until 07.06. | #2434ARTatBerlin | Migrant Bird Space presents from 20th April 2019 the exhibition Wearing the Fog by the artist Yafei Qi.
Yafei Qi is the current AArtist-in-Residence at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. While she resides in the rooftop-studio of the ministry, a solo-exhibition of her previous work will be on display at Migrant Bird Space from April 20 until June 7.
Working with performance and video predominantly, Yafei’s work examines the clashes between cultural norms, traditional values and the mindset of a globalising Chinese society. Themes in her work tackle generational conflicts and modern-day family structures, gender issues, and traditional role-models, as well as the impact of environmental changes on modern Chinese culture. On display in her solo-show will be her videowork but also paintings and drawings that trace the subject matter of her performances and films in a different visual language. The exhibition is the artist’s first solo-show in Germany.
Every year, three artists are given the opportunity to work and exhibit in what is perhaps Berlin’s highest studio: The studio and the surrounding terraces at the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt). Yafei Qi will stay in the residency until the end of June. In her project, she wants to address how immigrants live in Germany and how they deal with potential conflicts of identity. She will conduct interviews and talks from which she will create an experimental film. Various studio visits and artist talks will be
arranged between April 1 — June 30 and will be announced in due time. With the AArtist in Residence program, the Federal Foreign Office is creating a space for interdisciplinary art projects at the crossroads of German foreign policy. The attic studio at the Federal Foreign Office thus becomes a platform on which art and foreign policy meet. The program is a joint collaboration between the Federal Foreign Office and the Gallery Association of Berlin (LVBG).
Yafei Qi ⻬齐亚菲, born 1987 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, lives and works in Berlin. She is a performance- & video-artist with a background in filmmaking and painting.
After Yafei received her BA in Film- and Video-Art at the China Academy of Fine Arts in 2011, she graduated with a MFA from Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHIB) in 2016. In 2015, she spent a semester at Emily Carr University, Vancouver. Her 2016 piece ‘Wearing the Fog’ has been selected by various international films festivals and won —amongst other awards— “Best Experimental Film” at “The Broadway Film Festival” in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, her performances “Life Tells Lies” and “I wonder why”, as well as the resulting video-works, received international acclaim. Since then, Yafei has had museum exhibitions in Bergen, Shenzhen & Beijing. In 2019, her work will be presented at Bærum Kunsthall, Oslo.
Vernissage: Friday, 19 April 2019, from 7 p.m.
Ausstellungsdaten: Saturday, 20 April – Friday, 7 April 2019Zu Migrant Birds Space
Image caption cover: Yafei Qi – Still from Life tells lies 2017 © Yafei Qi, Migrant Bird Space
Exhibition Yafei Qi | Wearing the Fog – Migrant Bird Space | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin
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