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Adrian Piper
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Ali Kepenek
Amy Yao
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Brock Enright
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Charlotte Herzig
Chris Succo
Christine De La Garenne
Christopher Füllemann
Dan Shaw-Town
Daniel Keller
Dave Mcdermott
David Adamo
David Hendren
Davide Balula
Debora Delmar Corp.
Duncan Malashock
Ed Fornieles
Emmy Skensved
Evan Gruzis
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fritz Köthe
Gabriel Lester
George Egerton-Warburton
Gilles Furtwängler
Grit Hachmeister
Guillaume Pilet
Haley Mellin
Halina Kliem
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Jean-Sébastien Grégoire
Jedediah Caesar
Jen Denike
Jens Einhorn
Jim Lee
John M Armleder
Jota Castro
Judith Braun
Julia Colavita
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
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Leonhard Hurzlmeier
Louisa Gagliardi
Lucas Jardin
Lucie Fontaine
Luke Barber-Smith
Manor Grunewald
Marc Bijl
Marcus Knupp
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Marguerite Humeau
Marianne Vlaschits
Mark Titchner
Markus Amm
Marlene Stark
Matt Connors
Matthew Stone
Maximiliam Arnold
Mie Olise
Nathaniel Rackowe
Nazafarin Lotfi
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Nick Oberthaler
Nicolás Guagnini
Niels Sievers
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Pauline Beaudemont
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Roman Liška
Sarah Oppenheimer
Sebastian Black
Sebastian Lloyd Rees
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Shana Moulton
Shezad Dawood
Sister Corita Kent
Skye Hunter Chamberlain
Torben Ribe
Ulrich Erben
Vera Kox
Wyatt Kahn
Ylva Ogland
Adam Chad Brody
Adrian Buschmann
Adrian Piper
Adrien Chevalley
Aids-3d
Alex Hubbard
Ali Kepenek
Amy Yao
BFFA3AE
Bless Oscar Magnuson Mykita
Brock Enright
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Charlotte Herzig
Chris Succo
Christine De La Garenne
Christopher Füllemann
Dan Shaw-Town
Daniel Keller
Dave Mcdermott
David Adamo
David Hendren
Davide Balula
Debora Delmar Corp.
Duncan Malashock
Ed Fornieles
Emmy Skensved
Evan Gruzis
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fritz Köthe
Gabriel Lester
George Egerton-Warburton
Gilles Furtwängler
Grit Hachmeister
Guillaume Pilet
Haley Mellin
Halina Kliem
Hans Isaksson
Hayal Pozanti
Iris Touliatou
Ivan Comas
Jala Wahid
James Howard
Jan Håfström
Jason Simon
Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville
Jean-Sébastien Grégoire
Jedediah Caesar
Jen Denike
Jens Einhorn
Jim Lee
John M Armleder
Jota Castro
Judith Braun
Julia Colavita
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Langundtroia
Leonhard Hurzlmeier
Louisa Gagliardi
Lucas Jardin
Lucie Fontaine
Luke Barber-Smith
Manor Grunewald
Marc Bijl
Marcus Knupp
Margo Trushina
Marguerite Humeau
Marianne Vlaschits
Mark Titchner
Markus Amm
Marlene Stark
Matt Connors
Matthew Stone
Maximiliam Arnold
Mie Olise
Nathaniel Rackowe
Nazafarin Lotfi
Neil Beloufa
Nick Oberthaler
Nicolás Guagnini
Niels Sievers
Otto Piene
Paul Cowan
Pauline Beaudemont
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
Petros Moris
Piotr Łakomy
Rainer Ganahl
Ramaya Tegegne
Richard Frater
Rindon Johnson
Robert Powell
Roman Liška
Sarah Oppenheimer
Sebastian Black
Sebastian Lloyd Rees
Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf
Shade Therét
Shana Moulton
Shezad Dawood
Sister Corita Kent
Skye Hunter Chamberlain
Torben Ribe
Ulrich Erben
Vera Kox
Wyatt Kahn
Ylva Ogland
MARTA VOVK
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Curated by Philipp Bollmann
Opening: April 25, 6-9 pm
Duration: April 26 - June 27

Vovk was born in 1989 in Lviv, Ukraine, and now lives and works in Berlin. Her recent exhibitions include Berlin Masters at Kunstraum Lehderstraße 35 (2018), RBMA at Funkhaus Berlin (2018) and Masters Salon at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (2017).

Adidas, Mercedes, Puma: well-sounding brand names that stand for lifestyle, innovation and success! They form the basis of the new series by Marta Vovk. For decades, „the star“ or the „3 stripes“ have aroused desires among young and old and are deeply rooted in our collective memory of the present. While some representatives of American Pop Art still largely glorified the world of consumption in the 1960s, believing that they had systemic superiority over communism, Marta Vovk chooses to give way the bright colors to a sober and hard black and white.

By renouncing the seductive power of color, the artist makes clear the ambivalent image of large corporations in the 21st century. On the one hand, the radiance and identity-creating momentum of influential brands are unbroken. On the other hand, exploitation, child labor, war and environmental destruction are the reason for the growing profits of multinationals. These facts are well known and documented, and yet the marketing, PR and advertising professionals succeed in making the unpleasant and inhumane perspective of our consumption forgotten.
 





But it is not just a lot of individual destinies that are affected by the global profit motive. The question has long been raised to what extent unleashed capitalism poses a threat to democracy as a form of society. Political influence, tax avoidance and the deliberate weakening of states are evidence for a "coup in slow motion" for the Canadian political scientist and historian John Ralston Saul. In his controversial book "The Unconscious Civilization" Saul attests to the "corporatist power of exercising domination at the expense of the individual and his freedom" and describes it as a "contemporary form of medieval feudalism, without, however, taking over its protection."

All of the logos featured in the exhibition become painted "caricatures" that invite us to review our images of brands. The curved company names on the white, differently shaped canvases seem alienated by a simple image editing program. A digital image idea is transformed into painting by the artist. An important step, which is also reflected in the two colored canvas works in the exhibition. Here, the seductive side of the capitalist world becomes even more apparent: the entertainment culture. In the aesthetics of an oversized sticker, which could be intended for a poetry album, a rapturous manga figure laughs towards the viewer. Everyone from the artist's generation inevitably recognizes: "Sailor Moon". Here, the successful implementation of a trivial culture becomes clear and has become the image and symbol of one's own childhood for a whole generation.

Text by Philipp Bollmann.