Embrace is a nomadic platform for interdisciplinary cultural and artistic exchange designed to promote both national and international cooperation. Established in 2020 by Karolina Sobel and Kerstin Möller, it brings together a multiplicity of medial art forms, including video, photography, sound installations, performances, and workshops.

The exhibition Embrace advocates gender equality and the normalization of non-binary gender identities in Germany, Poland, and Europe. The emphasis is on artistic exchange on the topics of LGBTQIA+ and women’s rights, as well as on forms of nonviolent resistance.

As its premiere project, the platform has organized an exhibition for the Badischer Kunstverein featuring invited Polish artists and artists with biographical connections to Karlsruhe. Embrace was funded by the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe project support program for media art 2021 and works in cooperation with Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Kinemathek Karlsruhe, Landeshauptstadt Hannover - Kulturbüro, UNESCO City of Music Hannover and Pawilon, Poznan, Poland.

Participating artists:

Charlotte Eifler, Mara Ittel, Edka Jarząb, Jessica Kessler, Kerstin Möller, Karol Radziszewski & Queer Archives Institute, Karolina Sobel, Liliana Zeic.

Opening: 10.20.2022 at the Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe
10 February – 18 April 2022


  • Workshop* with Edka Jarzab 4.2. - 6.2.22, 11am–4pm
  • Performance by Edka Jarząb & opening of the installation SPACE IS THE SAFE PLACE by the artist and workshop participants 10.2.22
  • Guided City Tour Queer Urban History with Ilona Scheidle: Saturday, 12.2.2022, 2pm, Meeting place: Badischer Kunstverein (Please register for the Guided City Tour at: embraceplatform@gmail.com)
  • Film program at the Kinemathek Karlsruhe with contributions by Peaches, Karol Radziszewski and further contributions on the topic of LGBTQI+:13.02.22, 7pm and 9pm & 14.04.22, 7pm and 9pm

* The workshop attempts to establish a Safe Space – a place that does justice to our needs for retreat, togetherness, and protection. Through this Safe Space, we shed light on everyday challenges with queerness, femmehood, and highly sensitive individuals, as well as having aims and needs that differ from those implied by normative models. 

In cooperation with

With support of


  • City of Karlsruhe, External relations and strategic marketing department
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