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Artist Spotlight: Claudia Vonderlind

Our local participant Claudia Vonderlind had an especially successful time at the residency. She does what she calls “performative photography”: single images are composed into a video and presented in an interactive, installative context. She investigates role models and identities that she once believed to be obliged to fulfill, influenced by images in magazines and other media. Often, she is her own protagonist, her own canvas.

The multimedia, interdisciplinary art and psychology project RED LIPS investigates the politics of the female body with brilliant irony and bittersweet seriousness, and explores the stigmas, standards, and expectations to which women are exposed.

The artist visits each participant’s home with her MacBook, a tube of red lipstick, and a drink of choice, and leaves them alone for up to four hours. During this time, they take 144 self portraits using the laptop’s photo application. The women do not see each other’s videos. The bed reflects the participants’ intimate and private space, just as the artists’ personal laptop demonstrates her willingness to trust others. Intimacy and closeness, as opposed to disconnencted and fragmented relationships of modern everyday life, are central layers of her work.

When she started RED LIPS two years ago, Claudia made her project open to all people of all ages and genders, but only women have chosen to participate thus far.

We are happy that during our Final exhibition, Red Lips was discovered by Alfred Weidinger, Director of MdbK, who invited Claudia to have an exhibition there in July (tba). Congratulations!

Images courtesy of the artist.

Links:
Claudia Vonderlind
on Facebook

Work in progress: Setup of the Final Exhibition // 08.06.18

After two and a half months of the program, the artists are preparing for the final exhibition in the studio rooms of Pilotenkueche. With the support of the curator, positions are negotiated, new combinations of artworks are discovered, and even walls find new homes as the studio undergoes a metamorphosis in the days leading up to the opening on Friday, which will include work from each of our international residents and local participants, as well as performances from guest artists. 

This time, the final exhibition is incorporated into the Franz-Flemming Open Studio event — during the weekend, several other studios and art spaces on Franz-Flemming-Straße can also be visited. We are excited to show you what we have been working on this round, and hope to see you there!

All photos by Pilotenkueche.

“BAUCHGEFÜHL”/ international group exhibition

Opening: 08.06.18, 18:00h
Open: 09.06.18, 14 – 20h; 11-13.06.18, Mo, Tue, Wed, 10-16h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemmingstr. 9, D-04179 Leipzig, Germany

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Artists
International residents
Alejandro Londono (Painting, Mixed Media; Bogotá, Colombia)
Anna Ill & Steph Huang (Installation, Sculpture, Video, Photography; London, UK)
Benjamin Leal & Henry Bell (Sound, Performance; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Eva Macali (Mixed Media, Poetry; Roma, Italy)
Fatima Nadeem (Printmaking, Painting; Lahore, Pakistan)
Ivan Attila Cremer (Sculpture, Photography; Amsterdam, Netherlands / Los Angeles, California, USA)
Jackson Akitt (Photography; Brighton, UK)
John Berry (Painting; Bloomington, USA)
Leonardo Ciocchini (Painting, Mixed Media; Buenos Aires, Argentinia)
Maryam Abedi (Painting; Teheran, Iran)
Silvina Rodriquez (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Tegwen Evans (Photography, Multimedia, Installation; Berlin, Germany)

Local Participants
Marlet Heckhoff (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)
Claudia Vonderlind (Video, Performance, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Philipp Anders (Curator; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kyla Pinkard (German & English Literature; Leipzig, Germany)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)

Re-View: Consultations // 30.05.18

The consultation between a curator and an artist is a crucial moment for the exhibition. The direct contact between the participants guides the overall direction of the curation, and encourages creativity, a process that transforms the initial and individual ideas. In this pairing, we develop a different concept about an exhibition, one that is greater than the ideas of one mind. The consultation period also allows the artist to reevaluate their work and to compare their ideas with an outsider, which ultimately helps define their position in the exhibition. It is likewise essential for the curator to understand the individual pieces that are a part of the exhibition as a whole. We are looking forward to a night of performances and collaboration, and would again like to invite you to Bauchgefühl, the final exhibition of the 35th round at our studios!

Opening: 08.06.18, 18:00h

Open: 09.03.18,         14 – 20h
            11.– 13.03.18, 10 – 16h

All photos by Pilotenkueche.

Artists
International residents
Alejandro Londono (Painting, Mixed Media; Bogotá, Colombia)
Anna Ill & Steph Huang (Installation, Sculpture, Video, Photography; London, UK)
Benjamin Leal & Henry Bell (Sound, Performance; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Eva Macali (Mixed Media, Poetry; Roma, Italy)
Fatima Nadeem (Printmaking, Painting; Lahore, Pakistan)
Ivan Attila Cremer (Sculpture, Photography; Amsterdam, Netherlands / Los Angeles, California, USA)
Jackson Akitt (Photography; Brighton, UK)
John Berry (Painting; Bloomington, USA)
Leonardo Ciocchini (Painting, Mixed Media; Buenos Aires, Argentinia)
Maryam Abedi (Painting; Teheran, Iran)
Silvina Rodriquez (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Tegwen Evans (Photography, Multimedia, Installation; Berlin, Germany)

Local Participants
Marlet Heckhoff (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)
Claudia Vonderlind (Video, Performance, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Philipp Anders (Curator; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kyla Pinkard (German & English Literature; Leipzig, Germany)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)

Artist Spotlight: John Berry

In this weekly series, we present artists currently working in our studio. Today, we introduce you to John Berry who does painting and printmaking.

Before starting his residency, John planned to investigate the possibilities of organizing a flat surface, the rules it follows and the opportunities these very rules provide, via printmaking and rug design. In Leipzig, he discovered another source of data: the allotment gardens that surround the city. Though the organization of these tiny rectangles is restricted by a German-ish amount of rules, no two gardens look the same. They display a weirdly shaped but still undeniably high grade of freedom, though it is unclear if this freedom exists in spite of or even because of the rules. It’s unclear what is allowed and what is controlled, what is left free and why.

In John’s paintings, this relation is translated into a controlled set of patterns, strictly arranged like the elements of a rug, but still with a vivid, playful sort of intelligence and humor. Taped edges are set next to spray painted areas, seemingly spacious shapes flip back and forth, accidental marks and blurry colors coexist with geometric structures. The motif is never recognizable enough to become the actual protagonist of the painting; the overall construction of the image is meant to be the protagonist.

All photos by Pilotenkueche

 

Links:
John Berry
on Facebook

Final Exhibition // “BAUCHGEFÜHL” of the 35th round / 08.06.18

The Final Exhibition of our residents from the US, Italy, Iran, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Pakistan, Spain, and Taiwan, will present ongoing work after three months spent at the residency. This round of artists had a particular focus on painting, textile art, installation, sculpture, and photography, and two sound artists who also will contribute their work to the program of the Final Show.

Here are impressions of their most recent preview exhibitions, realized and displayed at the spaces of our partner Alte Handelsschule, Krudebude and Ping Pong:

All photos by Pilotenkueche

We are also pleased to incorporate the work of our local participants, Claudia Vonderlind and Marlet Heckhoff, as well as our guest artists featured during the program of the opening night at our studios. All are welcome to board the final flight of the 35th round.

This time, the opening is embedded in to the Franz Flemming Open Studio event. We are also pleased to announced that during this event, a former participant and a future participant have a show together!

“BAUCHGEFÜHL”/ international group exhibition

Opening: 08.06.18, 18:00h
Open: 09.06.18, 14 – 20h; 11-13.06.18, Mo, Tue, Wed, 10-16h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemmingstr. 9, D-04179 Leipzig, Germany

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Program

18:00h  Opening
19:00h  Live Music by Shahryar Dashtoomi
20:00h Sound Performance by High Priest
21:00h Performance by Tegwen Evans
22:00h Aftershow

Artists
International residents
Alejandro Londono (Painting, Mixed Media; Bogotá, Colombia)
Anna Ill & Steph Huang (Installation, Sculpture, Video, Photography; London, UK)
Benjamin Leal & Henry Bell (Sound, Performance; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Eva Macali (Mixed Media, Poetry; Roma, Italy)
Fatima Nadeem (Printmaking, Painting; Lahore, Pakistan)
Ivan Attila Cremer (Sculpture, Photography; Amsterdam, Netherlands / Los Angeles, California, USA)
Jackson Akitt (Photography; Brighton, UK)
John Berry (Painting; Bloomington, USA)
Leonardo Ciocchini (Painting, Mixed Media; Buenos Aires, Argentinia)
Maryam Abedi (Painting; Teheran, Iran)
Silvina Rodriquez (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Tegwen Evans (Photography, Multimedia, Installation; Berlin, Germany)

Local Participants
Marlet Heckhoff (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)
Claudia Vonderlind (Video, Performance, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Philipp Anders (Curator; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kyla Pinkard (German & English Literature; Leipzig, Germany)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)

 

Work in Progress: Exhibition Setup PING PONG and K56 // Opening on 09.05.18

After one month of the program, some of our residents are preparing the first exhibits in the current round. Supported by the curators Sandrine Ngoma and Philipp Anders, they are in the phase of completing their individual projects and setting up “Cabin Pressure” in the art space PING PONG and “151 sec” at K56. We hope to see you at these first exhibits of the 35th round! 

All photos by Pilotenkueche

“Cabin Pressure” / international group exhibition

Opening:  09.05.18, 19h
Open:  10.05-12.05.18, 17 – 20h
Location: PING PONG, Helmholtzstraße 1, 04177 Leipzig, Germany

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Artists
Anna Ill & Steph Huang (Installation, Sculpture, Video, Photography; London, UK)
Benjamin Leal & Henry Bell (Sound, Performance; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Fatima Nadeem (Printmaking, Painting; Lahore, Pakistan)
Maryam Abedi (Painting; Teheran, Iran)

“151 sec” / international group exhibition

Opening: 11.05.18, 19h
Open: 12 / 14 / 16.05.18; 17-20h
Finissage: 26.05.18, 19h
Location: K56, Konradstraße 56, 04315 Leipzig, Germany

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Artists
Benjamin Leal & Henry Bell (Sound, Performance; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Eva Macali (Mixed Media, Poetry; Roma, Italy)
Jackson Akitt (Photography; Brighton, UK)
Silvina Rodriquez (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Tegwen Evans (Photography, Multimedia, Installation; Berlin, Germany)

OPEN CALL FOR EVENT PARTICIPANTS / Deadline: 05.05.18

In view of our upcoming spring exhibition, we invite Leipzig based artists to submit a proposal for the program of our opening night, taking place on June 8th 2018 at our studios! We are looking for:

 
  • Authors
  • Performers
  • Experimental sound artists 

All photos by PILOTENKUECHE 

Send your proposals or ideas to info@pilotenkueche.net by 05.05.18!
 
We await your submissions!

Visiting: Shaima Sobhy // 06.04.18

On Thursday, PILOTENKUECHE visited the studio of Shaima Sobhy, whose paintings are influenced by her Egyptian heritage. Shaima was born in Dubai, worked at German University Cairo and is currently writing her Ph.D.-thesis at Bauhaus University Weimar.

The mostly female figures she displays are often provocatively naked, their bodies twisted in surrealistic deformations, often sexualized, partly veiled, oscillating between two extremes of visibility and complete disguise. Especially in older works, she also includes references to traditional ancient Egyptian artwork. She talked about her motifs as well as her experiences with exhibiting her art in Cairo and Leipzig.
Thank you Shaima for having us!

All Photos by Pilotenkueche

 

Links
Shaima Sobhy in LVZ
Shaima Sobhy on Facebook

 

 

This was the 34th Round

Last week we said goodbye to our most recent residents. We will remember the ideas and collaborative spontaneity inspired by the first round of 2018 to work at our studio! We would also like to thank our interns, local participants, guests and friends, attendees and our supporters, as well as the broader Leipzig community for participating in our events. We hope to foster a continued exchange between our international participants and the local artists.  

Here is a selection of impressions from the 34th round, including museum tours, gallery visits, artist talks, and our preview and final events:

All photos by Pilotenkueche.

International residents
Alexander Hulphers (Painting; Oroville, USA)
Alma Vissher (Installation, Textile; Edmonton, Canada)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Hannah Naify (Painting; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Ilil Kenaan (Performance, Theatre; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jing Yu (Sound Installation, Performance; Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Lucas Rechione (Painting, Sculpture, Video; New York, USA)
Maria Barros (Sculpture; Santiago, Chile)
Mirel Torun (Photography, Drawing; Izmir, Turkey)
Rory Harron (Sculpture, Installation; Redcastle, Donegal, Ireland)
Stephanie Morisette (Installation, Video; Québec, Canada)
Viktor Witkowski (Painting, Video; Norwich, USA)

Local Participants
Anja Heymann (Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
René Schäffer (Photography; Halle, Germany)

Curators
Maria Aria (Curator; Rome, Italy)

Guests
Sébastian Branche (Sound Performance, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)
Georgy Zarubin (Sound Performance; Leipzig, Germany, Russia)
Christoph Liedtke (Literature, Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Mark Hornbogen (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Axel Kores (Sound Performance; Halle, Germany)
Clara Sjölin (Performance; London, UK)
Klinke (Music; Halle, Germany)
DISCO TOTALIS (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)
DJ La Dingue (DJ; Paris, France)
Karen Schneider (DJ; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kay Lotte Pommer (Leipzig, Germany)

Collaboration: Residency Partnership with Lugar a dudas, Colombia // 2019

We are pleased to announce an additional international collaboration that will take place in 2019 with Lugar a dudas, a contemporary art center operating in Cali, Colombia since 2005. Their residency coordinator, Iván Tovar, visited us in March to discuss the possibilities of a collaboration. We look forward to a fruitful partnership!

Venue Impressions

All photos by Lugar a dudas

Links
Lugar a dudas, on facebook