until 21.06. | #3839ARTatBerlin | Galerie Kornfeld presents on 28. April 2023 the group exhibition Body Language of the artists Tamara Kvesitadze, Valentina, Murabito, Youjin Yi, Pablo Benzo und Jay Gard.
Five artists, five nations, three artistic media and one goal: The exhibition Body L anguage reveals the different relationship to our bodies. It is about strength, about alienation, about suffering and about identity. Physicality becomes (again) perceptible as a human quality in a time when digital experience and artificial intelligence are becoming more and more present. Ultimately, Body language refers to the perception of one’s own materiality both as a physically tangible aspect and the sensations associated with our corporeality.
In the exhibition we show: A sculpture by Tamara Kvesitadze that simultaneously constructs and deconstructs the human body, in search of our human identity. The kinetic sculpture “Revolving Woman” as the likeness of a woman refers to the inner conflicts and the brokenness of our human existence, while her watercolors show the relationships of people and genders that are as full of pleasure as they are of suffering.
Analog photographic works by Valentina Murabito, in which the human being is captured in its physicality and then becomes an ethereal sculpture. Her motifs seem archaic and modern at the same time, exploring the fascination of the human body and its origins. Supplemented by painterly and sculptural elements, the artist’s work explores themes of alienation and familiarity, as well as aggression and vulnerability.
Paintings by the Korean artist Youjin Yi, whose ostensibly childlike and fairytale-like formal language and motifs reflect our longing for transcendental experience. Despite the ambiguity of the figures, which are embedded in dreamlike and supra-temporal spaces, the soft, plastic bodies seem as down-to-earth and tangible as our human bodies.
Paintings by Pablo Benzo, whose delicate language of forms as well as the use of pastel colors evoke the sensuality of our bodies. The play between round and angular, between soft and hard forms directs the eye to objects and landscapes that appear animated and almost human. Memories of the paintings of the South American Surrealists and the Pittura Metafisica are evoked.
Jay Gard’s sculptures speak directly to our senses. Between functionality and free artistic expression, his works seem adapted to our human needs and desires. They are body objects that have their own personal form of expression, forms that can be grasped as feminine as well as masculine.
Tamara Kvesitadze was born in 1968 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Architecture, Tbilisi Technical University, Georgia in 1990. Her works are in major public and private collections in France, USA, Germany, UK, Vietnam, China and Georgia. She has received international recognition for her works and has been shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including at the Venice Biennale, where she represented her native Georgia in 2011, after having been shown there in a group exhibition in 2007.
Valentina Murabito, born in 1981 in Giarre, Italy, studied graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania (Italy). She began experimenting with analog photography at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. She is a member of the German Photographic Academy (DFA) and has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, including at Städtische Galerie Rosenheim & Sammlung SpallArt (2019), Fabbrica del Vapore/EXPO Milan (2015), Stift Klosterneuburg (2014), Museum Migliarino (2014), Albertina Academy of Fine Arts Turin (2013), and Kunstmuseen Erfurt/ Galerie Waidspeicher in 2023. She has received several awards and grants. Since 2023 she is a fellow of the Adenauer-Konrad-Stiftung.
Youjin Yi, born 1980 in Gangneung, Korea, lives and works in Munich. Studied at Sejong University in Seoul and at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Guest student at the Berlin University of the Arts with Leiko Ikemura, master student with Günther Förg in Munich. Solo and group exhibitions in Germany, France, Switzerland and South Korea. She has received various grants and awards, including Arbeitsstipendium 2021 Stiftung Kunstfonds/Working Grant Stiftung Kunstfonds and Bayerisches Atelierföderprogramm 2017/18 for visual artists.
Pablo Benzo was born in Santiago de Chile in 1982 and lives in Berlin since 2013. Graphic design studies in 2009 at the University of Chile. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide and has been exhibited at the Fondation Medianoche in Granada (Spain), the Deji Museum in Nanjing, the Xiao Museum, Rizhao (both China) and the Colección Casa, Santiago (Chile), among others.
Jay Gard, born 1984 in Haale and der Saale, lives and works in Berlin. Studied graphics and painting with Prof. Thomas Ruf at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design, Halle, Saale and guest student in the sculpture class of Prof. Florian Slowata, UdK Berlin. Diploma studies in installation and space, Prof. Joachim Blank, Hochschule für Grafik- und Buchkunst, Leipzig. Assistant to Tom Sachs in New York, USA. Various solo and group exhibitions both in Europe and in the USA. Within Germany, various permanent art installations in public space.
Opening: Friday, 28. April 2023, 6 pm until 9 pm
Exhibition dates: Friday, 28. April until Wednesday, 21. June 2023
Special opening hours Gallery Weekend: Friday, 28.- Sunday, 30. April, 11am to 7pmTo the Gallery
Caption: Courtesy of Galerie Kornfeld.
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