SKIN – MEMBRANE, ORGAN, ARCHIVE brings together works by 28 international artists living in Berlin. Skin is a supermaterial: malleable and flexible, breathable and self-regenerating, a protective membrane for bodies, but at the same time also a target: vulnerable and sensitive. Above all, however, skin is charged with meaning. It is socially and culturally coded, determines identities, is an object of politics, religion, and also an economic factor.
The artists engage with the topic of skin via video, audio, photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, installation, and performances. Juxtaposed with the theme is the historically patriarchal exhibition venue – the Spandau Citadel.
The exhibition confronts the male-dominated site with feminist counter-narratives through the thematic complexity of skin, which makes visible the interconnectedness of sexism, racism, classism, ageism, and ableism; bears witness to individual and collective archival practices; and as a simultaneously sensual, resistant, and vulnerable organ becomes the starting point of artistic analysis.
The works are grouped according to three main topics, which are bundled under the terms MEMBRANE, ORGAN, and ARCHIVE. However, these are not to be understood as static attributes, but rather as associative thematic fields that lightly structure the exhibition, which are porous and entangled with one another.
With artworks by: Tina Bara / Mehtap Baydu / Anguezomo Mba Bikoro / Anna Bromley / Yvon Chabrowski / Alba D`Urbano / Manja Ebert / Yishay Garbasz / Ina Geißler / Andrea Golla / Harriet Groß / Isabel Kerkermeier / Rachel Kohn / Verena Kyselka / Julia Lübbecke / Loredana Nemes / Dorothea Nold / Margherita Pevere / Moran Sanderovich / Franziska Schaum / Zuzanna Schmukalla / Moran Shavit / Zuzanna Skiba / Anja Sonnenburg / Marianne Stoll / Ivonne Thein / Sophie Utikal / Gisela Weimann
SKIN – MEMBRANE, ORGAN, ARCHIVE
An exhibition by Frauenmuseum Berlin e.V. in cooperation with alpha nova & galerie futura, curated by Julie August and Katharina Koch
ZAK Galerie - Zentrum für Aktuelle Kunst
Zitadelle, Am Juliusturm 64, 13599 Berlin
Opening: February 9th, 2023, 7pm