Berlin room exhibition
from a distance
Berlin is the place where artists come from
all over the world to work and to communicate their experiences. The artists from
Southeastern Europe, concerned through the difficulties in their own countries,
came to Berlin and communicated their ideas in a new context, influenced from
this new situation but also contributing their experiences from their own countries
By IVANA SPASOJEVIĆ
from Beograd, SERBIA
exhibition of artists who come from South-East of Europe but live in Berlin
- Berlin room - was opened on 16th February in Art Pavilion Cvijeta
Zuzorić in Belgrade. Those are sculptures, photographs and video works
of eleven artists who tried to present their feelings of Balkan as their old homeland,
after living in Berlin, the European center of avant-garde art. Berlin room
is a permanent state of transition between two worlds - old and new homelands,
past and present.
Silva Agostini (Albania), Maja Bajević (Bosnia i Herzegovina),
Šejla Kamerić (Bosnia i Herzegovina), Kristina Leko (Croatia), Dan Mihaltianu
(Romania), Tanja Ostojić (Serbia) & David Rych (Austria), Milovan Destil Marković
(Serbia), Yorgos Sapountzis (Greece), Evanthia Tsantila (Greece), Nasan Tur (Turkey)
i Mariana Vassileva (Bulgaria) - are artists gathered for the exhibition by the
curator Birgit Hoffmeister. They are travelling through Europe and presenting
the exhibition that was firstly shown at Thessaloniki, and then in Bucharest and
Sarajevo. For Belgrade visitors it will remain open till 11th March, and then
moved to Plovdiv and Zagreb.
the history of Berlin influenced their inspiration, about tension between present
and past, institutions that took the initiative and reactions of Balkan people
- for WAVE magazine speaks Birgit Hoffmeister.
- The initiative
for the exhibition Berliner Zimmer came originally from the Goethe-Institut,
Thessaloniki and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art inspired by Action
Field Kodra 2004 in Thessaloniki. The Goethe-Institut asked me to organize
and curate this exhibition from Southeastern European artists living in Berlin.
These artists - whose works are exhibited - live in Berlin that was completely
ruined and rebuilt. How did that contribute to the artists' inspiration, since
they tried to question the connection between their old and new homeland?
- Berlin is the place where artists come from all over the world to work and to
communicate their experiences. The artists from Southeastern Europe, concerned
through the difficulties in their own countries, came to Berlin and communicated
their ideas in a new context, influenced from this new situation but also contributing
their experiences from their own countries.
What were they mainly focused
on during their work? Berlin room is a metaphor - for what?
Berliner Zimmer is certainly as a title a metaphor referring to a central
room of the houses in the beginning of the last century. In this case insinuates
a virtual gathering of the artists involved.
Media frequently write
about the problems Balkan people have been facing during these years of transition.
The tension between present and past still lives in Balkan lands.
- In discussions with the artists I got the feeling that this tension between
present and past is very important and that is strongly visible in their artistic
This exhibition was also presented in Thessaloniki, Bucharest
and Sarajevo. What were the reactions of the visitors?
is the door to door to the Balkan so it was very important that the exhibition
started there. By all the obvious differences in all these countries, for me it
was impressive to see the curiosity and the profound interest, how the local audience
reacted on this exhibition.