NINA ANSARI, ARTIST
Nina Ansari’s artistic activities are characterized by a thematization of topoi like identity or remembrance – thereby corresponding to very different kinds of artistic expression and media: recently having begun to make film, Ansari has developed a wide ranging photographic oeuvre, whose overwhelming effects of both elegance and criticality stem (....) reminds us of a tradition of Iranian artists like Shirin Neshat or Parastou Forouhar. Yet Ansari is more distanced from the direct political implications and more concerned with the further filiations of her own inner images. That’s why she has no reservation even about tendencies towards spheres of fashion, dance or performance within her sujets, which leave an ambiguous or merely magical touch to the viewer. (Dr. Prof. Christian Janecke)
Credits: Blue ocean No.3, 2015 // Camouflage No.2, 2006–2008 // Munition No.16, 2014
KATHARINA ARNDT, ARTIST
Katharina Arndt reflects in her artistic work life as both a homo consumens and a woman in the Western world. Substantial focus is the critical-ironical dispute about topics like sexual stereotyping, consumerism or self-actualisation. Her pictorial and textual worlds are based on everyday culture such as e.g. Hollywood movies or advirtising slogans. She transforms it into large drawings and text-objects. The current work materials include plastic fabric, neon markers, LEDs, rhinestone, acrylic glass. The materials themselves are cool and trendy and are representative of the media used in the 21st Century.
Credits: NOT CRY IN PUBLIC, 2011 // Exhibition view flesh & blood, galerie t, in view: girl with axe, 2014, + STILL LIFE WITH MEAT # 9, 2015 + impatient/pathologic/postcoital, 2011 // STILL LIFE WITH MEAT # 6, 2015
DIANA ARTUS, ARTIST
Diana Artus is a visual artist dealing with the perception of urban space and its imagery as well as with topics like narration, memory production and contemporary concepts of love and self-constitution. She is especially interested in the interdependency between city and mood and explores architecture and urban situations from an associative-metaphorical point of view. Photography provides the base of her creative process resulting in reinterpretations of urban phenomena and architectural bodies, often taking the form of sculptural image objects or images of images.
Credits: There is tiresome, but attractive, 2015, exhibition view // Elegantly successful, 2015 // Circling around objet petit a, 2013/15
NINA BARGE, ART HISTORIAN, MODERN ART
Nina Barge studied Art History, Literature and Media Studies in Konstanz, Madrid and Dusseldorf. She worked with Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf and Van Ham Art Auctions, Cologne, before she moved to Berlin. Since 2012 she works with Grisebach Auctions.
ALEXANDRA BAUMGARTNER, ARTIST
Basic material of my work is found material. (photos, magazine cuttings...) I use exclusively found material from anonymous people. I am not interested in the original message or the content connection of the found material, rather I try to filter out a certain emotional state and a new connection. I change only by a minimum intervention the original statement and put them in a new context. The subjects of my works are psychic and moral abysses, the physical decay of man, transience, network of relationships, limit states, loss of control and anxiety. I am analyzing the fragile context between deeply private feelings and social constraints. Nature who defines us and the human being trying to control it but ultimately has to succumb. Everyone fights this struggle inside oneself. The beast within us, the animal one tries to control yet that will always win, if you like it or not.
Credits: Entreakt, 2014 // Intervall, 2015 // Crucifixion (36Watt), 2015, photo: Catharsistudio
JANINE BEAN, GALLERIST
Janine Bean grew up in Mecklenburg in the former German Democratic Republic. She moved to Berlin in 1994, where she worked in the „Galerie am Wasserturm“ for two
years. After finishing her studies in Museology at the FhTW, Berlin in 2000, she began working with several artists groups. In 2004 she founded the janinebeangallery. Since then, she frequently curates national and international exhibitions and projects. As a curator and gallerist Mrs. Bean promotes young and established art, emphasizing on
exhibitions and projects with specific themes or working titles. For her, the close collaboration with the artists is important and necessary to develop themes in cooperation. Often, and
ideally, a reciprocal inspiration among the artists and the curator is a result.
Credits: Portrait, in the exhibition of Grigori Dor, The Archeology of Dreams and Desires, 2015, photo by Matthias Bergemann // install view: Fairytale of Berlin, Los Angeles, 2009
HANNAH BECK-MANNAGETTA, CURATOR, AUTHOR AND PROJECT MANAGER
Hannah Beck Mannagetta’s current exhibition project 2016 The impossibility of Being at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, she curated, as well as the interdisciplinary guided tour format Walk the Talk, first created in 2014 for Berlin Weissensee School of Art, in cooperation with Lena Fließbach. 2008-13 she was co-director of the gallery Metro, Berlin. Most recently, she curated the group exhibition Friday the 13th | 13 – יום שישי ה at C1, Berlin. As chairwoman of the association JungeMeister.net she enables young people a glimpse behind the curtain of the Berlin art scene since 2007.
META MARINA BEECK, ART HISTORIAN AND CURATOR
Meta Marina Beeck studied Art History and German Literature at Humboldt University Berlin and was enrolled for Chinese language studies at Peking University, China. She graduated with a master thesis titled »Notation as a visual form of thought – John Cage, Allan Kaprow and Trisha Brown«. Several study and research trips brought her back to China and since 2015 also to Iran. 2015/2016 she worked at Kunsthalle Bielefeld as an assistant curator. Currently she is writing her PhD thesis on Anna Oppermann, who is one of the key figures of German Conceptual Art.
Her main research focuses on Notation Systems in the Art of the 20th Century, Video Art, Contemporary Art in China,Art and Propaganda, Feminist Avant-Garde.
Credits: Exhibition view, »A Historic Studio Of A Drunk Genius«, 2017, photo: Yuzheng Cheng // portrait, Yuzheng Cheng: »Meta Marina Beeck, Art Historian, Accidentally Spilled Wine on the Table While Flipping Through a Jackson Pollock Catalogue«, Oil on canvas, 45 x 40 cm, 2014.
ANNE BITTERWOLF, ART HISTORIAN
Anne Bitterwolf studied art history, German literature studies and communication studies at Freie Universität Berlin and Università degli Studi di Napoli – L’Orientale, Italien. During her studies, she founded the blog On the Subject of … and was editor of the Berlin section of artcards.cc. Currently, she's the curatorial assistant to the director of the Berlinische Galerie, where she oversees the video art programme and assists in the conception and realization of various exhibits. She is also a visiting lecturer at Humboldt Universität Berlin.
YVON CHABROWSKI, ARTIST
The video installations and photographies of Yvon Chabrowski explore the construction of realities and historical awareness in a society that is determined by media images. Yvon Chabrowski transforms still media images into moving images which can be experienced through a projection in the exibition space.
The size of the projection is chosen by the artist to depict the people in the picture in lifesize. Thereby the viewer can become a participant in the performance.
Credits: Abduction, installation view, 2007 © Yvon Chabrowski & VG Bild-Kunst, 2016 //
Afterimage/Protest, installation view, © Yvon Chabrowski & VG Bild-Kunst, 2016
CHRISTA JOO HYUN D’ANGELO, ARTIST
Christa Joo Hun D'Angelo is an American artist born in Busan, South Korea. D'Angelo's work encompasses a research based practice concerning the politics of representation regarding class, race, sexuality and gender. Her work explores post-colonial themes and the intersectionality of migration and sexuality through installation, video, sculpture and works on paper. She has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, and has exhibited at The Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, Volta Artfair, Somos Artspace and the Screen City Biennial and was the 2014 studio grant holder from District Berlin.
Images: Portrait // Exhibition View, Winner Takes All, Alpha Nova Galerie, Berlin 2016 // Installation View, Marit, 2014 // Past Present Tense Image Still, 2015
SARAH E. DAVIES, CURATOR
Sarah E. Davies is a freelance curator and consultant from Melbourne, living in Berlin since 2008. She studied Interior Design at RMIT University in Melbourne and Architecture at the Kunstakadamiets Arkitektskole in Copenhagen. She has worked for and consulted with several galleries and art organisations, most notably heading Circle Culture Galleries in Berlin and Hamburg as Gallery Manager and Co-curator between 2009 and 2013 and CFA Gallery between 2014 and 2016. She is currently producing the catalogue for THE BEACH exhibition series, which saw it’s two iterations in Berlin and Melbourne respectively, as well as collaborating with artist Gretta Louw on a digital online art project entitled the online body IRL.
Photo Credits: Portrait by Antje Taiga Jandrig // The Beach II: Nicky Broekhuysen & Joseph L. Griffiths, Bus Projects, Melbourne, by Christo Crocker // Cecily Brown: The Sleep Around and the Lost and Found, Courtesy CFA, Berlin, by Jens Ziehe // Curate Curiosity - Final Student Exhibition, RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne, by Alis Garlick // Jonathan Yeo: Under My Skin, Courtesy Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin, by Uwe Walter
LIZZA MAY DAVID, ARTIST
Credits: Portrait by Mark Arvin // Painting in forest #2 - Animal Look, 2016 // Painting and Research - Studioshot, 2015
THEA DYMKE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION FOR THE ASSOCIATION OF GERMAN GALLERIES AND FINE ART DEALERS (BVDG)
Thea Dymke works on the repositioning and communication strategy of Berlin-based ZKR – Zentrum für Kunst und öffentlichen Raum Schloss Biesdorf. The new institution explores contemporary art and art from the GDR and the interaction between art, architecture and public space. As well as in her former occupation at Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien (BVDG) she manages the communication tools and fosters exchange, innovation and collaboration within the art scene. One of her main concerns is the digitalization and its impact on the art world.
Credits: anniversary book cover 40 years of BVDG // event: in Dialog, at Commeter gallery, Hamburg, July, 2014 / persons (f.l.): Thomas Levy, Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Thea Dymke, Bert Atonius Kaufmann, photo: Bildagentur Abi Schmidt // Schloss Biesdorf, photo: Lutz Wasserkampf