Yellow Matters ‘If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade’ | kate-hers RHEE

07.-17.05.2017

Opening
15:00- 20:00
07.05. Sunday. 2017

“If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade” is a powerful maxim that encourages an optimistic attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Since moving to Berlin in 2009, interdisciplinary visual artist kate-hers RHEE’s work explores the intersections of race, gender and cultural identity specific to language and nation. In this solo exhibition, she presents work that confronts disparaging racist and sexist German colloquialisms, while deflating them with humour and wit. “If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade” is often used by women, women of colour and recently quite famously referred to by Beyoncé in her iconic music album Lemonade with a direct quote from Hattie White, Jay Z’s grandmother. Born in Seoul, kate-hers RHEE was raised in the racially segregated suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Her interdisciplinary work reflects the complex nature of miscast identity, cultural dislocation, and gendered interactions. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of California – Irvine, where she was a Graduate Studies Diversity and Jacob K. Javits fellow. RHEE’s work has been shown nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions and interactive projects at the Art Space One – Seoul (2016-17), Asian Arts Initiative – Philadelphia, PA (2017), Seoul Art Space SEOGYO (2017), British Museum – London (2016), Asian Art Museum – Berlin (2016-2017), and the Neuer Berlin Kunstverein (2016). RHEE was a recipient of the Berlin Visual Artist Fellowship in 2016.

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And then there were none. Single Channel HD Video and Photo, ©2013 estherka

‘If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade’ is part of the long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin and is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).

Curator : Nabi Nara
http://somagallery.de/

08-17.05. 2017
By appointment : nabinara@berlin.com

 

Yellow Matters ‘RUSH’- Phuong Tran Minh

Phuong Tran Minh was born in Hanoi / Vietnam, raised in Germany has studied at the University of Potsdam.
Her work is based in the field of documentary photography, moving between post war issues, artistic portraits and landscape photography. Her first exhibition with „Tomorrowland“, a series about young Agent Orange victims, was made public in Paris (2015). ‘RUSH’ is part of the long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin and is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).


(EN)
Spending about one and a half year at gas stations, rest stops and side-strips, with a thumb up, often with a destination suggesting cardboard sign in front of the thorax, I roamed the German autobahns from north to south to east to west and always amidst life.Numerous people gave me a lift and decided to share some time with me in a limited space. Thus, many miles slipped away under fast moving tires, many hours have been filled up with caught up sleep, nice chats, deep talks and common silence. Like bloodcells we flowed over the veinous roads, from time to time we got stuck in a traffic thrombosis. At least our conversations went on. Some dialogues were silent as breathing at the Baltics, some as deep as the tunnels running through the Alps and some accompanied by mutual laughter.
The images oft he landscape, the sky, the traffic lanes which passed by the car windows were too intriguing to let them just flash by and vanish. Thus, I captured them with my camera. The visual poems displayed on the passenger’s window needed to be written down and I was eager to make notes for others to read them.
Regarding a rush in stillness, regardless oft he time passing by on the right.

(DE)
Es ist kein Ort der Sehnsucht, zu dem es mich zieht, sondern der Rausch der Gedanken, der mich hinaustreibt. Mit hoher Geschwindigkeit in Bewegung sein und trotzdem die Möglichkeit haben, zu träumen, inne zu halten, im Geiste zu leben… Bilder, die sich wortlos zu einem Tagebuch fügen, in dem ich alles nachlesen kann, was ich empfinde und empfand. Jene Gefühle, die ich weiterfühlen kann, die ich mit mir nehmen will und welche, die ich zu Ende fühlen bereit bin…
Über anderthalb Jahre verbrachte ich an Seitenstreifen, Autobahnraststätten und Tankstellen, mit erhobenem Daumen oder einem Kartonstück mit einem Ortsnamen,der mehr einem Richtungsvorschlag entsprach als einem konkreten Ziel. Denn das Ziel war ja die Fortbewegung. Es ging querfeldein von Nord nach Süd, von Ost nach West und immer mitten durchs Leben. Durch Deutschland. Wie Blutzellen flossen die Fahrer und ich durch die Adern, manchmal steckten wir in einer Thrombose, doch dann ging es zumindest im Gespräch weiter. Manche Dialoge waren leise wie das Atmen an der Ostsee, manche so tief wie ein Tunnel durch die Alpen und einige vom Lachen flankiert. Die Bilder der Landschaft, des Himmels, der Fahrspuren, die an den Fenstern vorbeizogen, waren zu schön, als dass ich sie loslassen wollte. Also hielt ich sie mit der Kamera fest. Das Beifahrerfenster diktierte mir auf dem Grau ein Gedichtband mit grünem Rand und ich wollte
aufschreiben, was ich sah, damit jeder es nachlesen kann. Den Rausch in Ruhe betrachten, ungeachtet dessen, ob die Zeit rechts überholt.

Curator : Nabi Nara

 

Yellow Matters ‘ A Window and a Street’ – Grace Euna Kim

‘A window and a street’

Grace Euna Kim

19:00 – 23:00
Performance at 19:30

14.-25.04. 2017

Grace Euna Kim’s performances are immersive contexts developed in close connection to the social reality of the audience, who are both subjects and objects of artistic action. Rooted in interventionist methodologies, the work challenges the imaginary mechanisms that shape our common belief structures and the relation of self, other, and world. ‘A window and a street’ invites the audience into a collective reflection on the cages of the imagination and the absurdity of our human condition.

http://www.euna-kim.com/

‘A window and a street’ is part of the long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin and is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).
http://somagallery.de/

Curator : Nabi Nara

 

photo credit: Nadja Sayej, nadjasayej.com

photo credit: Nadja Sayej, nadjasayej.com

photo credit: Nadja Sayej, nadjasayej.com

                                         photographer: marjorie brunet plaza


Yellow Matters ‘SIGHT- a view of home’ – Tian Tian Wang

 

SIGHT- a view of home

Tian Tian Wang

Opening :
19:00 – 23:00 FRI. 31.03.2017

31.03- 14.04.2017


Does a house always mean ‘Home’?
How do we each personally define home? How closely is one’s home related to the architecture of a house itself? A house may take on different appearances in different nations, places and circumstances, and in its physical form, a house will tell personal stories and offer indications of social status. Fascinated by the form of apartment blocks from the ‘Plattenbau’ of Berlin to the tenthouses of Africa and China, Tian Tian Wang has been searching for the universal meaning of home through the dwellers in her works. Tian Tian Wang was born in Qingdao, People’s Republic of China, and has studied creative painting at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Frankfurt am Main. She was awarded by the Goldrausch Programm in Berlin, and has presented her works in venues worldwide, including at the 53rd Venice Biennale. For her solo exhibition at SOMA, she will present ongoing works on homes including new paintings inspired by her recent trip in Africa within the ‘Yellow Matters’ Programm.
The long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).

http://www.tiantianwang.de/

Curated with heart by

Nabi Nara

http://www.somagallery.de

 

 

Yellow Matters ‘SELF Code’ – Wu Zhi

SELF Code

Wu Zhi

Opening :
19:00 – 23:00 FRI. 17.03.2017

17.03 -28.03.2017

Wu Zhi ( Sichuan, CN / Berlin) pushes the conceptual boundaries of traditional portrait painting and drawing. Her artistic work, both classically rendered and theatrically composed, examines the complexities of the migrating experience as an Asian woman.
The twisted mortality revealed in the tension between social and psychological transformations endured by her subjects.
Wu Zhi will show her self- portraits of the last 15 years since she immigrated to Europe.

The long-term curatorial project ‘Yellow Matters’ by SOMA Art Gallery Berlin is supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin (Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin).

Curator
Nabi Nara

‘ROAD’ Berlin – Morocco – Western Sahara

 

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.

 

 

‘Forbidden Fruit’ – Stephanie Sarley’s The Fruits of Art

‘Forbidden Fruit’
– 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.

http://stephaniesarley.com/

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‘Zweiter Wahlgang’ – Wu Zhi & Alexej Tchernyi

‘Zweiter Wahlgang’ – Politische Gefangene
‘Second Poll’ – Political Prisoners

Wu Zhi and Alexej Tchernyi

When we walk into a voting booth , we’d like to think that we are making a considered decision, based on the issues.
A properly functioning democratic system, which gives its citizens the power to choose their leaders requires that voters are rational and that society can trust them to make sound judgments.
Although we would like to assume that voters are rational when it comes to electing their leaders, it seems, people are heavily influenced by the images that politicians project.
An important, and as yet unanswered, question concerns the accuracy of judgments based on facial appearances:
Or, more broadly, can you tell something about a political candidate solely from his or her appearance?
Are they real?

The artists duo Wu Zhi and Alexej Tchernyi, fascinated by politician’s voting posters regardless of their party, collected them on the street of Berlin and converted them as thier playful canvases.
‘Zweiter Wahlgang’ – Politische Gefangene is the artistic play and game responding to the images which politicians want to project to its society.

‘Zweiter Wahlgang’ by Wu Zhi and Alexej Tchernyi is presented as SOMA Art Gallery’s long-term curatorial project ‘Duos’.

curator : Nabi Nara

 
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Lee + Liou – Photography Exhibition in Exchange Europe – Asia


Lee + Liou

Photography Exhibition in Exchange

Europe – Asia

Liou Tsang-Ru (Taipei, Taiwan) is an emerging photographer who works mainly in the field of fashion and art portrait photography. He is keen to capture the authentic emotions of his subjects, believes that a good picture can transcend time, culture, and nation and always send out a message to viewers. He is currently visiting Europe for the first time, where he will present works produced in his hometown as well moments he has captured in Europe.
http://www.lioutsangru.tw/

Sam Lee (Seoul, South Korea) is a young fashion photographer, currently based in Berlin. Through collaborating with young designers and models in Berlin, she has found out that she is drawn to capturing the beauty of young male models. She will present works portraying young male models, backstage snapshots of fashion shows, and scenes from fashion shoots.
http://samleegraphy.com/