BPA Talks 4
Online lecture series
12 April 21, 5–8 pm
This event took place via Zoom.
BPA Talks is a public lecture series in partnership with BPA// Berlin program for artists. This forth edition will take place online. BPA participants Kévin Blinderman, Mooni Perry and Joshua Schwebel will each present their work in 30-minute lectures. Afterwards, BPA mentors Antje Majewski and Olivier Guesselé-Garai will share their thoughts on alternative structures for artistic exchange. BPA Talks are flexible in format, ranging from introductory presentations of the artist’s work to lecture performances.
Even close, You’re The Worst
Kévin Blinderman will present the light installation he realized in collaboration with French Dj Bulma as part of his recent solo exhibition You’re the Worst at Confort Moderne, Paris. Gallien Déjean described this installation as “a scenario, a game board; in other words an ensemble composed of rules and possible openings which participate in an eroticization of strategic relations.”
Blinderman studied at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy and at Bezalel Academy of Arts, Tel-Aviv. Recent exhibitions include No Dandy, No Fun (2020) Kunsthalle Bern, Studio Berlin (2020) Berghain, Berlin, For Réelle (2020) Tropez, Berlin, Abbieannian Novlangue (2020) Sultana, Paris, A Study in Scarlet (2018) Le Plateau / Frac Ile-de-France, Paris.
How can we fall and therefore jump?
Mooni Perry’s talk How can we fall and therefore jump? is part of her current project Binlang Xishi, which examines metaphors of ‘un-cleanness’ in various social and cultural histories. Perry’s presentation will address different narratives on ways of falling and jumping relating to animation, SF films and Parallax view. In her practice Mooni Perry investigates the undercurrents of (asian)Feminism and Human-Animal studies.
Perry studied at Royal College of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions include Untitled (2021) CR Collective,Seoul, Mooni Perry exhibition (2020), Bureaucracy Studies, Lausanne, Traversing (2019), Post Territory Ujeongguk, Seoul. Selected recent group shows include #CoroseumAndChaosOnTheTable (2021), Um museum, hwaseong, Untitled (2021) Hapjungjigu, Seoul; So Far Yet So Near (2020) Onsu-gonggan, Seoul.
It’s Not Working
Joshua Schwebel’s conceptual work is developed out of site-specific research, resulting in projects that singularly address the space in which they are experienced. His talk will address recent projects in relation to institutional critique, precarity, cultural labour, and site-specificity.
Schwebel graduated from NSCAD University in Halifax, Canada. Recent exhibitions and residencies include the Quebec studio at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2015), the ArteCitya residency at Laznia CCA in Gdansk, Poland (2016-2018). Solo exhibitions include the Or Gallery, Vancouver (2019), and the Fonderie Darling, Montreal (2018). Schwebel was shortlisted for the Berlin Art Prize in 2019 and has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Olivier Guesselé-Garai and Antje Majewski
The Shadow of the Sun
Olivier Guesselé-Garai and Antje Majewski will be talking about a current project evolving out of a travel to Cameroon in 2017. The body of works questions the differences between artistic and artisan work, authorship, changes in cultural signification through colonialism and post-colonial power relations, but it also opens up possibilities of intercultural hybrids that help to form new artworks and new understandings of what art could do.
As an artist Olivier Guesselé-Garai is investigating the potential of geometric abstraction, which he perceives as a universal visual language which can manifest itself in various cultural contexts. Guesselé-Garai works in different medium such as painting, object, sculpture, photography, installation and poetry and has exhibited in institutions such as Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2018), Gropius Bau, Berlin and Kunsthaus Graz (2019), GfZK Leipzig and Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover (2020).
Antje Majewski’s practice comprises paintings, video works, texts and performances. Her most recent works question the cultural migration of objects and nature-culture entanglements between people and plants. An integral part of Majewski’s process is her recurring collaboration with other artists, ecological groups and urbanism-focused collectives. Her works have been shown in Kunsthaus Graz (2019), Gropius Bau, Berlin (2019); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2018), CCA Tel Aviv (2016) and Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2016).