until 21.01. | #3683ARTatBerlin | ChertLüdde presents from 12. November 2022 the duo exhibition by the artists Zora Mann & Ozioma Onuzulike.
Galerie ChertLüdde invites you to the vernissage of Zora Mann’s Nectar Hive and Ozioma Onuzulike’s Strings the Length of Our Palm’s Seal at ChertLüdde.
ZORA MANN | Nectar Hive (Gallery One)
Artist Zora Mann (Amersham, 1979) presents her latest exhibition Nectar Hive at ChertLüdde’s Gallery One. Mann, who has been represented by the gallery since 2015, joined the programme after retraining as an artist at the Villa Arson in Nice. There she cultivated a distinct painterly perspective of labyrinthine patterns combining abstract and figurative references from mythology, psychology, nature and more.
In the exhibition Nectar Hive, loose figurations meet urban and honeycomb structures to form a complex network of origins and memories. From the artist’s bird’s eye view of her own life, Mann expands her abilities to create worlds in the upcoming exhibition. The works on display, which the artist began producing after her return to Villa Arson as part of the 2022 residency programme, break through both the two- and three-dimensional realms.
Mann’s rich paintings are deeply personal yet distorted by the view of compound, kaleidoscopic prisms, impregnating the mind with subconscious impressions. Her canvases rest on a cellular membrane with the soft sheen of oils and acrylics but the transparency of watercolours, becoming both a backdrop and an emotional map for the viewer to navigate. Between the paintings, a swarm of biomorphic sculptures with ceramic and wooden elements hang from the ceiling to make the physical and cerebral manifestations of emotion tangible. Focusing on the interconnectedness of nature and its intuitive knowledge, Mann’s exhibition uses colour, pattern and visual similarity to point to human and non-human collectivity.
Portrait of Ozioma Onuzulike with Extra-Large-Sized Jumper, 2022; Natural palm kernel shells, high-fired
earthenware and stoneware clays, ash glazes, recycled glass and copper wire, 330 × 360 × 10 cm; Courtesy of the Artist
OZIOMA ONUZULIKE | Strings the Length of Our Palm’s Seal (Gallery Two)
The exhibition Strings the Length of Our Palm’s Seal is the third solo exhibition by Ozioma Onuzulike (Nigeria, 1972) outside Africa and his first solo exhibition in Germany.
Ceramicist, poet and scholar Onuzulike began his career as an artist at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he is now a professor. An expert in ceramic art and African art history, he reconceptualises traditional West African ceramic materials and techniques as a means of political art, integrating an alternative function to utilitarian pottery. With his high-fired works in earthen and stoneware clay, Onuzulike draws analogies to deep-rooted traumas from civil wars and corporate struggles across the continent, memories that continue to shape and mould the present.
Among the artist’s more recent works, the exhibition presents a series of large-scale ceramic installations that hang like woven tapestries. In works such as Agbada (“1,500 Brand”) and ExtraLarge-Sized Jumper, both from 2022, beads of terracotta palm kernel shells are strung in vertical cells. Here, the artist combines agricultural with socio-political-economic elements by comparing palm kernels to beads and thus to the history of colonialism and the slave trade. In another series, The Honeycomb Project, hexagonal holes cut in clay tiles are lined up like tiles to imitate the architecture of beehives. A product of immense labour, detail and craftsmanship, this series was originally conceived as a tribute to the importance of frontline workers during the first wave of the 2020 pandemic, whose protective clothing reminded the artist of honey farming. Both series become significant protests against the permanent passages of transatlantic trade routes and the global distribution of natural resources.
Opening: Saturday 12 November 2022, from 18:00 – 21:00
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 12 November 2022 until Saturday, 21 January 2023Go to gallery
Image caption: Portrait of Zora Mann in her studio, Berlin, 2022; Photo by Ben Renoux; Courtesy of the Artist and ChertLüdde, Berlin
Exhibition Zora Mann & Ozioma Onuzulike – ChertLüdde | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galerien | ART at Berlin