Alkatraz Gallery: At the Eye Level

You are cordially invited to the opening of the group exhibition At the eye level by artists of Kolonie Wedding Association from Berlin, on Friday, 18th October at 8 pm at the Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova mesto. You are also welcome to the discussion with visiting artists on the same day at 6 pm at SCCA Project room at Metelkova ulica 6.

The exhibition entitled At the Eye Level represents a selection of artworks of nine artists; male and female, who operate as artists and gallerists within the Berlin’s Kolonie Wedding. This is an association of non-commercial artistic spaces in the Berlin’s quartier called Wedding, which started as an initiative supporting a tenant (management) co-operative of the Soldinerstrasse community, established in 2001.

The support given to the autonomous managers in the Wedding quarter has gradually turned into an initiative oriented to the transformation of degraded spaces into exhibition and project spaces. Currently, every last Friday in a month there are exhibition openings at some of the project rooms and studios. In the same evening and on Sunday afternoons there are public guided tours at each of the exhibition spaces, displaying a wide selection of international contemporary art, and visual art is often augmented with music, poetry, and club programme. Due to the lively artistic activities, the totally transfigured community now attracts ever more visitors and its local residents.

The exhibition at the Alkatraz Gallery is a fruit of the collaboration between the Kolonie Wedding association and the gallery which dates back to 2011, to an exhibition of Mirjana Batinić and Robertina Šebjanić Break of Whiteness (Lom beline). Last year, eight Slovene artists, invited by the Alkatraz Gallery, were presented at three galleries of Kolonie Wedding with a project Exit Station. Exhibited this October in Ljubljana, there will be the artworks of artists coming from Berlin: Vladimir Anselm, Jovan Balov, Christian De Lutz, Tiny Domingos, Archi Galentz, Henrik Jacob, Barbara Klinker, Kate Unger and Josef Vilser. 

At the exhibition opening on Friday, 18th October the exhibited works will be of different approaches and media. The concept of the exhibition consists of an attempt to establish a dialogue about art, conditions of production, art networks, self-organization in the field of artistic creation, and the experiences of those galleries that at the same time also operate as producers of artworks. The above mentioned topics will be exposed at the presentation of the Kolonie Wedding activities in the Project Room of the SCCA – Centre for Contemporary Arts – Ljubljana, on the 17th Ocober at 6 p.m.

The project of the association’s creators intends to establish an exchange of experience between the Berlin and Ljubljana spaces, operating on the principle of self-organization and, have been present in the cultural life of their cities for several years. (Kolonie Wedding has been going since 2002; Alkatraz Gallery as part of ACC Metelkova City since 1996). In the time of economic crisis, populism, questioning of conceptual foundations of the European Union, and the increasing tension among individual singular states, networking, communication and mutual collaboration are especially important as they represent a basis for growth and strengthening of independent cultural centres. Especially the collaboration between the local and international, as well as other projects, represent the core of creative life of the Berlin association. Its members, coming from different countries and environments, searching for creative inspiration through mutual interconnectedness are testing new ways of exchanging and realization of ideas.

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