What history teaches us

25 Jul 2020 – 6 Aug 2020

Regular hours

14:00 – 19:00
14:00 – 19:00
14:00 – 19:00
14:00 – 19:00
14:00 – 19:00
14:00 – 19:00

Free admission

Bar k Gallery

Berlin, Germany


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If recent times have taught us anything, it is the responsibility to question and understand the lens through which we are gazing at things.

Group show with Moritz Riesenbeck, Mio Okido, Martin Aagaard Hansen
curated by Open White Gallery (@owgallery, owgallery.com)


@martinaagaardhansen @mio_okido @moritzriesenbeck

At the center of Mio Okido’s work stand the role of the archival image and the Culture of Remembrance. Taking starting point in second world war images, sourced from public archives and family collections, Okido translates artifacts into new mediums with great attention to aesthetic detail. The beauty clashes with the collective memory of violent perpetration, exposing our underlying assumptions and the ambiguity of memory itself. 

The paintings of Martin Aagaard Hansen reference the language that is drawing. His work is often inspired by ancient sagas and tales, as well as personal encounters. Recent times of isolation have paved the way for the lone observer to reappear in his works. As if arising from nature, a torso with seemingly antique references overlooks the scenery that fluctuates in abstraction. The composition of another work, created as homage to every day routines, stands as reminder that there are always multiple views on a given matter. 

Moritz Riesenbeck's 1-minute video work is set in an undefined location. Observed in bird’s-eye view, the artist is running in slow motion on a ground that resembles an acre or the surface of the moon. With facial expressions shifting between hope and despair, he never seems to reach the goal. Played in a loop, the beholder watches history repeating itself. As the sun goes down, the video becomes more apparent in the window of the gallery, as if to conclude that in the end, the faith of an individual is interchangeable with that of a people.

@martinaagaardhansen @mio_okido @moritzriesenbeck

Open White is a contemporary art space exhibiting painting, sculpture and video art. We set out to provide a temporary setting in which to represent a group of emerging fine artists from across the world. Throughout the year, the gallery will be relocating to new spaces, curating a succession of exciting exhibitions that are free and open to all. 

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Exhibiting artists

Mio Okido

Moritz Riesenbeck

Martin Aagaard Hansen

Taking part

Open White Gallery

Berlin, Germany


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