Chen Sai Hua Kuan | Sounds like… …
Chen Sai Hua Kuan allows components of sculpture, drawing, (sound-) installations and performance to flow into each other. His works are inspired by a questioning of the everyday environment and intuitive situations. For 'Sounds like… …' Sai manipulates our hearing to challenge conventional perceptions and reveal alternatives possibilities of concepts of space.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai | Another World
Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai investigates themes such as belonging, origin and dislocation, wherebyshe questions the standard definitions of cultural and sexual identity. For 'Another World'' she inhabited different female identities in Berlin - from young women in her local neighbourhood, to online dating profiles where she documented the reactions to her ‘foreign’ ego. She assumed these different identities to analyze her own feelings toward and experiences of a migrant existence from a distanced perspective.
Técha Noble | Crystalline Forest
Técha Noble playfully shifts perspectives of gender, the body and space, often combining ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture especially drawing on the context of pop, queer and drag culture. For 'Crystalline Forest' she is presenting a double projection depicting a trio of costumed dancers who through their movements merge to form a composite beast. Their oscillation between beast and body undermines the mainstream of staged femininity in a subversive and humorous way.
Dan Stockholm | HOUSE
Fascinated by places and architecture with an innate historical significance and narrative tension, Dan Stockholm practises a ‘creative archaeology’. The act of touching has become a fundamental part of his working process where for example, in 2013 days after his father’s death he methodically touched his father’s entire house centimetre by centimetre and subsequently made and adapted plaster casts of his handprints for ongoing sculptures and installations.
Tobias Hauser | Cette terre est libre
Tobias Hauser is showing the exhibition 'Cette terre est libre' in the context of the first edition of our Zuspiel series this year. Inspired by a 1792 pen and ink drawing by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe of a tree of liberty with a plaque on its trunk bearing the inscription "Cette terre est libre”, Hauser erected his own tree of liberty and dismantled it again in eight different locations in Berlin. At the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, the tree of liberty will be shown together with the newly arranged and modified photographic documentation.
OPEN STUDIOS of the artists in the International Studio Program:
Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson, Dae Hong Kim, Hanae Utamura, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Kristina Müntzing, Riccardo Benassi, Lewis & Taggart, Salwa Aleryani, Ann Oren, Yasutaka Kojima, Sabina Timmermans, Chih-Chien Wang, Tatiana Macedo, Polys Peslikas, Juuso Noronkoski, Aline Alagem and more!