Sometimes You See Your City Differently | Group Show

Photographed by Ami Erlich.


Diana Artus (DE), Hirohito Nomoto (JP), Pola Sieverding (DE), Eli Singalovski (IL)

Curated by Tina Sauerländer (peer to space)

Opening Reception: May 26, 2016

May 26 – July 9, 2016

Our city surrounds us. Architecture represents socially agreed values and the aesthetic sense of a certain time. Both change constantly and edifices decay, are destroyed, reshaped or restored. The artists of the exhibition explore (residential) houses. They focus on facades, devoid of people. They address relations between buildings and general human living conditions.

Architecture as a global language reveals shared interests and alliances. In the 1950s to 1970s, large domestic housing projects of Brutalist architecture spread around the world. The ambiguous Utopia of an ideal form for collective mass living, often used by suppressive regimes, changed over time. Today the huge housing habitations often appear like primitive hideous dinosaurs. However, over generations these buildings still exist to provide living space.

Eli Singalovski is interested in how residents intervene and alter the architecture of a building they live in. Pola Sieverding explores the change of perception of the large housing estates and its human living conditions. She raises questions of exclusion and enclosure in satellite cities. Both artists focus on the appearance and materiality of the brute material of concrete. They explore the correlation of domestic architecture as expression of the architect’s or urban planner’s purpose and its ability to meet human needs.

Diana Artus explores narratives of cities and reinterprets urban phenomena and architectural complexes. The cities’ transformation resembles the individual recollection process of revising, replacing, losing or adding things. Both, memories and societal values change over time and our self-created surrounds visually reflect these alterations.

Hirohito Nomoto photographs facades of destroyed buildings after the tsunami hit Japan in 2011. His photographs reveal personal loss and grief. In contrast to man-made conflicts, natural disasters that destroy life out of the blue cannot be predicted or prevented.

Architecture speaks about global networks and specific cultural characteristics. In the exhibition space, distinctions, similarities or correlations of buildings from different parts of the world become sensible. In their own visual languages the artists mediate their perception and viewpoint of urbanity. The viewer experiences his environments embedded in a global context that may reveal a new perspective on his own surrounds.


Berlin-based artist Diana Artus, born in 1974, studied Photography at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (Masters in Art, 2010) after already having completed studies of German Literature and Language at the University of Leipzig (Magistra Artium, 2000). Her works are shown internationally, most recently at Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna, Hectoliter Brussels, Uqbar Berlin and Fabra i Coats Center of Contemporary Art Barcelona. Artus received several grants, amongst others artist working grants awarded by the Senate of Berlin (2016) and the Cultural Foundation of Saxony (2012). She was a resident artist at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon (2015), ISCP New York (2008) and Hangar Barcelona (2004).

 Hirohito Nomoto, born in Osaka in 1971, Lives and works in Hiroshima. After the graduation from Osaka University of Arts(1994), he started his career as a photojournalist.  He had first solo exhibition as an artist held in 2009 with the series “Into the Silent Land”.  He presented the series “Façade” in 2012 a year after The Great East Japan Earthquake, the series was selected by international photo festivals like Belfast Photo Festival, Belo Horizonte International Photography Festival, Emergentes dst Prize, and Singapore Photo Festival. His works were exhibited in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, UK, France, Portugal, Netherland, Ireland, Brasil.

Pola Sieverding studied at Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Surikov Institute Moscow and attained her MFA at the University of the Arts Berlin in 2007. She has been invited as an Artist in Residence to Ramallah, Prague and Lisbon and as a visiting lecturer to the International Academy of Art Palestine. Since 2016 she is teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. She was awarded the Work Stipend in the Visual Arts by the Senat of Berlin in 2014 and the Stipend for the Promotion of Junior Achievement in Artistic Fields by the State of Berlin in 2008. Since 2011 she is collaborating with Orson Sieverding on sonic interferences that have been performed at Kunstverein Heidelberg, ReMap 3 in Athens and Kunsthalle Duesseldorf. 2012 she collaborated with Natascha Sadr Haghighian for her project for dOCUMENTA 13. She has exhibited internationally at Aram Art Gallery, Seoul; Art in General, New York; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin; Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin; Dubai Photo Exhibition, Dubai; NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen et al. Pola Sieverding lives and works in Berlin.

Eli Singalovski, born in 1984 in St. Petersburg, Russia, lives and works in Tel Aviv. Graduate of the Department of Photography at Bezalel (2014). Has exhibited a solo show in the Feinberg Projects gallery and has participated in numerous local and international group exhibitions. He has won the EPSON prize for encouraging excellence in the art of photography in 2014. His works are found in various public and private collections worldwide.”


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