Alex Lebus, Marten Schech, Lawrence Power and Katharina Bévand
07/12/18 at 7pm
District Councillor for Education, Culture, Environment, Nature, Streets and Green Areas, Bezirksamt Mitte von Berlin
About the exhibition
itinerant interlude #22
Adam Goodwin, double bass
Michiyasu Furutani, dance
Duration of the exhibition
07/13/18 - 08/26/18
Reflecting the spacial infrastructure in and around the Bärenzwinger, the exhibition "Grabenblicke" explores site-specific dispositives of gaze and their effects on the relationships between identity and
The view into the outdoor enclosures must clear a fence, a hedge, a wall, metal shark-tooth spikes, trenches and a wooden barrier. Behind these confining architectural elements the view eventually encounters itself: by means of modified mirrors, the expansive installation by Alex Lebus disrupts the architectural assignment of subject and object relations and unsettles the viewers’ position.
In the opposite enclosure the gaze
falls upon a house, whose context,
function and origin remains unclear, and that seems strangely
out of place. With his work,
Marten Schech transforms the artificial habitat once set up for the bears, including the boulders
placed around the site, into both
a stage and building material.
The interior of the Bärenzwinger
was long kept out of public view.
In the anteroom, Lawrence Power unlocks the functional infrastructures already partly obsolete, lending pictorial expression. By duplicating and extending the present elements, he interprets the space itself as a canvas.
Via auditory means, Katharina Bévand's sound installation ultimately surveys the architecture of the darkened Zwinger space and the cavities located opposite. Its sounds reflect from walls, ceilings and security grates – penetrating the segregating architectures at the same time.
Curated by Sebastian Häger
and Julia Heunemann
Katharina Bévand is a sound artist currently based in Berlin. After studying Fine Arts at universities in Spain, South Korea and Brazil, she completed her MA in Sound Studies at the University of Arts in Berlin. In 2017 she received an honorary mention at "sonotopia-bonn hoeren" of the Beethoven Foundation for Art and Culture Bonn.
Her artistic practice oscillates between performative and installative soundworks, which explore the acoustics of architectures, objects and the human body. Her sound installations and performances have been presented in numerous extraordinary spaces such as the former water reservoir "Wasserspeicher" in Berlin, the Museum of Islamic Art (Pergamonmuseum) in Berlin, the former crematory at Südstern (Berlin), the old hammam of the citadel in Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and the Sudhaus of the Kindl-Brewery in Berlin.
In her artistic approach, Alex Lebus (*1980) repeatedly utilizes mirrors to create reflections, duplications and flashbacks, to unmask and question what is evident and to consistently examine the relations between appearance and reality, fact and fiction. Lebus lives and works in Berlin and studied Fine Arts at the HfBK in Dresden, completing her MA under Prof. Eberhard Bosslet.
She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at Kunstraum Potsdam, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, EIGEN + ART Lab, the Dresden City Art Gallery and PING PONG Basel, among others. She is represented by the EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin. Alongside a Hegenbarth grant and an artist residency at Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator (Berlin) she completed a scholarship from the Manchester School of Art (UK) and Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Berlin). In 2019 she will attend an artist residency at the KKV Grafikverkstad Malmö, Sweden.
Lawrence Power (*1982) studied under Norbert Schwontkowski and Anselm Reyle at the HFBK Hamburg as well as the Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada). His solo exhibitions have featured at Balzer Projects (Basel), Pablo’s Birthday (New York City), Emmanuel Post (Berlin) as well as in Hamburg at the Diane Kruse Galerie and Galerie Tinderbox, among others.
Power has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including: Laden für Nichts (Leipzig), Galerie Kai Erdmann (Hamburg), Kleine Gesellschaft für Kunst (Hamburg), Galerie Toolbox (Berlin), at Jahn und Jahn (München), Carico Massimo (Livorno, Italien) and at the Kunsthaus Hamburg. He has received scholarships and awards from the Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, the Ditze-Foundation Hamburg and the New Brunswick Art Board (Canada).
Marten Schech (*1983) studied at the HfBK in Dresden, under Prof. Franka Hörnschemeyer in Düsseldorf, at the University of Leeds (GB) and completed his MA under Prof. Wilhelm Mundt. He lives between Dresden and Berlin and is represented by Galerie Bernhard Kanus Fine Art, Frankfurt/Main.
His solo shows have featured in the Hans Körnig Museum in Dresden, at Kabakon, Leipzig, and he has been represented by the Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst (FAK) at the Institute of Art History, Münster. Schech has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at Kunstverein Hamburg, Kunstpalais Erlangen, Kunstverein Familie Montez (Frankfurt am Main), the European Centre of the Arts, Hellerau, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MWW) Warsaw (Poland) and at L'Amour, Paris (France), among others. In 2014 he was nominated for the Boesner Art Award, completed a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation and received the Caspar-David-Friedrich-Preis as well as the Marion Ermer Award.
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