19:00 – 23:00 03.03.2017
The long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin will present 7 Asian – backgrounded women artists who’s work is mainly focused on the identity.
“In Central Asia we have the concept of mankurtism, which describes the loss of the national roots, the traditional values and culture. Previously it referred to slaves, called Mankurts, who completely lost the memory of their past live by undergoing a special, torturelike treatment.Today we use this term to describe people who have, consciously or unconsciously, adopted other cultural values.This loss of memory concerns the manners, the morals and even the language, which are being replaced by other values.One of the causes of this phenomenon in our time is globalization.
Modern life in Kazakhstan with its new sets of values has become so natural, that it seems almost impossible to connect with the ancient nomadic traditions. Perhaps it would also be not suitable anymore. Now, since we are no longer nomads, I would like to know, what should we keep and what should we give up, as a new generation? What do we need to keep in mind in this present process of change?
Considering and reflecting upon all this, one wonders whether it makes any sense at all to deal with this issue, or if it would better to simply live in the flow of these events without thinking about them?”
The Artist Gulnur Mukazhanova is born and grown up in Kazakhstan has been based in Berlin since 2009, graduated from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan and Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.
Gulnur Mukazhanova will present her on-going series ‘Global Society’ within Yellow Matters programm.
Technically Asians are 60% of the world population and Asia is full of diversity, although the Western world fails to recognize the world’s largest ethnic group as it is. ‘Yellow Matters’ s purpose is to be heard, presenting our thought and voice through our artistic practice in Berlin.
The project is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin ).
SOMA rolled on the road with 40 Berliner artist’s works
more than 10,000 kms in 50 days between the two continents.
The works are shown on the site whereever we found the best
place. SOMA’s Nomadic BLue Project was shown in Chefchaouen – Fez – Essaouria – Sidi Ifni – Dakhla. The project spots were varying from the stormy desert to on the roof a mosque.
Nomadic Exchange Project between the two continents is on-going, currently in develpoment process to be held in Dec. 2017 for 2 weeks in Morocco for further understanding between Europe and North Africa.
San Jin & Atusko Minami
Just what does it mean to be spiritual and how do people experience and express spirituality?
For some people spirituality means one’s manner of being , some define it more behaviorally as a set of behavior repertoires that is formal and ceremonial, still for others, it is the fullest possible actualization of what a person is in her& his heart… wherein the totality of all the dimensions and capacities and contents of one’s life and soul are brought to conscious unity in realization.
SOMA presents San Jin and Atsuko Minami’s works which are deeply connected with the spirituality and their life time events and experience such as death and life, the consciousness of being a part of a nature and universe. The universe that is invisible yet, it is obviously there when one is open to it as a visible world. San Jin’s works are inspired by shamanic path whereas Atsuko Minami’s works are deeply connected with Kami – the spirits or phenomena that are worshiped in Shinto. In both of the Artists’ work spirituality is not separate from nature, but is of nature, possessing positive and negative, good and evil characteristics. They are the interconnecting energy of the universe, and are considered exemplary of what humanity should strive towards.
curator : Nabi Nara
– Stephanie Sarley’s The Fruits of Art
SOMA is so happy to announce Stepahnie Sarley’s first international solo exbition for its first time in Berlin.
‘The Fruits of Art’ are serial video artworks of fruit being fingered and her instagram accounts which contains the contents have been disabled several times since last 3 years.
Her video is basically about personifying and empowering vaginas through humor and absurdity, and the acceptance of female sexuality at large.
Reisen? Unterwegssein, Abenteuerlust, Fremde, Begegnungen… Für Elke Werneburg als Künstlerin heißt Reisen auch: Finden! Nicht etwa Suchen, sondern Finden. Damit gemeint ist der offene, unabsichtliche, ergebnisoffene Blick in die Welt.
So kommt Werneburg zu vielen Fundstücken. Gemeinsam ist ihnen: In den Augen der Welt sind sie mehr oder weniger wertlos. Gemeinsam ist ihnen außerdem der Zauber, den sie entwickeln können unter einem offenen, empathischen, wachen Blick. Dann sind sie schön, berührend,
interessant, aufschlussreich: Bonbonpapier, Kronkorken, zur Unkennbarkeit zertretene Kunststoffteilchen, von der Zeit geschliffene Glas- oder Porzellanscherben, Stofffetzen, Steine, Plastikzeugs. Farbiges, Rundes, Schroffes, Glitzerndes, Rätselhaftes…
Im Kern geht es hier um ästhetische Erfahrung, die zu tun hat mit Wertschätzung: unvoreingenommene, unmittelbare, wertschätzende Aufmerksamkeit für das Hier und Jetzt. Aus dieser Erfahrung heraus entstehen Werneburgs Schatullen-Arbeiten. Und diese Erfahrung wird
auch möglich in der Rezeption.
Exemplarisch in ihrer Anschaulichkeit und Deutlichkeit: die Reiseschatullen voller Miniatur-Fundstücke. Fertiggestellt (2015) sind sieben: Berlin, Goa, Lissabon, Korfu, Marokko, Paris, Venedig; vielleicht entsteht in New York eine achte. – Die Ausstellungsauswahl: Berlin, Goa, Paris. – Jede Schatulle ist erstens eingebettet in eine gefundene länderspezifische Plastiktüte.
Beigelegt ist zweitens ein Heftchen mit Kurzinfos zu Fundorten etc. Sämtliches Material ist secondhand.
Aufschlussreich ist, worum es sich hier nicht handelt: Die Fundstücke sind nicht kunstkonventionell aufbereitet; nicht aufgewertet durch gestalterische Einbindung in einen neuen, sinnstiftenden Kontext – etwa eine Montage, eine Installation, eine Skulptur. Sondern sie bleiben ›sie selbst‹: Fundstücke – mit einem Zuhause in ihrer Schatulle. Von Reisen, von Orten der Welt wird hier berichtet durch Präsenz der Dinge und ihre ästhetische Erfahrbarkeit.
Foto credit www.martin-liebermann.de Text www.adele-gerdes.de
Curator : Nabi Nara
13th -16th October 2016
Venue : Espace Saint Bernard
34-36 rue Saint-Bernard 1060 Bruxelles
SOMA has presented the three artists from Berlin ;
Wu Zhi www.wuzhi.de
Doris Hansen www.dorislande.de
Zabo Chabiland www.zabo-chabiland.com/
Check out the trailer here ;
Roland Walter & Melanie Widmann
‘Space between Skin and Earth’
Erde und Haut.
Welche Auswirkungen hat das Element Erde auf das Wohlbefinden des menschlichen Körpers? Welcher innerer, sehr persönlicher Prozess wird dadurch ausgelöst und bewusst durchlebt?
Eine junge Frau und ein älterer Mann mit spastischer Lähmung gehen dieser Frage in einer Performance nach. Was bringt die Erforschung des anderen Körpers über das Element Erde mit sich, und inwiefern verändert sich der Seinezustand der Performer durch diese Fusion?
foto credit : Andrea Speer
Am I You?
Matthias Haase (Philosopher, Professor/Universität Leipzig)
Imagine, X says to Y: ‘You are F.’ Y responds: ‘Yes, I’m F.’ Obviously, X and Y are in agreement about who is F. A philosopher might express this point in the following way: You are ‘you’ to me; and I am ‘you’ to you. The question of this paper is: Can I be ‘you’ to me? My answer is: No. – It might be replied, nothing is easier: fix your gaze in the mirror and say the words, ‘Hey, you!’ But my question is whether in doing such things I stand to myself in the very same kind of relation I stand in to you in address. ……… Recently, it has been suggested that the rendering is needed to make sense of the very idea of morality. Say, X demands of Y: ‘You must Φ!’ And let the ‘must’ express the force of the relevant kind of deontic necessity. In this case, the following is said to hold: Y’s response, ‘You are right, I must Φ’, is only sincere if Y adopts the very perspective from which X spoke and makes the demand on herself – that is, if she, as it were, thinks to herself, ‘You must Φ!’ or ‘Φ!’ And her having the capacity to do so is supposed to be the condition of her being subject to this kind of necessity…………
‘Duos’ is the long-term curatorial project of S0MA Art Gallery Berlin. By questioning what relations, intimacies, being together or being alone mean in our life, in our time, the ‘Duos’ project collaborates with the Philosopher Matthias Haase.
18:00 – Saturday 04.06.2016
SOMA Art Gallery
Liegnitzer str.34 10999 Berlin
The Making of a Generation
SOMA Art Gallery presents the Making of a Generation by Maria Uroos. Utilizing interactivity, visual communication, prints, video projection, and a site-specific installation, this exhibition addresses the refugee crisis that has been unfolding in Syria and many other countries in the world. More people than ever are facing major humanitarian crisis – over 125 million people are displaced and have fled their homes as a result of war conflicts and persecution.
She felt the need to create a visual dialogue about the changes in life, culture, and religion that she saw post 9/11. Her tools include text and image, metaphors and analogies, elements and principles. All convey thoughts about the region where she lived, fleshed out into a form that is meant to extend conversations. Each piece begins with her.
Maria Uroos (b. 1984) is a Pakistani-born, New York City-based graphic designer. She studied Communications Design at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute and holds an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from the City College of New York. Her work incorporates graphic elements of vernacular media, such as hand-written typography and collage, to examine representations of ownership and authenticity. Using, traditional art forms, and digital media, Uroos presents intriguing and thought provoking narratives that explore the historical vicissitudes of cultural identity and shed light on the human condition in a war torn society. She also works with various digital models, including 3D printing and motion graphics, to engage with contemporary issues of displacement, forced migration, and basic human rights issues.
Uroos’s work has been exhibited in the JH Arts Festival, Art Gotham, and Crest Art Fest, as well as at the West Side Gallery, Pratt Institute Gallery, Open Gallery Space, Musée Le Livre et la Lettre, and Hotel Arbez Franco-Suisse. She recently curated Design + Architecture = Art; and Hang Together: Collaborative Work & Practices.