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Free University of Berlin
The current exhibition is the third edition in a series - there have already been two forerunners in India.
Exactly. During my master’s degree I studied in Delhi for two semesters, and it was there that the idea of doing a joint exhibition in Berlin came up. One of the participating artists, Nihaal Faizal, then had the idea of starting the exhibition in India and thus creating a series. In a first exhibition, three artists from Mumbai exhibited in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. Just a week later, three artists from Bangalore exhibited in Mumbai. So we first brought these six artists together who didn't know each other before. In Berlin, the six will be represented with their work for the first time in a joint exhibition.
What can visitors to the exhibition expect?
Six different artistic positions. First there are two video works that deal with the topic of home in different ways. Nihaal Faizal deals with his grandparents' hotel - a house as a transit point, but for him personally it is always his home. In the second video, the artist Oliver Husain deals with different places in the world where he has lived. It is exciting to see how the spaces that mean “home” for both artists overlap. In addition, there are a total of three installations and a series of images that deal, among other things, with the relationship between man and nature.
In the broadest sense of the word, the artists' works are about the topic of home and concepts of what is meant by “home” - how did you come up with this topic?
It was a flowing process: in the beginning there was a consideration of commonalities. Then we looked at the work of the individual participants and this topic caught our eye. The special attraction for us lies in the fact that the artists deal with the topic of home in an exhibition outside their country of origin. That also has a political component: Who has a home at all, who is forced to leave home to look for a new one?
How is the term “common ground” to be understood in this context?
On the one hand, “ground” means “ground” - we don't want to see national borders as borders for art, but rather see a common ground on which we stand. Already in the first two exhibitions, similarities between the art scene in the cities of Mumbai and Bangalore were sought. The experiment consists in expanding these intersections in Berlin.
The exhibition will open on June 20 with a vernissage - what can visitors to this event expect?
Hopefully a nice mild summer night, definitely an exhibition opening that is open to everyone. We don't have a fixed program, but an open round in which three of the six artists will be on site. This gives you the opportunity to talk to Poonam Jain, Ragini Bhow and Tara Kelton.
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