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SUBVERSIVE THREADS — SYLVIE FLEURY AT STUDIO MEHDI CHOUAKRI

SUBVERSIVE THREADS — SYLVIE FLEURY AT STUDIO MEHDI CHOUAKRI

Much like when US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows how feminist make-up can be in her recent video tutorial, Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury explores the subversive potential of the beauty and luxury industry. At her exhibition at Mehdi Chouakri’s studio, apparently abstract paintings turn out to be oversized reproductions of well-known eye shadow palettes from brands like Chanel. Fleury has knowledge of fashion and art history and sees herself as an actor in both systems: her garment-shaped ready-mades are thus always more than crude consumer criticism. Fleury also appears herself, as a personalised emoji, and indeed all her works can be read as embodiments of the self, including the Acne jumpers and fur jackets that are in her own dress size. What unites these works are the humorous asides aimed at her male artist contemporaries: like Donald Judd, she creates polished wall figures with rounded corners. A basketball is reminiscent of Jeff Koons, but while the ball is pumped up to the limit by Koons, Fleury lets the air out – a first step towards the abolition of patriarchy. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Ludger Paffrath, Berlin)

Mehdi Chouakri, Fasanenstr.61 (Fasanenplatz entrance), 10719 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Exhibition: Sylvie Fleury “Shame” until 31.10.2020
Bleibtreustr.41 (Mommsenstr.4 entrance), 10623 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Tue–Sat 11–18h
@mehdichouakri
@fleury49000

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DISCOVER DESIGN UP CLOSE: AEDES ARCHITECTURE FORUM — RECOMMENDED BY MENGYA HUANG

DISCOVER DESIGN UP CLOSE: AEDES ARCHITECTURE FORUM — RECOMMENDED BY MENGYA HUANG

We often find that our daily pleasures derive from the environment we find ourselves in. But we are rarely given the chance to know why such places are designed to look a certain way or how they can be improved. The Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin shines a spotlight on these questions, bringing us closer to architecture in both a professional and genial way. Located in a beautifully renovated brick factory at Prenzlauer Berg’s Pfefferberg, the space consists of two exhibition halls, a lecture hall and a café. Throughout the year, you can find exhibitions and lectures celebrating the world’s most distinguished architects and designers, such as the current exhibition Architectural Experiments in Material and Form from Vancouver-based Omer Arbel featuring sculptures, models and drawings (until 22.10.2020). All activities and events are free for visitors, making the Aedes a paradise for lovers of architecture. For the architects and designers, it is a unique platform to share their work with an engaged public, representing an important stage in the growth of contemporary architecture. (Text: Mengya Huang / Photos: Rene Riller & Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk)

Mengya Huang is founder of the Huadou Soy Concept Store. A Mitte resident, she has lived in Berlin since 2017.

Aedes Architecture Forum, Christinenstr.18-19, 10119 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue–Fri 11–18h30, Sun–Mon 13–17h

Omer Arbel – Architectural Experiments in Material and Form runs until 22.10.2020

@aedesberlin

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ARTISTIC PERSPECTIVES ON A CHANGING CONTINENT — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY

ARTISTIC PERSPECTIVES ON A CHANGING CONTINENT — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY

As autumn closes in, some welcome relief is provided by the European Month of Photography (01.-31.10.2020), a month-long festival where 100 venues across Berlin and Potsdam will host artist talks, guided tours, screenings, workshops and of course lots of photography. “Europe — Identity, Crisis, Future” is the theme this year, reflected in the main exhibition “Continent – In Search of Europe” held at the Akademie der Künste, where 22 works from the Ostkreuz Agency reflect on the personal, social and political phenomena of European coexistence. Meanwhile, major events from 1989 to 2011 become tangible in “The Masses“, a collection of works by late photographer Krzysztof Miller at the Polish Institute which document emotional moments during that period of change. Berlin’s river is the focus of Götz Lvov’s “Spree Cuts“, which tracks the river’s path from Friedrichshain to Moabit and Spandau. With works from 500 artists plus a program of workshops and discussions, the decentralized concept at this year’s EMOP is not only apt for the times, but also reflects a continent that is more complex than ever. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Dawin Meckel, Pindar Street, a.d.S., Die Wand, © Dawin Meckel, Ostkreuz – Courtesy: Akademie der Künste; Andreas Mühe, Biorobot II © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Courtesy: St. Matthäus-Kirche; Birk Alisch, Gamechangers © Birk Alisch, Courtesy: Lette Verein Berlin)

European Month of Photography: 01.–31.10.2020 at venues throughout Berlin and Potsdam. The complete exhibition program is available online. Many tickets are free and can be booked via the website.

@emopberlin

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SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA — INTERCULTURAL CINEMA AND EVENT SERIES AT HAUS DER STATISTIK

SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA — INTERCULTURAL CINEMA AND EVENT SERIES AT HAUS DER STATISTIK

Founders of the Berlin-based collective Bi’bak Malve Lippmann and Can Sungu set out to create a new space for cultural exchange and discourse with film as the medium. The result is the cinema experiment Si̇nema Transtopia, which opened in September 2020 at the Haus der Statistik by Alexanderplatz. On show are regular film series, such as this week’s un.thai.titled which presents new perspectives on Thailand including the feature Manta Ray showing this Friday (02.10.2020) that depicts the Rohingya refugees in Thailand. The screening is followed by a discussion complete with delicious Southern Thai food. Also coming up is the film series How Can We See (each other)?(08.-23.10.2020), which takes you on a journey along the Silk Road, from Hong Kong to Cairo and Urumchi to Kobanê. The films are all shown in a living room-like space within the impressive GDR-era building, and manage to give a platform to perspectives which are otherwise unheard. And it’s not just films on show: the program also features performances and discussion formats all under the transnational theme. You can find the complete lineup and tickets online. (Text: Ramona Razaghmanesh / Photos: Marvin Girbig, Ramona Razaghmanesh & Bibak)

Si̇nema Transtopia, Otto-Braun-Str. 72, at Haus der Statistik (Haus B), 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map

You can book tickets for all the film series online.

@bibak_berlin

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CITY DREAMS TOLD IN 50 STORIES — EXHIBITION “LIVING THE CITY” AT TEMPELHOF AIRPORT

CITY DREAMS TOLD IN 50 STORIES — EXHIBITION “LIVING THE CITY” AT TEMPELHOF AIRPORT


The environments and circumstances that meet and interact in large cities are complex and diverse. The exhibition “Living the City” in the former Tempelhof Airport aims to make them tangible and accessible: Starting tomorrow (25.09.2020), 50 stories about and from urban spaces will be presented there for three months. For each exhibition, 70 participants from 20 European countries will playfully convey their very own view of the city on topics such as love, life, and travel. Among the participants are Tue Greenfort, whose installations revolve around the relationship between man, nature, and the environment; the Belgian firm Alive Architecture; and the Canadian Larissa Fassler, who works with urban geography. An expanding cityscape collage, which also demonstrates our active relationship to socio-economic and political activities in the city, will come to life in the former terminal. An accompanying program will also bring music, workshops, talks, and tours to the airport. Trend-setting souvenirs will be made in the Torhaus workshop, the TU Berlin lecture will focus on methods of sustainable urban design and after a performance by the inclusive DJ collective Supastar Soundsystem, you can even learn about freestyle rap. “Living the City” is like the city itself – different every day, and never boring. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Credit: Airport Berlin-Tempelhof © Membeth; Zones Urbaines Sensibles, Luchtsingel, Rotterdam, 2014 © Ossip van Duivenbode; S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, Swim-City © Lucia de Mosteyrin)

Living the City was created on behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building, and Homeland Affairs as part of the National Urban Development Policy.
 
25.09.–20.12.2020
Tempelhof Airport, Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin-Tempelhof; map
Tue 10–20h, Wed–Fri & Sat–Sun 12-20h, Thu 12–22h

The complete program of the exhibition is available online. The tickets are free of charge for the entire duration of the exhibition and can be booked via the website.
@livingthecity.eu

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