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CANCELLED // In der Fremde / Pictures from Home — Photobook Launch Event

Urban Spree and Hatje Cantz invite you to the indoor/outdoor photobook launch of Romeo Alaeff’s, “In der Fremde: Pictures from Home,” published by the esteemed German arthouse publisher, Hatje Cantz.

Romeo Alaeff is a Berlin-based artist from Brooklyn, NY. After moving to Berlin eight years ago, he began a long-term photographic series about migration, belonging, and the universal search for home. Through haunting, cinematic images of Berlin, he charts a new city topography in the context of a complex family history spanning from Yemen to USSR, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Israel/Palestine, and the United States.

The photobook « In der Fremde: Pictures from Home » is composed of eerie nightscapes and Kiezszene in familiar Berlin neighborhoods, but, as the oxymoronic title suggests, strangeness and unfamiliarity lurk in the shadows.

The nocturnal photographs are framed by inspiring essays from Romeo Alaeff, Yuval Noah Harari, Eva Hoffman, Joseph Kertes, Rory MacLean, Christian Rattemeyer, and Charles Simic.

The artist will present his new photobook at Urban Spree, which will unveil an outdoor exhibition consisting of three mural-size photographs (300 x 200 cm) and a series of medium format photos disseminated throughout the garden. The photographer will sign his book and engage with the audience in partnership with the publisher.

The exhibition will be on display in the garden until January 23, 2021.

 

Saturday, November 7th
17:00 – 21:00
Outdoor Event / Free Entry

https://romeoalaeff.com
https://www.hatjecantz.de
https://www.urbanspree.com

Romeo Alaeff, « In der Fremde: Pictures from Home:

Hardcover, 180 pages.
Editor: Nadine Barth
Graphic Design: anschlaege.de
44 Euro



Arbeitstitel completes the 4th and final wall of the StillStand Project

The Berlin artist duo Arbeitstitel (Robert Westphal | Laurent Wians) has completed their mural at Urban Spree, the 4th of the StillStand series and the final wall of the project.

The duo painted an abstract composition, made essentially from fragmented elements and visually impressive with a bright palette, enhanced by sparks of fluorescent yellow.

The AT20 mural at Urban Spree, facing Warschauer Str., will be visible until around the end of July 2020. Photos by Lukas K. Stiller.



Coco Bergholm completes the third wall of the #Stillstand Project

The artist Coco Bergholm has completed her mural at Urban Spree for the #StillSTAND Project, a local initiative to expose the contextual work of local street artists during the time of the pandemic/lockdown.

Coco Bergholm deals with the public space as a place of communication and addresses questions relating to possibilities of participation, passive resistance and disappearance. 

In her mural for STILLTAND the artist is using a part of a quote by Cesar A. Cruz: « COMFORT THE DISTURBED – DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE ».

You can find an interview of the artist in relation to her wall project on the Urban Presents blog.



The #StillSTAND Project 2 with Ida Lawrence

Ida Lawrence completed the second part of the @StillSTAND Project in June 2020 at Urban Spree.

Ida’s project revolved around the idea of representing on the wall heard and overheard sentences of common people about the Corona pandemic, graphically representing them as written with chalk on the pavement.

Ida Lawrence was interviewed by the blog Urban Presents about her wall project at Urban Spree and her trajectory as an artist, from her native Sydney to her adopted Berlin.



The #StillSTAND Project kicks off its first wall with Howtokillagraffiti

The Berlin-based artist howtokillagraffiti inaugurated the #StillSTAND Project by painting the first mural of the 4-part series.

The artist uses graffiti to create a structure and then populates it with various figures and shapes, intertwines them, hides them in plain sight. The outcome is a hybrid work between « painting » and graffiti, blurring the lines between the codified form of graffiti and the freestyle element of modern painting.

To learn more about the artist and his background, read the interview of howtokillagraffiti on the blog platform Urban Presents (in English and German).



#StillSTAND Project’s Vorspiel: Johannes Mundinger and Señor Schnu

Just before the official kickoff of our Still STAND project where 4 applications to paint the Urban Spree Artist Wall have been selected – out of 89 submissions – and will unfold over the course of June and July 2020, both Johannes Mundinger and Señor Schnu wanted to give a face lift to the wall after a long winter, and Corona oblige, actually much longer than we had anticipated.

Johannes Mundinger at Urban Spree, April 2020

Johannes Mundinger painted the large wall at Urban Spree mid-April 2020 (his third take on the wall, setting thereby a new record) with an abstract composition in tune with the « Leave No One Behind » campaign to repatriate refugee children from camps in Greece.

Shortly after, Señor Schnu took over the Wall with a vibrant composition assembling different elements from propaganda, economics, and positive symbols to make a statement: « We can’t return to normal, because the normal we had was precisely the problem » or how legitimate aspirations to « get back to normal » owing to the corona crisis must instead give way to healthier relationships and a different way to create social links.

As the Still STAND team started to get together for the first upcoming wall of the project, our drone photographer, Lukas Stiller, managed to take spectacular shots of the wall at dusk.