Über DAS

Gender: is it an identity or a meta-category?
Innate or learned? Binary or infinite?
Modern or outdated? Necessary or not?

No matter what one holds as true, each individual in society must reckon with their own and others’ conceptions of what gender is and how to express it. And this imperative is never static: how does one negotiate across the various perceptions of others and self with one’s own contextualization of gender? How is this negotiation framed in culture(s), intergenerational relationships, family structures, religious experiences, bureaucratic and institutional settings, with medical professionals, or amongst friends, strangers, and colleagues? In short, how does one exist within (or perhaps outside) the bounds of an ascribed “gender?”

This two-evening event brings together a variety of performance artists from diverse experiences – all from different backgrounds but all reckoning with the concept of “gender.” Drawing on their experience curating the series Yes/No/Other/All: Performance on the Boundaries of Identity, artist and organizer Darling Fitch will bring artists together to express their own individual theoretical conceptions of identity, to present a multi-faceted view of what gender does, or could, mean.

Central to the event will be the final two performances of Fitch’s own year-long performance project, ‘A Stranger Sound’.
From the official description:
Arising from the cesspool of Berlin’s queer party scene, A Stranger Sound is a dark yet ultimately affirming transgender coming-of-age story. A Stranger Sound is a full length live show combining music, spoken word, and performance art to take the audience on a journey through “gender dysphoria and chemical ecstasy // chemical dysphoria and gender ecstasy… And glamour as a survival strategy.” The show examines many elements of queer space: community, self-discovery, safety… But also addiction, escapism, narcissism, abuse, and self-harm. It is an honest account of the spaces we call home.
With performances planned over the span of performer Darling Fitch’s first year of testosterone therapy, vocal drops and physical changes will be evident from performance to performance, particularly through the juxtaposition of live and pre-recorded vocals. In this way, A Stranger Sound tells an ongoing story, and physically as well as thematically reveals the ever-changing nature of life.

The goal of the evenings is to make audiences aware of a multiplicity of ideas regarding gender and its expression, and to encourage them to engage with, examine, or expand upon their own internal beliefs and ideas about the concept and execution of gender.


Vanessa Jupiter
Ser Gina (Elly Clarke)
Lady Gaby Bila-Gunther
Aleczander Norton
Emeka Ene and Katie Dunbar
Nisha Bhakoo, Cassie Jiun Seo and Iza Buleczka
Marcus O’Shea
Polly Trope
A Stranger Sound

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 ‘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 ‘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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