A place called ДОМ (Group Exhibition) curated by Anastasia Leonova
Graphic design by Jan Motyka
SomoS is proud to announce the group exhibition "A place called ДОМ," in which photographers Doro Zinn, Stephanie Steinkopf, and Tatiana Hahn explore the multi-layered meaning of 'home'.
Ukrainian curator Anastasia Leonova brings together three photographic series in "A place called ДОМ" — "Future Kids" by Doro Zinn, "Manhattan - Straße der Jugend" by Stephanie Steinkopf and "Another Time, Different Space" by Tatiana Hahn.
While staying in Berlin, Leonova researched the themes of migration and cultural background, trying to understand the impact of deracination and alternate ways of feeling attachment. She presents 'home' as referring to social phenomena rather than a physical structure, noting that in Berlin, where people constantly come and go, the idea of 'home' is addressed in the context of temporal identity.
In their photographic work, Doro Zinn and Stephanie Steinkopf, both having spent many years understanding the intimacy of Berlin’s shared living spaces, address the topics of migration and home portrayed through their individual ways of dealing with the past and the future. Doro Zinn provides an exploration of the lives and identities of four young individuals in Future Kids. The children of Muslim immigrants from Jordan, Turkey and Palestine, Leila, Ilhan, Mohammed, and Coco grant the viewer a look into their lives through Zinn’s essayistic portraits. Photographed from Summer 2016 to Summer 2017 in Berlin, the 1960s tower blocks of Neukölln, historic buildings of Kreuzberg and sports grounds in Moabit provide a backdrop to their search for identity. Essays written by the subjects themselves accompany the photographic works.
Stephanie Steinkopf has captured the everyday lives of people in Manhattan in the Oderbruch, a rural area structurally collapsed after the German reunification in 1989. Exploring the idea of home, Steinkopf’s photography depicts a general trend of social division that is innate not only within Eastern Germany but has also become clearly visible in many rural areas of the former East. Steinkopf says, "Manhattan is simultaneously the epitome of economic prosperity and a place of defeat.[….] No one settles here anymore. Everyone who is able to, leaves." Stephanie Steinkopf visited Manhattan's residents regularly over a period of four years for this project.
Tatiana Hahn’s work constitutes a connecting link between her colleagues. Working with experimental photography, she creates “accidental imagery” within "Another Time, Different Space," developing a group portrait during the exhibition. In an artistic provocation of migration and literal displacement, Hahn removes a person from their background and places them in an unfamiliar space; next to strangers, this evokes the feeling of being in another city.
A place called ДОМ addresses the transient nature of home through photography and new media. The exhibition is presented at SomoS Art House, a space which has served as a home for many artists around the world, and for curator Anastasia Leonova herself.
Opening Reception on Tuesday, January 22nd, from 6-9pm.
On view until January 26th, daily 2-7pm.
Entry is free.