Mia Hochrein – Fremde 1 & Fremde 2

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Publ. 03.10.2020

The artist Mia Hochrein works with many different tools for her art. She decides in the creation process which creative tools she uses for her work. As a result, she creates photographs and also installations or performances.

When I stood in front of these two photographs, it was instantly clear to me that I would write about them. Why? Well, let’s start:

Mia HochreinWhat do I see immediately? Two people wearing different textiles and always several of them. The textiles look like old towels, shirts, tablecloths or window curtains. In both pictures, the faces are covered. In my opinion, this gives the photographs anonymity and something mysterious.

Gender is also not directly interpretable. Is it the artist herself, or is it a woman and a man? The hands in the right picture seem a little more masculine, but the feet in the left picture seem more feminine. Perhaps this is too much stereotypical thinking. In the left photograph, the toes also point towards the wall. The rest of the body, however, appears as if the person is looking at me with his or her face. I start thinking and I have to find out what these photographs represent.

Mia HochreinI take a look at the titles of the photographs. They are called „Strangers 1“ and „Strangers 2“. The exhibition has the title „transformer“ and the gallery manager Eva Hübner tells me that the textiles are garments. Clothes that were once worn by the artist’s mother and grandmother. Several generations are thus connected, quite inconspicuously. Thus the photos express the following for me: Even if some of them are no longer with us, we still carry them with us throughout our lives.  They are a part of us.

Because of the anonymity, I can identify myself more easily with the basic idea. Do you?

The exhibition is on until 23 of march at Inselgalerie Berlin. Have a look!

Marie Kirchner – When Objects Speak Back 1-3

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Publ. 03.4.2020

I’m in the house Schwarzenberg visiting the Neurotitan Gallery. First of all, I walk through the first large room to get into another, a little smaller one. In front of me, there are three overhead projectors. On top of them, white objects that at this point I can’t quite make out yet. I walk closer to the installation. Many small pieces of paper are spread on the floor. I stand directly in front of them and realize that different sentences are written on them. Questions, answers, quotations – it reminds me of a dialogue.

I don’t understand the installation yet, but I think it is exciting and I would like to learn more about it. At one of the overhead projectors, I can see a big elephant tusk.  Not real, of course, just fake. So, what is this installation about?

The artist, Marie Kirchner, is working with colonial objects and with all the questions they raise. Why were they kept in families, and not in museums, for hundreds of years, many generations, and two world wars? The object performance was created in the context of her research on colonial heirlooms.

In the performance, the objects are also meant to become actors, a game with perspectives takes place: am I looking at the objects?  Are the objects looking at me?  Since overhead projectors were used in the Neurotitan Gallery for the first time (normally the objects were always at the eye level of the viewer), I have the feeling of „looking down from above“ – which makes me feel more superior.

In this gallery, Marie Kirchner focuses on the object in light and the shadows it creates.  This light/shadow play triggers me. There is something threatening and at the same time mysterious about it, and I ask myself, what the elephant tusk must have seen or experienced? If he were able, he could tell me perhaps so many things. Here it happens: the feeling of superiority disappears and the object becomes an actor. A dialogue takes place in my head. I have to smile a little when I think about it because I imagine myself talking to an elephant tusk. A little fun is necessary.

Now that I know the whole background of this installation, the meaning of the objects and how they treated me in the way of thinking and seeing,  I like this installation really much. Unfortunately, there was no piece of paper in the gallery itself through which one could have learned more.

Marie Kirchner was born in 1980 and grew up in Hamburg. She studied fine arts and has her studio on the RAW GELÄNDE in Berlin. She belongs to the „Freie AusstellungsKollektiv FAK Berlin“.  Come and have a  look at it.

 

Hi, I’m Carsten!

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Publ. 02.13.2020

It’s not just a new year, here is also a new person writing for you. Who am I? I’m Carsten.
I’m studying creative writing in Berlin. Since I can think, I have been interested in different forms of art. At the age of five, I started acting, making music and singing. Before I moved to Berlin in 2018, I had trained to be an actor in Cologne for two years. Besides creative studies, I also tried out other courses of study such as business administration, media management, art and political science. But my creative streak won. Luckily.

For me, life is art with many different stories. So, art is life for me, too; and every person in this big city has their own story and individual life. Art has this as well: individualism. Art can be created or presented in so many ways, maybe even in ways, we don’t know yet. However, if I don’t like it sometimes, I’m still totally fine with it because it’s just my personal opinion and art doesn’t have to affect or impress everyone in the same way.

But what is it that fascinates me so much about all these art forms? I am interested in old but also modern art. Thanks to new technology and a lot of creative people, so many things are possible today and the process is still going on. You never know what will come next. I find that incredibly exciting and interesting. I would like to tell you the stories that move me and catch my eye and which I think are important to be told. Not only does Art embody fantasy but also society and social problems. It can be inspiring, political, arousing and enlightening.

Art offers space for discussion – today this is more important than ever. Why is that? In my opinion, fewer and fewer different opinions are accepted; instead, black and white attitudes towards things increase. Society is splitting up. Maybe art, in whichever form, can help here and remind us of talking and listening to each other.

But it’s not just art people want to get to know and see in this time – they are willing to listen to and read interesting and good stories, too. Here I am: I will find both for you.

Let’s start with art!

 

2018 – YOUR ART BEAT – REPORT

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