Stephane Leonard ■ Inseln
Duration of the exhibition: June 16 to 29, 2016
Opening hours: Monday to Friday | 10am to 5pm | open on June 25 and 26 during the Festival "48 Stunden Neukölln"
For the exhibition series TRANSFORMATION, the Berlin artist Stephane Leonard created the site-specific installation "Inseln" (islands) in collaboration with students from the secondary levels of Campus Rütli, accompanied by the art teacher Christine Sader. The cooperation between the artist Leonard and the Rütli teenagers began in April 2016 with a joint exploration of the neighbourhood. Together they looked for seemingly casual, random forms, colours and line arrangements, jointly created by man and nature. This was followed by discussions and common drawing sessions. To conclude, the collective work was assembled in a specially built room-in-room construction within the exhibition space. On view will be the large-format results of this unique collaboration.
Simultaneously, another group of students worked with Christine Sader on the notion of role models respectively people who mean something to them. They discussed about Street Art, departing from Graffiti and Stencils one can find on the West Bank barrier wall. On this basis, they developed their own Stencils, that range from footballers, rappers and politicians to activists and victims of dictatorial regimes. In the exhibition, they show us who's counting for them.
Stephane Leonard (born 1979 in Berlin), lives and woks Berlin and Brandenburg. He studied Philosophy and Art History at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Free Art with an emphasis on Drawing, Film / Video and Sound in the classes of Prof. Paco Knöller (master class) and Prof. Jean-François Guiton at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bremen. Leonard is a cofounder of the Plastik Club in Bremen and of 'naivsuper', an artist collective, label and publishing house. Since 2014 he has been a guest lecturer at the department for Industrial Design of the University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics Berlin. In 2007 he won the Video Art Advancement Award of the City of Bremen. This was followed by other awards at film festivals for his video works, as well as several exhibitions in Germany and abroad.
The Temporary Gallery takes place in the frame of Ein Quadratkilometer Bildung Berlin-Neukölln. Partner is the Campus Rütli – CR². Exhibitions and accompanying programmes are made possible by private donations. Responsible for the concept are Ida Schildhauer (initiator) and Silvia Ploner (curator). TRANSFORMATION VI was made possible through the support by: Freudenberg Stiftung and Evangelisches Johannesstift.