Me and my nutcracker – The rabbit

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Berlin meets Los Angeles

Yesterday I was at a vernissage of the Berlin based artist Andrea Wilmsen at “Internationaler Club” in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin.
I know Andrea from a group exhibition we did together at the “48 Stunden Neukölln” art festival in Berlin.

“Berlin meets Los Angeles” is showing a series of photographs by Andrea that she made in both cities during a period of 2 years.

“Berlin Meets Los Angeles offers no glamour shots and consciously avoids perpetuating stereotypes, which are often attributed to both cities. Andrea Wilmsen directs her attention to hidden corners of both metropoles, which show similarities in their expansion, by the absence of a real city center, and the variety of as yet undefined spaces. Both cities stand out more by its charisma than by their beauty and attract “outsiders” from all over the world, in search of freedom and self-realization, often far from their roots.
This vaguely undefined, open space is what Andrea Wilmsen is interested in. The constant change, the unfinished and often imperfect character, which both cities embody for her. What just recently seemed inseparable from the cityscape has already disappeared again, or exists now in a different context. The focus is less on what has happened in these cities than on a vision of what might happen. Suggestion, rather than logic, guides the course through this exhibition.
The photographs are interwoven by personal statements of artists who work in both cities and have been interviewed by Wilmsen during the two-year period of the elaboration of her project.”

The exhibition will be open until 17th of January 2018.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kurstraße 36, 10117 Berlin

Artist website: www.andreawilmsen.com

57th Venice Biennale, 2017

Last week I was for a few days in Venice at the 57th Biennale.

My favorites:

Jesse Jones (Irish Pavilion)
“Tremble Tremble”, 2017
video/performance/installaton
Political work about feminist archetypes.

Vajiko Chachkhiani (Georgian Pavilion)
“A Living Dog in the Midst of Dead Lions”, 2017
A small, abandoned wooden hut, which as been found in the Georgian Countryside.
It is raining inside.

V.C. quote: “Through my sculptures and installations, I seek to address psychological conditions such as loneliness, violence and angst and to interweave them with topics from religion, politics, literature, and poetry”.

Koki Tanaka (Pavilion of the Earth)
“Of Walking in Unknown”, 2017
Video installation linked to the 2011 Fukushima disaster.