Last year, the exchange between project spaces from Berlin and Los Angeles began with the exhibition CO/LAB III at the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles. This is now being continued with a festival in Berlin. During B-LA CONNECT the participating Berlin art spaces invite Art Spaces from Los Angeles to their venues to jointly realize a specially developed exhibition concept.
Axel Obiger is cooperating with Durden and Ray, one of the most renowned project spaces in LA. Both spaces have existed for 10 years now and both are focusing on the artistic exchange between contemporary art positions on an international level.
The exhibition ALMOST SPARKLING - curated exclusively for B-LA CONNECT - brings together artistic positions from both spaces and focuses on the city of LA, glittering, full of gold dust and glamorous. Thus, as a place and surface of own projections and clichés…
B-LA CONNECT is a platform to promote the cooperation and interlinking between the two sister cities’ creative communities.
Over the next two years a major exhibition and exchange project is scheduled to take place between artist/curator run project spaces and collectives from Berlin and Los Angeles:
In June 2019, 20 art spaces from Los Angeles will exhibit in 22 art spaces from Berlin. The interdisciplinary program includes art exhibitions, film screenings, performances, talks, and more.
The following year, in 2020, the Berlin art spaces will travel to LA for a return visit.
B-LA CONNECT understands itself as an international cultural exchange on a grass roots level. It brings together members of different art spheres and scenes from both cities. New opportunities for interacting and connecting with each other are created and extended locally inside and transnationally between the two cities.
In the sense of a positive globality B–LA CONNECT seeks to advance the cultural partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles. B-LA CONNECT wants to celebrate urban diversity, show presence and stand against reactionary forces. Berlin and Los Angeles share the urban selfimage of being the world in small, a place of cultural diversity and individual freedom. In light of the rising authoritarian and regressive currents worldwide the two cities stand for a liberal and cosmopolitan openness towards the world.
B-LA CONNECT wants to build bridges where others erect walls.