COMPLEX PLACES opens a new programming vector for Sismógrafo. Every two years, we will establish a dialogue with an international space that will take the form of exhibitions, held either at Sismógrafo or at the gest collective’s home. It is in this context that we welcome STATIONS, a Berlin-based project founded by Melissa Canbaz and Mihaela Chiriac. In 2024, it will be Sismógrafo's turn to travel to Berlin.
How can the physical and immaterial aspects of a place be replicated, translated, or transposed to another context that has its own idiosyncrasies and specifics? When Sismógrafo invited us to organize an exhibition in their current space in Bonfim, we considered how we could address both the particularities and affinities of our respective spaces and practices. With both places and spaces in mind, we invited Berlin-based artists Sofia Duchovny and Michael Kleine to collaborate on this exhibition. Both artists' works deal with notions...of mise-en-scène, performativity, theatricality, and explore specific conditions of reception and viewership.
As with any site – in this case, any exhibition site – its characteristics are fundamental to the practices, transactions, interventions, and objects that develop at or for it. Tightly woven and interdependent social and architectonic parameters influence our various practices considerably. The exhibition features an installation by Sofia Duchovny which is doubly – and paradoxically – site-specific, and a mise-en-scène with theatrical props by Michael Kleine. While playfully pointing to the individual and collective narratives we invest in places and objects, the artists invite the viewer to mentally inhabit and explore the intersections and differences of various kinds of spaces simultaneously and to add their own.
Sofia Duchovny (1988, Moscow) lives and works in Berlin. She finished her studies in 2014 at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main as master student of Monika Baer. In 2016, she participated in the Berlin Program for Artists. Her work has been exhibited at Künstlerhaus Balmoral, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Kunsthalle Freeport, Kunsthal Aarhus, CONDO, New York, Kunstverein Göttingen, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Kunstverein Hannover, Between Bridges, and Kunstverein Braunschweig, amongst others. In 2016 she received a residency at HIAP in Helsinki, Finland.
Michael Kleine (1981, Lahr), lives and works Berlin, Germany. He received his MA in musical theater directing at the HfMT, Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. His objects, installations, performances have been shown at the Bonner Kunstverein, KV – Verein für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Volksbühne Berlin, Schinkel Pavillon Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, Sammlung Klosterfelde Hamburg, Ruhr Triennale Bochum, Theater Basel, Museion Bozen, and the Biennale d’Arte di Venezia, among others. As a visual artist, he received a travel grant from Neue Kunst in Hamburg and was a fellow of the Akademie Musiktheater heute, Frankfurt am Main.
STATIONS are Melissa Canbaz (1986, Hannover) and Mihaela Chiriac (1984, Brasov). STATIONS started in 2017 as a nomadic curatorial project and since 2019 it is located in Kreuzberg, an ethnically heterogenous and densely populated neighborhood in Berlin. STATIONS’ program is inspired and directed towards collaborative practices and shaped by an interdisciplinary approach that includes live concerts, readings, book presentations, and lectures, alongside exhibitions.
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