LOLA Recommends: Art Events in November
Choice art, film, and performance
Main image: Christian Thompson, Heat, 2010 (video still)
Do you have a fear of missing out? Us too. As Berliners, we live in a constant state of FOMO. It’s a casualty of living in this wonderfully hectic city.
But not to worry! We’ve picked out a handful of bangin’ art events to add to your calendar to guarantee you won’t miss out. From gluttonous installations to glittering drag extravaganzas, there are many opportunities to play this November. Whether playing with food, gender, or words – nothing is off limits in the world of art. So keep reading to find out more about the delectable art events in store this month.
What better way to address consumerism than with an art installation that you can actually consume? Eat your way through Annique Delphine’s entirely edible exhibition, The Last Supper. You may encounter apples dripping with edible glitter, chocolate sauce melted over ice-cream, donuts, marshmallows, and all things boobs in this gluttonous installation. While we drool over the delectable feast laid before us, Annique asks us to contemplate the sexual objectification of women and the way in which they are portrayed as objects of consumption in the media. This is the first installation of the series, Bites & Pieces, curated by Emma McKee and Tania Olivares, which explores food as a temporal medium. The Last Supper will be live streamed, so if you can’t make it to the event you can still witness consumerism in action.
Softness, vulnerability, and fragility are qualities that are often rejected in the traditional ideology of masculinity. In an attempt to breakdown this stereotype, four photographers teamed up to portray a ‘new masculinity’. Joseph Barrett, Annika Weertz, Liam Warton and Phoebe Jane Barrett found one another on Instagram, each using their work to focus on issues of postmodern masculinity. With sensitivity and tenderness, the artists explore the multifaceted expression of gender. See the works of these international artists in real life at the New Masculinity exhibition, presented by Curated by GIRLS. Enjoy music from LOLA’s own DJ Jonny Tiernan from 19:00, special gifts by Tenga, drinks by Michelberger’s Fountain of Youth, and more!
Indigenous Australia: Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia
November 17th, 2017 – April 2nd, 2018
Explore the rich history and diversity of Australian indigenous works with paintings, videos, sculptures, and installations from the National Gallery of Australia. The NGA has the most extensive collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world, and so the opportunity to see it in Berlin is a rare privilege.
Work from the early 19th century to contemporary art will be on view, allowing a visual exploration of the cultural upheaval the Australian indigenous people have experienced. The artists explore issues such as identity, politics, religion, and history. To learn more, take part in a tour on Saturday, November 18th, with NGA Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Franchesca Cubillo. Register at event[at]me-berlin.com, admission is 8 euros.
Who will be Kreuzberg’s next queen? Find out at the first annual Miss Kotti Pageant, where Berlin’s top drag performers will sashay down the runway in competition for the crown. Showcasing their best swimwear, unusual talents, and most fabulous evening gowns, the glamorous performers are going to give it their all. With celebrity judges and extravagant performances, the pageant promises to smash the patriarchy and leave us shouting, ‘YAS QUEEN’ until our voices are but gravelly whispers. You won’t want to miss it.
bodytext is a dance piece exploring the role of handwriting in global upheavals as a medium as expression. Berlin-based choreographer, Modjgan Hashemian has created a performance in which dancers turn their bodies into text, writing with movement. Drawing on her previous projects in which she dealt with the subject of Iran’s political state, Modjgan’s choreography considers the role of graffiti in Iran as a subversive method of communication. She states, “In bodytext, together with the team I attempt to explore the quality, dynamics, rhythm and significance of writing as a form of resistance in the struggle against oppression and censorship.”
The performances will feature Ashkan Afsharian, Kaveh Ghaemi, and Modjgan Hashemian with the support of Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte, production by Modjgan Hashemian in co-production with Akademie der Künste and STUDIO Я. Book your tickets here to experience it for yourself.