© Foto: SEMÂ BEKIROVIĆ
Semâ Bekirović lives and works as an artist and curator in the Netherlands. She studied at the Rietveld Academy and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her work can be understood as playful conceptual art in which objects, people, animals and/or chemical reactions stimulate each other to play their roles in a randomly staged play.
Based on sculptures and texts from the GDR era, three works are created that deal with their perception in order to create a dialogue between past and present. One video shows children tracing figures of a relief based on Brecht's praise poems. A silicone cast of the work "Kampf und Sieg" (Fight and Victory) by the late artist Johannes Belz is used as an installation as a temporary memorial to the artist, who had to face many restrictions in the creation of the work. A video work shows a student (Octavio Gulde) reading from a diary. What is confusing: the diary is written in the "I" form, but describes a life during the GDR. It is the diary of his grandfather, who describes his hopes, dreams, disillusions. The text makes us aware of this specific story as well as the universal dreams of change.
© Foto: IRÈNE HUG
Irène Hug lives and works as a visual artist in Berlin-Mitte. She studied painting at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Irène Hug confronts messages in glaring neon signs, objects, installations and photographs. She montages, quotes or retouches, reacting to found materials, situations or stereotypical appearances and commenting on them creatively. Beetweeen Funny and ironic, she questions the perception of the supposedly neutral world, entanglements in omnipresent consumption and challenges the viewer to get to the bottom of the true meaning of things and words behind the surfaces.
While walking through the Sonnenberg, Irène Hug discovered one of the many empty historism-houses with the inscription VITAMINE above the locked shop door. This led her to the discovery of the 13 vitamins; 1913: vitamin A, 1918: vitamin D, 1920: vitamin B2 etc. This was around the time when these houses were built. Also the writing above the shop, probably dates from that time. What was so important back then, an invisible substance, was suddenly defined and recognised as vital. All that remains in the shop is a mountain of rubbish, Testimonies of the recent past. But now things cast great shadows and refuse to fade. They even move and postulate VITA.