Opening: Tuesday, April 16th 2019, 6-9pm
Open Wednesday, April 17th – Saturday, April 20th, 2-7pm, and by appointment
SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin
(U8 – Schönleinstraße)
Entry is free.
Complex and personal self and body images are collected in the Bodily group exhibition at SomoS, presenting the work of five artists from diverse backgrounds, Ioanna Natsikou (photography), Luiza Schiavo (painting), Moran Sanderovich (sculpture), Ileana Pascalau (drawing) and Hanae Moreno (painting).
In the exhibition, interiority and exteriority are explored in unorthodox and highly personal interpretations of the body and the self. Unsparingly questioned, auto-erotically explored, imagined in fantastical states, celebrated in powerful alter egos, studied while transgressing social norms, or depicted expressing the harm it endured – combined, these expressions give a multidimensional view of experience between vulnerability and strength, imagination and reality.
The presented works share a strong sense of performativity. They are aware of the viewer, while addressing contemporary states of being using classical means.
In her Filter Object Series, Ioanna Natsikou explores the relationship between object and subject, issues of selfhood and how identity can be perceived, experienced and performed through the medium of photography. She is interested in issues of femininity, sexuality, image and representation, challenging stereotypes and pushing the limitations of the genre of portraiture.
Moran Sanderovich’s sculptures turns the grotesque into poetic works that stems directly from bodily experience, also painful ones. She “finds power and strength from the depths of open wounds,” regarding this as integral part of female and queer experience alike. She notes that this power to create an alternative empowered body out of victimization, seems to be irritating to many, especially men.
Between repression and libertinage, examining collective fears, tabus, rituals and individual fantasies, Ileana Pascalau’s installations, sculptures and drawings express a multi-layered image of female being. Her meticulously rendered work creates analogies between past and the present, showing a Jungian continuum between age-old art historical motifs and contemporary memes encountered in our daily life and visual culture.
Luiza Schiavo’s motifs are often self portraits or biographical, exploring our relationships with the body, sexuality and identity. Not looking to depict the beautiful or picturesque, Schiavo unifies painterly surface and psychological and emotional depth in her direct and unflinching self portraits.
Hanae Moreno uses portraiture to show the changing image of the individual in the era of the selfie. Apps and photography rapidly diminish the classic art of portraiture, giving individuals the ability to perfect their image in ways that in a previous time, was reserved for artists. While her painting follow some aspects of the online selfie, such as seriality and narcissism, other go against the rules of the genre, introducing vulnerability and the unglamorous.