial from her engagement as an activist as a way of inquiring into the practice of remembrance culture in public space. Who is publicly commemorated, who is honored with a memorial and who is not. How can memory be expressed through language? And what does a moment of remembrance mean for each of us individually? The large-format image bearing the ten calligraphed names is framed by Turkish marble paper, a traditional Turkish art form called Ebru. It creates a kind of stage set, symbolizing a further level of respect for the names of those murdered.


June 22 to July 28, 2024

Munich Documentation Center, 1st Floor

The installation is part of the exhibition Far-right Terrorism. Conspiracy and Radicalization – 1945 until Today.

About the artist

Ülkü Süngün (b. 1970) is a visual artist and activist. She lives and works in Stuttgart, where she studied sculpture at the State Academy of Art and Design. She undertakes critical explorations of topics such as migration, identity, and memory using a variety of media, such as photography, video, installations, and lecture performance, always involving public space.

Ülkü Süngün in TAKDİR. Die Anerkennung, 2021, film still | © Ülkü Süngün / Offener Prozess/ ASA-ff.e.V. Chemnitz