The body precedes language: with eyes and ears, with hands and vocal chords. Language, meanwhile, not only describes the body. It inscribes itself into the body and continues to write it. Edits it according to the rules of the prevailing grammar. Shortens and reformulates it. Transcribes and catalogues its sound. Translates and breaks it down into its individual syntactic parts. Until the body, subjected to the grammars of foreign domination, threatens to turn from subject to object.

In written, visual and spoken language, the artists' collective parallelgesellschaft negotiates the colonised body and its relationship to the ideological state apparatus of language. In the rooms of the permanent exhibition at Burg Hülshoff, the exhibition KÖRPER:SPRACHEN enters into a dialogue with exhibits and visitors.


Etritanë Emini
Moshtari Hilal
Miedya Mahmod
Fatima Moumouni
Nazanin Noori
Paula Reissig
Tanasgol Sabbagh
ተመስገን ተስፉ (Temye Tesfu)
Norwin und Ralph Tharayil
சிந்துஜன் வரதராஜா (Sinthujan Varatharajah)
Ken Yamamoto


The exhibition can be visited during the opening hours of the Droste Museum at Burg Hülshoff from Wednesday to Sunday (11-18:30). Admission costs €7 and €4.50 reduced. Admission to the Droste Museum is free for visitors under the age of 18 and for those accompanying people with disabilities.

The exhibition is part of the project Schatten des Schattens: Sprache in (post)kolonialen Zeiten, a cooperation between Burg Hülshoff - Centre for Literature (CfL), the LWL Commission for Dialect and Name Research in Westphalia and the Institute of German Studies at the University of Münster, funded by the LWL Cultural Foundation as part of "POWR! Postcolonial Westphalia-Lippe" and the Sparkasse Münsterland Ost Foundation.