Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation at Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin

11 Feb - 30 Jul 2023
Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin Leipziger Str. 60 10117 Berlin Germany


A musuem visitor sits on a stool watching a film by Ulysses Jenkins. The wall behind them is emblazened with a large black and white mural reading "Thervisions."

Ulysses Jenkins, Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation, 2021, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. 

The Julia Stoschek Foundation presents the European premiere of Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation, the first major retrospective of the work of groundbreaking video and performance artist Ulysses Jenkins. The presentation follows the exhibition’s debut at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania and its ensuing presentation at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Co-curated by Meg Onli, formerly of the ICA, and Erin Christovale of the Hammer Museum, the exhibition includes Jenkins’ video pieces, collaborative works, mural paintings, and photography, as well as the restaging of two of his major performance works, Bay Window (1991) and Talking Hut (1994).

Jenkins, who resides in Los Angeles, emerged as a pioneering video artist in the late 1970s and was enormously influential for Black video artists of the 1990s and early 2000s. Through his use of archival footage, photographs, music, sound, and performances, Jenkins expanded upon and explored new expressions of the medium. His work interrogates questions of race and gender and identifies white supremacy as a disruptor of subjectivity.

An opening event on February 10 culminates in a 30-minute, responsive concert by renowned composer and saxophonist Matana Roberts.