Isaac Chong Wai has developed a performance referencing the woodcut Die Mütter (The Mothers) (1922-23) by Käthe Kollwitz, which portrays women and children marked by war.

For Chong Wai, this image is a symbol of solidarity and resistance. His work surrounding collective bodies under politically repressive regimes has led to his interest in songs of lamentation. For the Art Week 2022 he performs the piece in the Klosterruine – a monastery ruin, now an outdoor cultural venue in Berlin’s Mitte district. A group of performers and singers opens up the protected space created by Käthe Kollwitz and fills it anew by reciting various hymns together.


Klosterruine Berlin, Klosterstraße 73a, 10179 Berlin