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“Hidden Flames” Nude Art Group Exhibition

By /NEWS/
“Hidden Flames” Nude Art Group Exhibition

“Hidden Flames”

Nude Art Group Exhibition, 2023
Vernissage 09.02 from 7 pm – 9pm
Exhibition Dates 10.02.23 – 18.02.23

Curated by Irina Rusinovich
Assistant Lyubov Melnickowa

“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?”

– Michelangelo

The history of nudity in art is never the same, as different societies and cultures have embraced nude scenes to varying degrees over centuries. Indeed, nudity in art reflects the social norms of a given time and place, referring to the way things are depicted, inextricably linked to the notion of what is right or wrong to depict. In any case, while nudity is often associated with the most blatant sexuality, it may also have other meanings, so much so that it is linked to interpretations that come from mythology and religion, as well as from the study of anatomy and science. These multiple approaches have defined how the nude has been and remains the subject of different modes of representation in Western art history.

Contemporary artists can depict nudity either by referring to the great pictorial tradition of the past or by expressing themselves through free and innovative points of view. In either case, the aim of such an exploration, with nudity as its subject, is to identify the semblance of what the artist believes could express the purest idea of beauty, capable of animating, intriguing, attracting and stirring their imagination.

In this context, the participating artists will examine the theme nudity, female and male,  in the contemporary context.

Participating Artists:

Ana Bathe
Ute Manoloudakis
Daniel Borg
Gilberto Giardini
Alexander Ivashkevich
Еkaterina  Denisova
Danaya Nemtzova
Sander Vos
Crow
Paul Kormašov
Kristina Popov
Lucas Ngo
Valeriia Burliuk

3D participating ARTISTS:

Ute Manoloudakis
Gilberto Giardini
Helena Von Schell
Alexander Ivashkevich
Еkaterina  Denisova

‘At Dusk’ OLIVIA BALLARD F/W Show 2023

By /NEWS/

Bild Credit: © Finnegan Godenschweger

‘At Dusk’ OLIVIA BALLARD F/W Show 2023

Olivia Ballard

She studied art in the USA, today Olivia Ballard is a self-made fashion designer and founded her eponymous label in Berlin in 2020. The native New Yorker has already made a name for herself with her unisex looks, which harmonize perfectly with the body. Although these are often described as “hyperfeminine”, they are intended for all genders, all bodies and all ages.

Through the use of special stretch materials and skilled fabric manipulation, Olivia Ballard succeeds in adapting all handmade designs to any body shape, life and individual. With her collections, she explores how fashion can be used as a tool to resist outdated values. Their goal: to create a new, inclusive and diverse fashion future.

FW23 OLIVIA BALLARD

FW23 OLIVIA BALLARD

FW23 OLIVIA BALLARD

Collection description

„At Dusk“ is the name of Olivia Ballard’s Fall/Winter 2023 collection, which she is presenting during Berlin Fashion Week and as part of Berlin Contemporary. The title of her runway show also reveals her inspiration: Dusk, which represents a fascinating in-between state for the designer. In the transition from light to darkness, we humans like to slip into comfortable, familiar clothing, we shift down a gear, leave the day behind us and prepare for the night.

With „At Dusk“, Olivia Ballard reflects this condition. She fashionably blurs the threshold from day to night and plays with the aesthetics of these evening rituals in her collection: from slip dresses to evening dresses. From comfortwear that we would only wear at home to to club couture. A special focus is now again on sustainability, so all looks were created partly from recycled silk fabrics, revived old nightgowns or Lycra and mesh remnants from her own archive.

Through her carefully selected materials, Olivia Ballard explores how the body can bring shape, life and individuality to each of her looks. Her designs not only symbolize different identities, but also continuously question our societal beauty standards and consumer behavior. As a young, integrative brand, this season all designs are intended for all genders, all bodies and all ages.

FW23 OLIVIA BALLARD

FW23 OLIVIA BALLARD

FW23 OLIVIA BALLARD

Her runway show takes place at MaHalla’s Black Hall. For Olivia Ballard, the striking building in the middle of a historic industrial area in Schöneweide embodies a dark tension between an intimate presentation and a feeling of belonging. “At Dusk” is accompanied by up-and-coming contemporary solo artist Saint Precious and a soundscape by Dawud (Psssh Records). Filip Setmanuk, a Berlin-based CGI artist who creates virtual worlds using video game engines, digitally designs the show.

‘At Dusk’ OLIVIA BALLARD F/W Show 2023 was sponsored by:

Interview Pink Metaverse

By /ART/, /INTERVIEW, /NEWS/

Interview by Irina Rusinovich

Interview Pink Metaverse

Tell me about yourselves. What background are you coming from?

Daria Vankova:

I bring brands to the Metaverse. Our agency creates a strategy for transition to the virtual worlds and implements it. I also develop blockchain-related projects. I came into this field from PR, which I did for 12 years. I believe that metaverses are an amazing new communication channel for the future. We will all be there, as we once were registered on social networks.

Nadia Vesna:

I’m a digital strategist for brands and products, soft skills evangelist and people manager. During my professional sabbatical I invested my time for education, one of the fields became web3 in NFT Academy to empower my digital comms knowledge. 

Now I’m also a co-founder of the Pink Metaverse October.

Julia Tet:

I am an independent curator and producer of creative industries projects, artist for the soul, the founder of ARTTET project with the mission to unite creative minds through cultural diplomacy and artistic cooperation. Now investigating web3.0 opportunities and believe that new technologies can now really make a significant contribution to the development of the modern world.

Maria Vatset:

I am a full-stack developer who has recently taken a deep interest in WEB3 technologies from smart contracts to metaverses. Then I started working with Daria to merge marketing and web technologies. Currently, I am actively promoting the Web3 story to the masses and collaborating with large companies. In December 2022, I organized a conference in St. Petersburg focused on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and metaverses from a scientific perspective

Nadia Vesna

Daria Vankova

Maria Vatset

Julia Tet

How did you come up with the idea of developing the PINK OCTOBER Project?

Daria:

Nadia was looking for Web 3.0 project about breast cancer. It turned out there were no such projects and I suggested we do it ourselves because this topic is very close and important to me. I’ve faced cancer in my family, my friends died of cancer, and I understand the importance of education on the subject. The more you know, the earlier you discover the disease. Knowledge increases the chances of recovery.

Nadia:

There are 3 factors. First: I’m volunteering for the local BY #againstbreastcancer fund named “Touch with hands”. Second: as a digital manager I have my private blog “Beznadezhnoe poznanie”, which makes me famous among colleagues and friends as an expert in web2 and web 3 skills (that’s why Alla contacted me). The third: I studied at NFT Academy. 

The story in short: Alla Aloe, the founder of the TWH fund, asked me to create a post for their Instagram about how Web 3.0. tools increase awareness about breast cancer as if i made it for my blog. I found nothing across all metaverses and NFT collections. Then I asked for help from my classmates from NFT Academy and found Dasha! She said: let’s do it together! Her response was crucial for the project. 

Julia:

This year I decided to devote myself to the exploration of new opportunities of web 3.0. I took a course at NFT Academy and was looking for projects where I could combine my experience in Arts and creative industries, explore how web 3.0 could work, and also how new tools could make a real useful impact for the world. My request to the Universe was heard 🙂 We started to cooperate with Dasha. I saw her post about the open call for the Pink Metaverse Exhibition, appreciated the concept, and decided to join the project.  

What were the stages of forming a team?

Daria: Masha joined the project from the very beginning, and Julia joined a week later; her experience in working with artists is important to us.

What are the main obstacles you are facing? And what are the ways to overcome them?

Daria: Lack of time. This is a charity and we all do it in our spare time, however we have great plans for this year and the project is my priority now. Perhaps another thing is people’s fear of the topic of cancer. Cancer is ugly and not Instagrammable. We try to talk about it in a way that doesn’t make people uncomfortable. But a lot of people are afraid of cancer, avoid thinking about it in every way possible.

Nadia: Huge amount of information and the sensitiveness of the topic. It was very important for me not to make mistakes, proofread all facts we communicated and project stages with experts (medical workers and volunteers).

Julia: The new field requires a full immersion and a detailed study of the specifics, and everything is changing very rapidly there, and you must always keep your hand on the pulse, sometimes move by intuition, constantly learning something new. So for me there is very often an imposter syndrome in the air. But I believe that the road takes the walker. 

Maria: The main difficulties are imperfections of the metaverses, each metaverse has its own limitations. For example, we decided to hold our first exhibition in Roblox, because there are the most active users there, but Roblox has pretty strict censorship and many of the paintings sent to the opencall didn’t pass it. In the future, we plan to hold „Pink October“ lectures already in other metaverses, since Roblox has quite a narrow functionality to realize it.

Why did you decide to go for METAVERSE? Why is it important?

Daria: There are many reasons for this. There’s a lot of hype around the Metaverse, and this is a great opportunity for us. In addition, the metaverses allow us to not be limited by space or time. We’re doing an international project. We gathered artists from different countries. Everyone who has a smartphone and internet can come to the exhibition and learn more about breast cancer. There are online events and an auction coming up. Unlike offline activities, our audience is the whole world.

Nadia: It’s a great new channel with a huge audience (mostly young). So why not? In this case the more we speak – the better.

Julia: Now the Metaverse is a whole new round of human interaction, and we are at a tipping point where the world is changing dramatically. Metaverse is not only a tool or a space where people could communicate but also a new philosophy where the main voice belongs to the community, not to the Government or the Company. And this creates a real value to act for each person. I think each project in Metaverse should have some particular valuable mission. It’s like an opportunity to build independent communes united by some particular ideas – we are moving to the future by inheriting the past. In our case it’s the idea to prevent cancer that is still a big problem in the modern world. Metaverse is also a network for young generations who are the future. 

Maria: The metaverse not only enables us to access virtual spaces from any location of the world , but it also expands our perception through immersion. With just a smartphone, users can experience this for themselves. I believe that the hype surrounding metaverses is warranted, and this technology will continue to evolve and have practical applications in the future.

How do you prioritize and delegate tasks in your project? Who does what?

Daria: Nadia is responsible for marketing, our website, community management and the main concept of the project, Julia for curation of the exhibition and events concepts, partnership development of the project, and Masha for the technical part. I am responsible for the business part. Everyone helps everyone, though. At the moment we have a targetologist and a designer. The project is growing and new tasks arise.

Julia: The structure of our project is very similar to the turquoise economy: everyone herself determines the area of her own responsibility. When issues arise, we discuss solutions as a team, and decide who is responsible for the next step. This is probably the most effective model for implementing projects in web 3.0, but here at the same time there is a serious challenge that you have to be a really high professional in your field for the project to move successfully.

Do you use any tools to plan your project?

Nadia: As a manager-freak, I used kanban and always wrote MFU after each meeting to create new tasks. But I never insisted on the team to join me, it’s my professional peculiarities  – i can’t live without a task-manager 🙂 

How do you handle conflict within your team?

Daria: I don’t think we’ve had a single conflict yet. But I think the main thing is to know who is responsible for what. Everyone has an opinion, but the final decision is made by the one whose area of responsibility is the issue.

Nadia: Trusted and open communication is the best way to negotiate. 

Julia: The best way to handle a conflict is to discuss the reasons. But it’s true, by this point we haven’t had any conflicts. And that means that everything is going right.

How is it to work remotely? What difficulties do you face?

Daria: Perhaps the main difficulty is the time zone difference. As for remotely work, the covid pandemic has taught us that an office is not necessarily a prerequisite for productive teamwork. Major companies are opening their offices in Metaverses. So it’s not a problem for us to work online. 

I think remote is the new standard. We are all accustomed to it now. Even though the time zones are different our team faced no problems. Right colleagues? 

Julia: Yes, indeed, we now have fewer and fewer distance-related constraints thanks to technology. By the way, Metaverse offers brilliant solutions on this subject. People say Metaverse is the Internet of the future, where there is no concept of remote work, because we are all in the space of the Metaverse.

Describe your experience in this industry.

Daria: I decided to create a project with Nadia, rather because Metaverses is my professional field, and I am sure that I can do good by combining my experience with the experience of the team.

Nadia: I’m not much into metaverses. That’s why I fully trust Dasha and Maria. I have the NFT collection of my 35mm film photoshoots but just as an experiment, to understand the tool and the new digital channels. 

Julia: As I have already said, so far I am more of an explorer and observer than an activist in this sphere. However, thanks to the Pink Metaverse project, a great start has already been made. Now I am also working on another project with the mission to unite people in the art industry from all over the world. But that’s another story 🙂 

Maria: I frequently engage in creating, discussing, and spending time in metaverses 🙂  But this is the first time I’m launching a charity project

What are your favorite and least favorite technology products, and why?

Daria: The word of the year is «Neural network». ChatGPT, which creates texts, and MidJorney, which creates visuals, are insanely popular right now. These are incredibly handy tools that optimize content generation processes. Neural networks also have great opportunities in metaverses. Instead of having a real person in their avatar interacting with visitors to a virtual bank or boutique there, it will be possible to program a self-learning bot that will take over the main negotiations. And while today a chatbot is most often a small set of standard questions and answers, in the future its possibilities are limitless.

How do you think technology advances will impact the art industry?

Daria: First of all, digital art is now as valued as classical art. It is also collected, exhibited, sold. Secondly, Artificial Intelligence is coming to the aid of artists and designers. Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t think that Ai can replace creators. Rather, it will become a great tool in their hands.

Julia: I think that technology will affect the development of the Art industry only in a positive way and in no way will replace humanity in this sphere. There is a great deal of discourse about this aspect right now. But it’s all about our own choices: technology can be used as an additional tool to create, promote and sell Arts, as well to make the industry more open and diverse. Technology could help to solve some operational processes regarding Arts, thereby giving creators more freedom concerning the creative process itself. The question is how creators and managers could use this opportunity and manage the creative process with the involvement of technology.

Maria: In my opinion, technology will shape the concept of how art will be created, transmitted and perceived in the future. Artificial intelligence will be used more often to create paintings, blockchain to authenticate art, and metaverse to expand the perception of paintings at exhibitions.

What are the marks of a successful project do you think?

Daria: Involvement of people

Nadia: Visible and strict set of goals which are matters for each member of the team. It helps to construct the synergy within the team. While the team is the key success of each project. 

Julia: Successful achievement of the project’s mission and following the plan, positive feedback from the people involved, project sustainability. 

Maria: Effective resource management. In our case, resources mean people and technologies.

Tell us the main dates of your project so our followers will keep them in mind!

Daria: Until January 30, there will be a sale of the New Year NFT collection, the proceeds of which we will donate to a charity project from Minsk. In February, we have open lectures in the Metaverse. In October there will be a big charity auction. You can find the project’s Roadmap on our website.

Subscribe to official project sources:
Instagram: @pinkmetaverseoctober
Facebook: @Pink Metaverse October
Twitter: @pinkoctobermeta
Discord: https://discord.gg/zHh3hbQH 

project site: https://pinkmetaverseoctober.com/
visit Pink Metaverse Exhibition in Roblox:
https://www.roblox.com/games/11826168178/Pink-Metaverse-October 

link to Pink Metaverse Collection:
buy charity NFT till 30th of January!
https://opensea.io/collection/pinkxmas

VORN FASHION SHOW ROLE MODELS: SUSTAINABILITY IN FOCUS AT BFW

By /FASHION/, /NEWS/
VORN FASHION SHOW ROLE MODELS: SUSTAINABILITY IN FOCUS AT BFW

78 labels, full tiers and a well thought-out concept made „Role Models“, the first fashion show by VORN – The Berlin Fashion Hub, a highlight of Berlin Fashion Week in January 2023. The editorial show, which was presented as the first show on 17 January as part of the new event format @newest in the Kant-Garagen, left a lasting impression and caused the pendulum of the fashion week to swing once again in the direction of more sustainability.

With the sophisticated concept of its fashion show, VORN – The Berlin Fashion Hub made several statements at Fashion Week Berlin in January 2023. The editorial fashion show „Role Models“ featured looks from internationally and nationally established and commercially successful brands, styled with independent labels and newcomers from Berlin. The looks were selected and styled by the creative team around Julius and Tanya Forgo. All participating labels underwent a thorough sustainability check by the qualified team of Studio MM04 beforehand. The looks and models were based on current and past icons. Personalities whose influence in terms of sustainability, sexuality and diversity continues to this day.

An exciting dynamic was created by the unusual combination of different materials, cuts and fits. Julius and Tanya Forgo incorporated their years of experience in the industry into their styling concept and, not least through their
expertise in high fashion, elevated the looks shown to a level of sustainable luxury – without making them seem out of touch or unreal. David Kurt Karl Roth, co-founder of Dandy Diary and critical enfant terrible of the fashion industry, rounded off the presentation with his music. The students of the BSP Business School Berlin were responsible for the visual concept, with smashed 1 mirrors at the end of the catwalk and prominently placed on the floor in its centre. RM Berlin was responsible for the casting, and Joachim Baldauf, an icon in the field of design, was once again enlisted for the visuals. Among others, Christiane Arp, board member of the Fashion Council Germany, and the State Secretary for Economic, Michael Biel, sat in the front row.

The first VORN Fashion Show at Berlin Fashion Week was not only a success in the aesthetic sense. VORN – The Berlin Fashion Hub wants to realise a change in the fashion and textile industry by all stakeholders working together towards the goal of a net-positive future in fashion and working interdisciplinary to solve problems.
The styling, setting and implementation of the VORN Fashion Show reflect this community idea and underline the approach of solving problems together as a society.

VORN – The Berlin Fashion Hub was commissioned by the by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.

REALITY WEAR Adidas Fashion Fiasco Elaborate hoax upends Berlin Fashion Week

By /FASHION/, /NEWS/

All images courtesy of Michael Wittig Berlin

REALITY WEAR Adidas Fashion Fiasco Elaborate hoax upends Berlin Fashion Week

BERLIN – January 17, 2023 – A surprise announcement from „adidas“ early Monday morning promised to flip the script on power in the garment industry. The revolutionary plans included appointing a Cambodian garment worker to be Co-CEO, signing a new legally-binding agreement on working conditions, establishing a severance guarantee fund, and paying money owed to workers.

By evening, it exploded into the fashion world with an outrageous Berlin Fashion Week debut of „suffering-forward“ REALITYWEAR, at PLATTE Berlin. But what appeared to be adidas finally taking responsibility for decades of labor violations turned out to be an elaborate hoax by Berlin designers Threads and Tits, The Yes Men, and the Clean Clothes Campaign.

The real adidas denied it was behind the launch, but there was no way to stop the live product launch Monday evening at PLATTE, during the kickoff of Berlin Fashion Week. An appreciative crowd, many of whom thought it was a real adidas debut, were left slack-jawed by the tasteless REALITYWEAR runway show–a gruesome spectacle of torn plastic, ripped nylon, and limping catwalk models smeared in filth–designed by the Berlin-based fashion designers Threads and Tits.

„The Yes Men have presented an alternative future, one where adidas takes ethical conduct seriously enough to invest in it financially. We call on Bjørn Gulden to make this vision a reality by signing the Pay Your Workers agreement. Words are not enough, workers need real action now,“ said Ineke Zeldenrust of Clean Clothes Campaign.

Tell adidas to sign the Pay Your Workers agreement by adding your name to this petition.

Elizaveta Filchenko „Fishgirl“

By /FASHION/, /NEWS/

FISHGIRL

Photographer Elizaveta Filchenko @elizavetafilchenko
Stylist and set designer Sofiya Fominskaya @2cne2p
Makeup and hair artist Julia Pakhomova @byjullia
Model Polina Roshchina @roshchina_poli

Macrame dress: handmade Belt: Olio Rosti@ oliorosticom Bodysuit: Mademoiselle Shoes: Lalou @lalou.moscow Gloves:household shop

Jacket: Lime Shorts: Ystil Shoes: Fishing boots Belt: handmade Panama hat: fishing hat

Macrame dress: handmade Belt: Olio Rosti@ oliorosticom Bodysuit: Mademoiselle Shoes: Lalou @lalou.moscow Gloves:household shop

Coat PEPEN @pepen_official Bra: MY Shorts: Ystil Shoes: Fishing boots Belt: handmade Panama hat: fishing hat

Jacket: Lime Shorts: Ystil Shoes: Fishing boots Belt: handmade Panama hat: fishing hat

OPEN CALL FOR GROUP EXHIBITION /Triumph of the Women / Art by Women

By /NEWS/
OPEN CALL FOR GROUP EXHIBITION /Triumph of the Women / Art by Women

Exhibition Dates: March 08 / 2023 – March 18 / 2023
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 08, 2023, from 7-10 pm
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Group Exhibition: HAZE Gallery invites women artists to submit their artwork for an opportunity to participate in our upcoming Group Exhibition “Triumph of the Women / Art by Women” for 2023. We are looking for a diverse of mixture of artworks made by women artists. The gallery will advertise and promote the selected artists for the exhibitions and host a formal Opening Reception for the exhibition. If you are looking for gallery representation and to have a Show in Berlin, submit your art that we may discover your compelling work and present it to the public, gallery directors, curators and collectors. This exhibition is dedicated to the spirit of all emerging and mid-career women artists.

Who Can Participate: Open to all women artists +18 national and international.

The Exhibition: HAZE Gallery will advertise and promote the selected artists for our Group Exhibition and host a formal Opening Reception for the exhibition.

How Are Artists Selected: HAZE Gallery has three curators that review and select the artists that submitted their work. The experts VOTE through a process of elimination, whoever receives the most votes simply gets to be in the exhibition.

Accepted Artwork: all media is welcome.

Submit Your Work Today: We are actively searching for talented artists. If you are looking for gallery representation and to participate in a Group Show in Berlin, submit your art that we may discover your compelling work and present it to the public, gallery directors, curators and collectors.

To submit: Please be ready to provide your artist bio, and artwork list (i.e. title, medium, dimensions and retail price for each artwork). Please include your name, address, email and phone number on your artist bio and artwork list.

Curation Fee:  A organizational fee of 80.00 Euro (Tax 19 % included) is payable if you are selected, and you accept the selection.  Please note works must be printed or send by the artist himself.

Additionally: Save and label all your image files: Title, name, medium, dimensions and retail price, Example: Untitled, Petra Muller, Illustration on paper, 20×30, 100 Euro. HAZE Gallery charges 30% commission on all artworks sold during exhibitions.

OPEN CALL FOR GROUP EXHIBITION / Andy Warhol in Me / Pop Up Art

By /NEWS/
OPEN CALL FOR GROUP EXHIBITION / Andy Warhol in Me / Pop Up Art

Exhibition Dates: February 23 / 2023 – March 04 / 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 7-10 pm
Entry Deadline: Thursday February  09, 2023

Group Exhibition: HAZE Gallery invites artists to submit their artwork for an opportunity to participate in our upcoming Group Exhibition / Andy Warhol in Me / Pop Up Art in 2023. We are looking for a diverse of mixture of POP ART inspired artworks. This will be a group show of all recent artwork created by artists, exhibiting what they are working on today. The gallery will advertise and promote the selected artists for the exhibitions and host a formal opening Reception for the exhibition. If you are looking for gallery representation and to have a Show in Berlin, submit your art that we may discover your compelling work and present it to the public, gallery directors, curators and collectors. .

Who Can Participate: Open to all artists +18 national and international.

The Exhibition: HAZE Gallery will advertise and promote the selected artists for our Group Exhibition and host a formal Opening Reception for the exhibition.

How Are Artists Selected: HAZE Gallery has three curators that review and select the artists that submitted their work. The experts VOTE through a process of elimination, whoever receives the most votes simply gets to be in the exhibition.

Accepted Artwork: all media inspired by POP ART is welcome.

Submit Your Work Today: We are actively searching for talented artists. If you are looking for gallery representation and to participate in a Group Show in Berlin, submit your art that we may discover your compelling work and present it to the public, gallery directors, curators and collectors.

To submit: Please be ready to provide your artist bio, and artwork list (i.e. title, medium, dimensions and retail price for each artwork). Please include your name, address, email and phone number on your artist bio and artwork list.

Curation Fee:  A organizational fee of 80.00 Euro (Tax 19 % included) is payable if you are selected, and you accept the selection.  Please note works must be printed or send by the artist himself. Payment of the organizational fee is final.

Additionally: Save and label all your image files: Title, name, medium, dimensions and retail price, Example: Untitled, Petra Muller, Illustration on paper, 20×30, 100 Euro. HAZE Gallery charges 30% commission on all artwork sold during exhibitions.

OPEN CALL FOR GROUP EXHIBITION ‘HIDDEN FLAMES” / NUDE ART

By /NEWS/
OPEN CALL FOR GROUP EXHIBITION ‘HIDDEN FLAMES” / NUDE ART

Exhibition Dates: February 09 / 2023 – February 18 / 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 09, 2023 from 7-10 pm
Entry Deadline: Sunday, January 29, 2023

Group Exhibition: HAZE Gallery invites artists to submit their artwork for an opportunity to participate in our upcoming Group Exhibition “Hidden Flames / Nude Art” for 2023. We are looking for a diverse of mixture of artworks, this will be a group show of all recent artwork created by artists, exhibiting what they are working on today. The gallery will advertise and promote the selected artists for the exhibitions and host a formal Opening Reception for the exhibition. If you are looking for gallery representation and to have a Show in Berlin, submit your art that we may discover your compelling work and present it to the public, gallery directors, curators and collectors. This exhibition is dedicated to the spirit of all emerging and mid-career artists working in the field of NUDE ART.

Who Can Participate: Open to all artists +18 national and international.

The Exhibition: HAZE Gallery will advertise and promote the selected artists for our Group Exhibition and host a formal Opening Reception for the exhibition.

How Are Artists Selected: HAZE Gallery has three curators that review and select the artists that submitted their work. The experts VOTE through a process of elimination, whoever receives the most votes simply gets to be in the exhibition.

Accepted Artwork: all media is welcome.

Submit Your Work Today: We are actively searching for talented artists. If you are looking for gallery representation and to participate in a Group Show in Berlin, submit your art that we may discover your compelling work and present it to the public, gallery directors, curators and collectors.

To submit: Please be ready to provide your artist bio, and artwork list (i.e. title, medium, dimensions and retail price for each artwork). Please include your name, address, email and phone number on your artist bio and artwork list.

Curation Fee:  A organizational fee of 80.00 Euro (Tax 19 % included) is payable if you are selected, and you accept the selection.  Please note works must be printed or send by the artist himself.

Additionally: Save and label all your image files: Title, name, medium, dimensions and retail price, Example: Untitled, Petra Muller, Illustration on paper, 20×30, 100 Euro. HAZE Gallery charges 30% commission on all artwork sold during exhibitions.

Interview with gallery owner and founder Robert Morat Galerie

By /ART/, /INTERVIEW, /NEWS/
Interview with gallery owner and founder Robert Morat Galerie

Thank you for taking the time to interview! We are glad to welcome you to PURPLE HAZE magazine. Before asking questions about gallery, I would like to know more about you as the director and founder of the gallery.

Tell us a little about yourself. At what point did you become interested in photography? What inspired you to create a gallery? 

There certainly were numerous factors that led me to open a gallery. First off, certainly, my upbringing. My parents are enthusiastic art-collectors, their collection is institutionalized in a foundation and publicly accessible in my hometown of Freiburg. I grew up in a constant conversation about art, surrounded by art, and in a very open household that always hosted guests, artists, curators, musicians, thinkers, publishers.

Robert Morat, Photo by: Roger Eberhard

I then went on to study at Hamburg University to become a journalist. Part of my studies was the History of Art, and it is there that I first learned about the history of photography and started reading photography theory. Photography was the one thing my parents did not collect, so naturally, I took an interest. Maybe because it was a field that allowed me to make my own discoveries. I started to look at photographic prints and eventually started collecting in a very modest and humble way. I noticed at the time – we are talking about the late 1990ies and the early 2000s – that photography galleries in Germany mostly offered vintage, black&white material. In order to look at young, emerging contemporary work, I had to travel.
In the following years, I met a lot of photographers who would become friends. I worked as an editor for different magazines and newspapers and ended up working for TV. That was a frustrating experience. I found myself in a dead-end. It was 2003, I was 32, living and working in Hamburg, when I decided to follow my passion for photography and I opened the gallery in spring 2004. In the beginning, I envisioned more of an exhibition space than a commercial gallery. I started exhibiting the work of friends in a small former storefront. But the shows we curated eventually received more and more interest and I started to professionalize and commercialize the program. Three years later, in 2007 we had our first artfair participation in Miami. Just two years later, 2009, we had our first participation in PARIS PHOTO and have been returning as exhibitors every year since then. In 2015, in order to meet a more international audience in our own space, I decided to move the gallery to Berlin.

Please tell us about the concept of the gallery. How does the selection of photo artists take place? How was the visual language of the gallery created? 

As I mentioned before, at the time we started, most photography galleries in Germany offered vintage, black&white material. I wanted to create a program that focused on young, emerging positions in contemporary photography, a space for discoveries. The program very much followed my own interest. I was never interested in photography as visual design, we never showed fashion photography for example, or digitally created imagery. My interest in photography comes from looking at people like William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Steven Shore or Robert Adams. Other key figures that formed my vision were Arno Fischer and Sibylle Bergemann. There’s a famous quote by Arno Fischer: „A picture of a bus stop must be more than a picture of a bus stop!“ That is to say, my program was always interested in the photographic perception of the world, but also in the author’s commentary. So the program, I would say, it’s very much based on documentary photography. But especially since moving the gallery to Berlin, I have found myself opening up to photography‘s conversation with other media. Some of the artists we work with now create collages, drawings, sculptures – today I consider the gallery to be more a gallery for contemporary art than a pure photography gallery.

When selecting authors, do you focus on personal preferences or is it an understanding of collectors‘ requests? Is it possible to combine both? 

I certainly hope that it is possible to combine the two! I would like to think that after almost 20 years of running the gallery, collectors and clients have learned to trust our judgment when selecting a new position. Gallery work to me was always more about sharing my enthusiasm for an artist then trying to meet the market’s requests.

Bill Jacobson and Giorgio Morandi „Photographs and Drawings“ at the Berlin gallery space, spring 2018. Photo by: Roger Eberhard

Bill Jacobson and Giorgio Morandi „Photographs and Drawings“ at the Berlin gallery space, spring 2018. Photo by: Roger Eberhard

At what point, in your opinion, was the adoption of photography as an art form? 

Photography has always allowed not only for the realistic description of reality, but also for it’s subjective, creative interpretation. Ever since the surrealist Man Ray put the sound holes of a Cello on to the back of his female model in 1924, photography has been an art form. MoMA started collecting photography in 1930. Photography has always been an art form. Just because there are people that have not caught up, doesn’t change the fact.

What influence has photography had on the development of modern art? 

When the French painter Eugène Delacroix saw the first heliography in the late 1820ies, he famously exclaimed: This is the end of Art! History has proven him wrong. On the contrary, the accurate representation of the world through photography has freed painting from the need to be realistic. Film, developed from photography, has become the most important art form of the modern age.  So the influence of photography not only on Modern Art, but on the way we communicate today, can not be overstated.

Solo Booth for Hannah Hughes at PHOTO LONDON 2022

Robert Morat Galerie was established in 2004. How has the art market changed since that time? What difficulties are gallery owners, artists, photographers experiencing in Berlin at the moment? 

The art market has always been a very volatile market, following economic cycles. When we started out in 2004, the stars of the Becher School, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer broke through internationally. Contemporary photography out of German was in high demand all of a sudden – we were lucky to start out in that environment. The years 2005, 2006, 2007 saw a strong high point of international art dealing. But just 12 months later, November 2008 saw the Lehman Brother’s crash and the international fiscal crises that the implosion of the American housing market caused. The following years, 2009, 2010, were difficult, many galleries closed, the market was down. But eventually it picked up again. Gallery owners and artists always had to deal with that volatility. Or take last year, we had just come out of two pandemic years, the market just started to pick up when Russia started it’s criminal, shameful war in Ukraine. It felt like somebody pulled the plug. All sales stopped on February 24. What followed was another difficult season. But then in fall, things came around, the market picked uo again, the winter season was extremely successful. It feels like a rollercoaster ride mostly.

Works by Jessica Backhaus, Hannah Hughes and Bill Jacobson at our booth at PARIS PHOTO 2022

Berlin is considered the artistic capital of Europe. Is this really the case? What is the difference between Berlin’s art spaces and similar venues in other art cities, such as London or New York, for example?
Besides these global economic influences on the market, the situation here in Berlin is today mostly difficult because of the real estate market. Berlin built it’s reputation as an international center for the arts mostly because of the artists who came here to work because they were able to find affordable studio spaces here. The same is true for all the new interesting exhibition spaces and gallery projects. Real estate prices that by now have reached the levels of Paris or London make that more and more difficult.
On January 13, the Robert Morat Galerie hosted the opening of the exhibition “Artefakte und Modelle” by Lena Amuat und Zoë Meyer. Please tell us more about the exhibition.

Lena Amuat & Zoë Meyer are a Swiss artist duo, the latest addition to the gallery program. „Artefakte und Modelle“ is their first exhibition with us, a series of still life studies. The project is a collection of objects that embody the human struggle for knowledge. Over twelve years in the making and numbering hundreds of images, the project inventories the models, artifacts, natural specimen and teaching objects that the two women have unearthed traveling to search through the archives and collections of European universities and natural history museums. Dutch art historian Flor Linckens calls it “a series of enigmatic and decontextualized objects that are given a new life” and in her review of the work she writes: “Elements from science, advertising, religion, art and nature are isolated and combined effortlessly in what could be described as encyclopedic cabinets of curiosities. In the work of Amuat and Meyer, the past and the present enter into a new relationship.”

Lena Amuat & Zoë Meyer, Mathematisches Modell #138, 2017

What are you, Robert Morat Galerie, aiming for in the future? 

To stay on board the rollercoaster a little longer!

The exhibition “Artefakte und Modelle” by Lena Amuat und Zoë Meyer will be held at the Robert Morat Gallerie until February 25, 2023.