BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors
Gallery Weekend Berlin 2022
Gallery Weekend is the unofficial queen of Berlin art events and has even established itself as a highlight in the international art calender. Each spring, around 50 Berlin galleries open exhibitions by emerging and established artists and welcome numerous visitors from around the world to the German capital. Founded in 2005 by a cooperative of Berlin galleries, this unique format provides an unparalleled experience of the local art scene. In the hopes that we get to meet some of you in person over the course of the weekend, here are some recommondations of places where you might actually run into us:
Ökonomische Päpste und Päpstinnen
Lea Draeger presents her series "Economic Popes and Popes" for the first time in its preliminary entirety during this year’s Gallery Weekend. The installation will spread across walls and floors in the Westhalle of the former crematorium Wedding, at Ebensperger and Luxoom Lab. Already in January, Lea Draeger’s debut novel “Wenn ich euch verraten könnte” [If I Could Betray You] was published by hanserblau. This text is the literal equivalent of her papal and, above all, female papal legion, which has initially been conceived as a series of “1000 Ökonomische Päpste” and now consists more than 5.000 postage stamp-sized portraits of popes and female popes.
Plantagenstraße 30 (across from no. 10)
"(...) The heterotopias in Rigged pull back the curtain on the visual logic of 3D-modeling, which is largely agnostic to bygone value judgments like taste and beauty (quantity, not quality, is the rule). Instead, hyper-mediation has turned images—for Schoolwerth and Turbosquid vendors alike—into a defacto runoff grate for a torrent of anxieties: Who gets to be a person, to be alive, to be animated, to be on display? This unease around who counts and who doesn’t is endemic to the word 'rigged'. And in breaking the rig, Schoolwerth binds these constituent tensions to the intersubjective pandemonium they unleash." - Lucy Hunter
Kohlfurter Straße 41 / 43
Mesmerizing Mesh – Paper Leap and Sonic Guard
Hague Yang’s sixth solo presentation at the gallery introduces the series Mesmerizing Mesh (since 2021) in Europe. For this occasion, Wiens Verlag publishes the booklet Mesmerizing Mesh – Paper Leap. The exhibition title Mesmerizing Mesh – Paper Leap and Sonic Guard underscores the two main elements of the show – paper works and Sonic Sculptures. Twenty-six collages from Mesmerizing Mesh form the exhibition’s focus; alongside of this, two Sonic Sculptures are presented. Additionally, three wall-mounted Appliance Sculptures and a suspended Lantern Sculpture are on view.
Schöneberger Ufer 65 (3rd Floor)
Anna Boghiguian, who was born to Armenian parents in Cairo in 1946, is an artist unlike any other. She studied political science and sociology in Cairo, then art and music in Montreal. For the longest time, the art she started making in the early 1970 was cherished mostly by art-world insiders—then, beginning in 2011, she participated in a growing number of biennials, presented her work at documenta 15, had shows at major museums.
On the thematic level, Anna Boghiguian’s work revolves around the worldwide wanderings that led her to her subjects; its formal mainstay are the artists’ books—she has now published over seventy of them—in which she records her peregrinations. Their spontaneous and widely associative idiom also informs work her in painting and installation art, as exemplified by the two sprawling installations on view at KOW.
The artist interweaves local manifestations and global flows of commodities, market, and capital, of humans, ideas, and regimes, of powers and counterpowers, threading unsuspected narrative interconnections between moments in time, places, and actors—some central, others peripheral—that resonate with each other across history. In so doing, she reads world affairs against the grain. It is a subjective perspective that picks up on details, that gathers and networks, but also isolates. Here are bodies and fates cast aside by the grand wheel of events that caught her eyes. Here are writings, some private, some from literary sources, that point ways through time and to today’s concerns. Here are materials such as tin or silk that spark clashes over resources, whose production and trade structure the human globe. Here are instants—individual constellations of figures and themes—frozen in vividly expressive lines, colors, forms, and gestures.
Text: Alexander Koch.