until 01.07. | #3928ARTatBerlin | Q Gallery presents from 1st of June 2023 the exhibition “RADIX – Radical Root Explorations in Berlin and Baku” by artists Elnara Nasirli and Elfi Greb.
RADIX is a double exhibition by two artists from Berlin and Baku dedicated to root architecture as a central concept for growth, survival and belonging. RADIX – Radical Root Explorations in Berlin and Baku provides a nuanced look at the multiple mechanisms of rootedness in a changing climate and technological age.
Homeostasis 10. Homeostasis 6.acrylic, pigment, spray paint on woodboard, DIA 100 cm, 2023,
Foto Adil Yusufov, @Elnara Nasirli.jpg
Curated by Emin Mammadov, the exhibition focuses on the effects of climate change on soils, the evolution of identity, and the connection between plant root growth and neuroplasticity. Visitors are invited to explore their own roots and reflect on what connects them to their environment and community.
French Hospital, 2014, Pigment print on alu-dibond, 90 x 60 cm © Elfi Greb
In nature, the architecture of roots plays a central role in the growth and survival of trees and plants. For us humans, too, it is important to feel rooted to a particular place, community or culture in order to develop a sense of connection, belonging and identity. This not only gives us a sense of security, but also a purpose in life.
Portrait of the artist © Elfi Greb
The photographic works of Berlin-based artist Elfi Greb show how profound this need for rootedness can be. Her photographs tell the story of times past and people who have settled in the wild landscape of Iceland. In juxtaposing architecture and landscape, the artist reveals a deep understanding of the relationship between humans and nature. At the same time, Greb’s work explores the question of how we humans locate ourselves in our surroundings and what role the landscape plays in our identity formation.
The photographic works of Berlin-based artist Elfi Greb (*1966, Traunstein, DE) show how profound this need for rootedness can be. Her photographs tell the story of past times and people who have settled in the wild landscape of Iceland. In the juxtaposition of architecture and landscape, the artist reveals a deep understanding of the relationship between man and nature. At the same time, Greb’s work explores the question of how we humans locate ourselves in our surroundings and what role the landscape plays in our identity formation.
“I filter the first impression created by the photographic image and try to capture the essence of the photograph through different techniques and make the subtle story behind it tangible.”
Elfi Greb has lived and worked in Berlin, Germany since 1989. During her studies at the University of the Arts from 1989 onwards, Greb was primarily concerned with the possibilities of digital photography. Currently, her artistic work focuses on landscape photography and its ambivalence between places that have been shaped by human influence and untouched nature. Elfi Greb’s work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions, including at Q Gallery Berlin, Haus am Kleistpark, Rathenau-Hallen, GEDOK and as part of Nanseolheon International Exchange Gangnneung in South Korea.
Portrait of the artist, © Elnara Nasirli, photo: Adil Yusufov
Artist Elnara Nasirli, born in Baku, explores the relationship between nature and technology in her object art. She draws on organic and inorganic materials such as wood, moss, metal, and plastic to illustrate the multidimensional layers of meaning in root architecture. By synthesizing abstraction and figuration, Nasirli is able to create unique new worlds that give viewers a previously unknown perspective on our planet.
“It feels like I’ve been a dormant volcano all this time. Now it’s a story of liberation from all the suppressed personal expression.”
Elnara Nasirli, Baku Magazine, 2023
Elnara Nasirli lives and works in Baku, Azerbaijan. Originally coming from a professional background in environmental engineering, Nasirli draws inspiration for her art biotechnology and mixed media. In her paintings, sculptures, collages and installations, she creates biomorphic worlds through the use of unconventional materials. The fact that she was not allowed to paint professionally for almost two decades due to family circumstances has given her time to mature. Between 2005 and 2012, Elnara Nasirli obtained various artistic certificates, including at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Since 2004, her art has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Azerbaijan. In 2023, the Zurab Zereteli Museum of Modern Art in Tbilisi, Georgia, dedicated a solo exhibition to her.
Kalfafell, 2014, Pigment print on alu-dibond, 90 x 60 cm © Elfi Greb
The exhibition can be experienced from 01 June 2023 at Q Gallery, Großgörschenstraße 7, 10827 Berlin-Schöneberg.
Opening: Thursday, 01. June 2023 from 7pm to 10pm. Opening by the art historian Inge H. Schmidt. The artists will be present.
Exhibition dates: Thursday, 01. June – Saturday, 01. July 2023To the Gallery
Image caption: Confluence 2022, Acrylic, pigment, spray paint on canvas,170 x 300 cm, 2022, Foto Adil Yusufov, @Elnara Nasirl
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