The project It Will Be! explores gender roles within diverse cultural backgrounds and their relationship to the craft of sewing. The project’s goal is to recognize and foster potential for change in how we think about being together.
The project’s presentation at Haus am Lützowplatz is organized in conjunction with Mama Afrika e.V. and continues Mathilde ter Heijne’s previous projects Olacak! (DEPO, Istanbul 2010) and It Will Be! (Museum fur Neue Kunst, Freiburg 2014).
During the second edition of It Will Be! the participants, ranging from refugee communities to handiwork groups, crafted hundreds of triangular textiles and seating elements. Each fragment represents a voice, an independent creation with a personal written message that is integrated into the body of a large, ever-growing spatial sculpture – a changeable, flowing, disintegrating and reassembling form. It depicts a heterogeneous, multi-colored, temporary community as an autonomous zone.
The walk-in sculpture shall be a place where people of varying origins can meet and connect with each other. To further this mission, there will be an accompanying program, which includes discussions, performances, and further events, among them, an interactive audio and video installation was created in collaboration with Michael Gärtner and Chicks on Speed.
The project asks viewers and participants to envision political and social utopias, where self-empowerment, creative problem solving and cultural exchanges are paramount. It enacts these politics by asking subjects to think about how communities are made, how integration comes about, and how we can consider those who become marginalized by the movements of the masses that favor sexual normatively and homogenized identity.