Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presents Realities Left Vacant, Sung Tieu, and Carrie Mae Weems starting on March 11, 2023.
Realities Left Vacant
Nadja Abt, Tekla Aslanishvili, Marianna Christofides, Silvina Der Meguerditchian, Christian Diaz Orejarena, Sofia Duchovny, Ahu Dural, Cornelia Herfurtner, Göksu Kunak, Isaiah Lopaz, Alina Schmuch
Opening: March 10, 2023, 7pm
March 11–May 7, 2023
Curators: Layla Burger-Lichtenstein, Arkadij Koscheew
Eleven international artists have been awarded the prestigious 2022 visual arts work stipend of the Berlin Senate, and their works will be showcased at the Realities Left Vacant exhibition from March 11 to May 7, 2023. The exhibition, which opened on March 10, 2023, presents the diverse artistic approaches of the awardees while highlighting contemporary social issues and image politics that shape their work.
Curated by Layla Burger-Lichtenstein and Arkadij Koscheew, Realities Left Vacant features works by Nadja Abt, Tekla Aslanishvili, Marianna Christofides, Silvina Der Meguerditchian, Christian Diaz Orejarena, Sofia Duchovny, Ahu Dural, Cornelia Herfurtner, Göksu Kunak, Isaiah Lopaz, and Alina Schmuch. The exhibition explores themes of origin, belonging, and the relationship between collective and individual memory, as well as investigating the impact of geopolitical conflicts and the global climate crisis on access to infrastructures.
Through documentary and investigative practices, archive-based research, biographical narratives, and a focus on image politics permeating the mass media, the artists call for engagement with power structures, colonial legacies, and mechanisms of value creation. Realities Left Vacant is a must-see exhibition for those interested in contemporary art and its intersection with social and political issues.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 7pm
“Radical Futurisms. Ecologies of Collapse, Chronopolitics, and Justice-to-Come”
Book presentation and discussion with T.J. Demos (Professor in Art History and Visual Culture, University of California Santa Cruz)
From Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Online panel discussion with Gustav Cederlöf (Environmental Geographer, Lecturer, University of Gothenburg), Sepideh Karami (Architect, Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh), and Ute Tellmann (Professor for General Sociology, Technical University of Darmstadt), moderated by Keller Easterling (Enid Storm Dwyer Professor of Architecture, Yale University, New Haven / US)
Carrie Mae Weems. Queen B
Opening: March 10, 2023, 7pm
March 11–August 27, 2023
Curator: Lidiya Anastasova
Carrie Mae Weems, an artist renowned for her explorations of gender, race, and class, is showcasing her latest exhibition, “Queen B,” at n.b.k. from March 10, 2023, to August 27, 2023. Curated by Lidiya Anastasova, the exhibition spans Weems’ photography, video, site-specific installations, texts, performances, and activist campaigns, and features her characteristic reappropriation and empowerment of the politics of representation.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is “Queen B,” a photograph from Weems’ extensive series devoted to the R&B icon and actor Mary J. Blige, which was first produced in 2017. For the n.b.k. Billboard series, Weems has adapted the image, and it will be presented in the urban space for the first time. The photograph undergoes a temporal and spatial recontextualization, weaving in current events surrounding the British monarchy and exploring further narrative strands.
Weems’ work is deeply political and offers a powerful critique of the status quo. Her use of visual quotations from historical, scientific, museum, and pop cultural contexts serves as a tool of reappropriation and empowerment, challenging the asymmetry of sociopolitical power relations and their consequences. With “Queen B,” Weems continues her exploration of Black (hi-)stories and lived experiences, contributing to a much-needed redefinition of the politics of representation in contemporary art.
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