until 28.01. | #0936ARTatBerlin | Galerie Kehrer presents from 3rd December the exhibition “Beautiful Berlin Boys” by the artist Ashkan Sahihi.
Ashkan Sahihi was born in Tehran in 1963 and grew up in Germany. He moved to
New York in the spring of 1987. For him, like for others of his generation, the city
offered more than just refuge and protection; it was the pure embodiment of progress
The diverse and international community that Sahihi became a part of was soon
shattered by HIV/AIDS. In just a few years, numerous friends and colleagues in the
art and night scenes succumbed to the effects of the virus.
When Sahihi moved to Berlin in 2013, he encountered young, gay men that struck
him as oddly familiar. They reminded him of New York in the 1980s, and of the
search for new forms of identity. It seemed as if Berlin of the 2010s had replaced the
old New York as the city of dreams.
Sahihi’s latest series, »Beautiful Berlin Boys,« is not only an homage to friends of
days gone by; it also takes a stand for life in openness and liberty, for belonging and
tolerance – individually and unconditionally.
Ashkan Sahihi has lived and worked in Berlin since 2013. He has photographed for
notable publications such as ZEITmagazin, the New Yorker, and Vogue. In the last
years he has turned his focus to conceptual series, with exhibitions at
MoMA/PS1/New York, Macro/Rome, the Akademie der Künste/Berlin, and the
Andrea Rosen Gallery/New York. His most recent work, »Die Berlinerin« (published
in 2015), is a photographic- sociological study of women in Berlin.
Vernissage: Friday, 2nd December 2016, 7-9 p.m. The artists will be present and signing copies of the newly released publication »Beautiful Berlin Boys« at the opening.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 3rd December 2016 to Saturday, 28th January 2017 (Winter break: Please take note that the gallery will be closed between December 24, 2016 and January 10, 2017.)Zur Kehrer Galerie
Image caption: via Galerie Kehrer, Ashkan Sahihi
Exhibition Ashkan Sahihi – Galerie Kehrer – Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin