(In)/Animate Objects, Rosalux (Berlin)

Dolls from (In)/Animate Objects, (selections from the J series) were on view at Rosalux in Berlin June 12-23, 2019 as part of the group show, “Didn’t you know what you were carrying on your back?”, curated by Sean Meredith. There was an opening reception on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

From the press release:

In June, twenty art spaces from Los Angeles will be exhibiting with spaces in Berlin as part of an international exchange. Track 16 will be exhibiting at ROSALUX, who hold “the transformative potential of art and humanism” as one of their core principals.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Goya’s drawing called “Didn’t you know what you were carrying on your back?” which pictures a rotund Dominican friar pleasantly sitting on the back of a peasant working in a field. Each of the artists included is driven to make works that explore the personal and collective baggage that weighs on human existence. The weight of experiences and histories adds depth and meaning to our lives, but – like a fat friar – too much baggage becomes oppression. It is the obsession of these artists to make meaning of this oppression, to express the inexpressible, and to encode what can’t be spoken.

“Didn’t you know what you were carrying on your back?”, Goya

The artists in the exhibition include: Debra Broz, John Collins, Marsian De Lellis, Georganne Deen, Adrienne DeVine, Simone Gad, Samantha Harrison, Kathleen Henderson, Mondongo, Elyse Pignolet, Laurie Steelink, Camilla Taylor, Noa Yekutieli, and Liz Young

On Monday, June 10th B-LA’s Tour 3 will be a walking tour of five exhibition spaces including Rosalux.

Rosalux is an artist-run space in which artistic production, presentation and reflection take place independently of commercial or institutional criteria. Its main objective is to follow, support and present the latest developments in terms of research and artistic practice.

Rosalux is located at: Wriezener Straße 12, 13359 Berlin. Hours are Saturdays 2-6 pm and by appointment. For details, contact info@rosalux.com

B-LA CONNECT is a platform to promote the cooperation and interlinking between the two sister cities’ creative communities. Over the next two years a major exhibition and exchange project is scheduled to take place between artist/curator run project spaces and collectives from Berlin and Los Angeles: In June 2019, 20 art spaces from Los Angeles will exhibit in 22 art spaces from Berlin. The interdisciplinary program includes art exhibitions, film screenings, performances, talks, and more. The following year, in 2020, the Berlin art spaces will travel to LA for a return visit.

B-LA CONNECT understands itself as an international cultural exchange on a grass roots level. It brings together members of different art spheres and scenes from both cities. New opportunities for interacting and connecting with each other are created and extended locally inside and transnationally between the two cities.

In the sense of a positive globality B–LA CONNECT seeks to advance the cultural partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles. B-LA CONNECT wants to celebrate urban diversity, show presence and stand against reactionary forces. Berlin and Los Angeles share the urban selfimage of being the world in small, a place of cultural diversity and individual freedom. In light of the rising authoritarian and regressive currents worldwide the two cities stand for a liberal and cosmopolitan openness towards the world. B-LA CONNECT wants to build bridges where others erect walls.

Track 16 is an art gallery located in downtown Los Angeles in the fashion district at the Bendix Building, where I previously exhibited works in Stuck Together: Marsian De Lellis, Simone Gad, Debra Broz.