Studio talks by Berlin artists Jana Müller, Ulrika Segerberg and Anna Okrasko
The works in the current exhibition »decapitalize humanity« deal with received structures, social injustice, and modes of action combining the private and the political. »Salon DKB« approaches the show's content through the work of Ulrika Segerberg and invites visitors for a dialogue with two other members of the Deutscher Künstlerbund.
In their work, the three artists engage with the (de)construction of (hi)stories. In the interplay of document and fiction, reality and staged content, prevailing identity politics are revealed and translated into large-scale installations of various media including ceramics, painting, storyboards, photography and film. The studio tour offers insights into practice of the three artists, who enter into conversation with each other and with their visitors.
The »Salon DKB« is taking place as part of »decapitalize humanity«, an exhibition by the Diversity Working Group.
because no more than 20 people can take part, please register by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 May 2022
The event is free of charge. We kindly ask you to wear a FFP2 or a medical mask.
Jana Müller's studio
Putbusser Straße 22, 13355 Berlin
Guests: Anna Okrasko and Ulrika Segerberg
then walk together to
Ulrika Segerberg's studio
Tromsöer Straße 6, 13359 Berlin
Guests: Jana Müller and Anna Okrasko
In her current project, Falscher Hase (Meat loaf), the artist works with traces of the past that extend into the present, creating both a personal reconstruction of history and one that is fact-based and collective.
The work is based on numerous conversation with her father, who in East Germany worked as a criminologist. Although crime "officially didn't exist in this country", her father had much to report. Müller relates her father's story to the present, where crimes can be watched live on social media, while they are being committed. In search of materials for her research, she visits various places and archives.
Jana Müller, born 1977 in Halle an der Saale; studied art photography at Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts; lives in Berlin. In recent years, she has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts, Mainz, and the University of Arts, Berlin. Her work has been shown in various contexts, including: "Findungen", Deutscher Künstlerbund, "Vergessen - Warum wir nicht alles erinnern“, Historisches Museum Frankfurt/Main; „Traces of Truth“, solo exhibtion at Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin. She has received many grants for her projects. She also regularly cooperates with various artists, as in her current project with Matthew Cowan under the title Background of the Background.
Ulrika Segerberg's draws on stories and visual worlds from popular culture, mythology and fairy tales, taking inspiration, for example, from the Greek goddess Baubo or the witch Baba Jaga. With these narratives she catapults herself and the viewer into hitherto unknown, imaginary spaces. From her starting point of painting, she explores the possibilities and limits of other materials and media, bringing texts, textile objects and ceramics into relation with one another in site-specific installations. In this way, she approaches a given theme from different viewpoints.
Ulrika Segerberg, born 1976 in Eskilstuna, Sweden; studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and the School of Visual Arts, New York; lives and works in Berlin. Her works and performances have been shown among others, at: Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordhorn; Dorich House Museum, London; Grimmuseum, Berlin; Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås, SE; LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, AT; dispari&dispari project, Berlin / Reggio Emilia, IT and Hebbel am Ufer, HAU, Berlin. She also realizes art in architecture projects and makes music in the duos matka and M.O.G. (the mothers of god).
In her fictional documentary films, Anna Okrasko addresses issues such as problems of identity among Polish migrant workers, the consequences of post-socialist transformation in the Upper Silesia region, and the impact of ruthless capitalist economies on individuals and communities. Belonging and cultural diversity are central themes of her artistic research, in which she pursues the goal of turning film images on screen into a "social sculpture".
Anna Okrasko, born 1981 in Warsaw, Polen; graduated in painting from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 2004 and completed her MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, 2011. Her works have featured in many solo and group shows, at venues including: Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL; TENT, Rotterdam, NL; 41st International Film Festival, Rotterdam, NL; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakau, PL. Among other awards, she has received a grant from the Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation, the Promotieprijs 2011 from Stichting Promotieprijs in Rotterdam, the basic scholarship from the Mondriaan Fonds and a residence scholarship Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.