Exhibition

Her Honest Self

10 Jul 2020 – 12 Jul 2020

Regular hours

Fri, 10 Jul
17:00 – 22:00
Sat, 11 Jul
11:00 – 20:00
Sun, 12 Jul
11:00 – 20:00

Auguststrasse 35

Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Address

Save Event: Her Honest Self

I've seen this

People who have saved this event:

close

ARTYQUE agency is pleased to present the exhibition Her Honest Self by Silvia Sarsano.

About

The art of Silvia Sarsano is formed around the ideas of “generation” and “memory”. The artist believes that history is not only written by major figures but also by the common people who nurture, transform and pass on culture, values and history itself, which, in turn, forgets them. By portraying common people, unknown for most of us, Sarsano poses herself as a reporter of her generation to present the unfixed beauty of real people without idolization, without any pretence of perfection, in their honest selves and pure emotions. 

In this exhibition, Sarsano presents sitters as their true selves, without masks, as they see themselves, alone facing the mirror. Sarsano’s technique of merging the clothes with the background into one abstract pattern gently strips the sitter of any kind of superfluous social indicators, which in traditional portraiture impose preconceived ideas about the subject’s status on the viewer. Sarsano leaves us with little choice but to focus on who the human on the canvas is, through very instinctive clues one finds only in her eyes, her pose, her expression. 

Among the works presented, Her Honest Self will premiere works from Silvia Sarsano’s ‘The Kalighat Project’ created by the artist during her stay at the Chander Haat artist residency in Kolkata, India, in 2019. The series treats human trafficking issues and how in Kolkata, NGOs support former sex workers to reintegrate into society by teaching them new work skills, like block printing on fabric. By adapting this technique to her own canvases, Silvia Sarsano portrays six women while integrating the style of the fabrics they are trained to produce. One of the portrayed women is not an actual sex worker; the difference, impossible to detect, is here to insist on the unbreakable dignity of these women, regardless of their profession or social status. 

20% of all profits from sales of ‘The Khalighat Project’ will be donated to the NewLight NGO in Kolkata, India. 

Silvia Sarsano (b. 1981) is Italian painter born in Roma, Italy, and based in Berlin, Germany.

Solo Exhibitions: ‘Kartlis Deda’ at Gallery Mainoeuvre, Berlin, Germany (2018); ‘Essere è solo un ruolo’ at Sala degli almadiani, Viterbo, Italy (2010); ‘Eros e dintorni’ at Caffè Letterario La Galleria, Cefalù , Palermo, Italy (2009); ‘Gloss’ at Art‘n‘Beat. Rome, Italy (2007).

Group exhibitions: ‘IN // BETWEEN #3’ at Green Hill Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2018); ‘Chouftohonna : 4. Festival of feminist art’ at Centre Mad ́Art Carthage, Tunis (2018); ‘Kunst Boulevard 2017’ at Kulturamt Steglitz- Zehlendorf, Boulevard, Berlin, Germany (2017); ‘Kunst Boulevard 2016’ at Kulturamt Steglitz- Zehlendorf, Boulevard, Berlin, Germany (2016); ‘Sinn- Licht (The art of Inclusion)’ at Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany (2015); ‘48 Stunde Neukölln’ at Transformationsalon, Berlin, Germany (2012); ‘Star(t)dust’ at Plasticine Factory, Acquire Art Gallery, London, UK (2011); ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ at Infantellina Contemporary, Berlin, Germany (2010); ‘The Dream Machine –chapter 1: diary of a dna’ at Plasticine Factory, Acquire Art Gallery, London, UK (2010); ‘Polymorphoenix: 1.transformance festival’ at Alte Post, Berlin, Germany (2010); ‘Look at me’ at Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany (2009); ‘I‘m Blue’ at Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany (2009); ‘Humans & Gods’ at Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany (2009); ‘Strange Things’ at Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany (2009); ‘Highway to Berlin’ at Caffè Letterario La Galleria, Cefalù , Palermo, Italy (2009); ‘One World’ at Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany (2009); ‘Italians do it 2’ at Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany (2008); ‘New Unknown Artists’ at Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy (2007); ‘La Notte Bianca 2007’ at Stardust Village, Rome, Italy (2007); ‘M-Arte Live 2004’ at Alpheus, Rome, Italy (2004). 

#silviasarsano #herhonestself

What to expect? Toggle

Curators

ARTYQUE agency

Exhibiting artists

Silvia Sarsano

Comments

Have you been to this event? Share your insights and give it a review below.