Yellow Matters ‘The Life & Death Of Elle Peril’ | Lena Chen

“The Life & Death Of Elle Peril”
Lena Chen

“The Life & Death Of Elle Peril” presents a five-year experiment on persona. In the wake of revenge porn and cyber harassment, Lena Chen suffered from post-traumatic stress symptoms (depression, anxiety, paranoia, and hypervigilance) which impaired her ability to function socially and professionally. In 2013, she moved to Berlin and invented an alternate identity as nude model Elle Peril. Through ritualized acts of undressing and posing for (mostly male) strangers, Elle Peril functioned as a coping mechanism, survival tactic, and form of ad hoc therapy allowing the artist to reclaim agency over her body and personal narrative.

Lena Chen explores gender, identity, and trauma through text and performance. Since 2008, an anonymous Internet stalker has harassed Chen, her family, friends, and associates using tactics such as “Google-bombing” and doxxing. As one of the earliest documented cases of revenge porn and cyberstalking, her experience has been studied by academic researchers and covered in the press.

Chen received a degree in sociology from Harvard University in 2010. As an activist for reproductive freedom and women’s rights, she has been featured in mainstream media outlets and invited to speak at Oxford, Yale, Stanford, and SXSW. She is based in Berlin, where she curates participatory art projects and organizes events on creative activism.

www.elleperil.com (NSFW)

“The Life & Death Of Elle Peril” 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/

21-28.05. 2017
By appointment: nabinara@berlin.com

All Photos by Sophie le roux

 

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.

www.estherka.com

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 ‘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

Yellow Matters ‘Global Society’ – Gulnur Mukazhanova

‘Global Society’

Gulnur Mukazhanova

Opening :
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 ).

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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Reiseschatullen – Elke Werneburg

Reiseschatullen

Elke Werneburg

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.

www.elkewerneburg.de

Foto credit  www.martin-liebermann.de  Text  www.adele-gerdes.de

Curator : Nabi Nara

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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/