Openings: Ong, Smith, Zaccagnini, Marquardt and Szabó @ Künstlerhaus Bethanien

On Thursday 6 March we are very pleased to present exhibitions by Künstlerhaus Bethanien residents Donna Ong, Sam Smith, and Carla Zaccagnini as well as the artists Sven Marquardt and Zsu Szabó.

DONNA ONG | The Forest Speaks Back
Donna Ong’s new installation and video form a portrait of a tropical jungle. She riffs on stereotypical Western interpretations of the tropics in the 19th century and their manipulated identity over time, linking now to modern skylines that represent a new ‘urban jungle’.

SAM SMITH | Form Variations
Sam Smith presents a new installation titled ‘Form Variations’. Encompassing video, sculpture and architectural elements, the project looks at the relationship of the human figure to sculptural form, and more specifically how they are framed within the cinematic lens.

CARLA ZACCAGNINI | Impossible but Necessary
The monumental Soviet War Memorial in Berlin-Treptow was founded in 1949 by the GDR in memory of fallen Second World War Soviet soldiers and civilians. Zaccagnini has created frottages that focus on the representations of explosions in the Memorial’s sculptures. As moments in which matter loses its shape, explosions allow abstraction to be included in this figurative and allegoric representation of war.

A book titled ‘The Madman Sees What He Sees’ will be launched at the opening, in collaboration with KfW Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main and Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

SVEN MARQUARDT | Nachtblende
Sven Marquardt will be exhibiting portraits of women in the 1990’s of East Berlin as well as a series of men, made in collaboration with Hugo Boss/Boss Orange in 2013. His role as the doorman for the nightclub Berghain influences his melancholy and at times morbid photographs.

ZSU SZABÓ | Nothing Personal
For ‘Nothing Personal’, Zsu Szabó will present a selection of photographs from her extensive ‘RAUSCHEN’ series. Her spontaneous and intimate portraits are taken at a wide variety of locations, from parties to the tattoo parlour, from clubs to art openings.

Vernissage: Thursday, 6 March 2014, 7 – 10 pm
Exhibitions: 7 March – 30 March 2014
Tue – Sun: 2 – 7pm

Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Kottbusser Straße 10